Thursday, July 9, 2020

#188 Joey Hamilton


EFFICIENT : adjective ef·​fi·​cient | \ i-ˈfi-shənt  \
: productive of desired effects

His career ERA is a very efficient 4.44

Win–loss record 74–73
Earned run average 4.44 (hey, my favorite number!)
Strikeouts 894

San Diego Padres (1994–1998)
Toronto Blue Jays (1999–2001)
Cincinnati Reds (2001–2003)


Saturday, June 27, 2020

#187 Tony Gwynn



SCHOLAR : noun \ ˈskä-lər  \
: a person who has done advanced study in a special field

Majored in being awesome.

Batting average .338
Hits 3,141
Home runs 135
Runs batted in 1,138 
San Diego Padres (1982–2001)

8× NL batting champion (1984, 1987–1989, 1994–1997)
15× All-Star (1984–1987, 1989–1999)
5× Gold Glove Award (1986–1987, 1989–1991)
7× Silver Slugger Award (1984, 1986–1987, 1989, 1994–1995, 1997)
Roberto Clemente Award (1999)
San Diego Padres No. 19 retired
San Diego Padres Hall of Fame

Member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame 2007
Vote 97.6% (first ballot)

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

#186 Steve Finley


PRODUCING : transitive verb  \prə-ˈdüs\
: to cause to have existence or to happen : BRING ABOUT

Hit three home runs in a game twice in the same season (1997)

Batting average .271
Hits 2,548
Home runs 304
Runs batted in 1,167

Baltimore Orioles (1989–1990)
Houston Astros (1991–1994)
San Diego Padres (1995–1998)
Arizona Diamondbacks (1999–2004)
Los Angeles Dodgers (2004)
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (2005)
San Francisco Giants (2006)
Colorado Rockies (2007)

2× All-Star (1997, 2000)
World Series champion (2001)
5× Gold Glove Award (1995, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2004)


Wednesday, June 10, 2020

#185 Ken Caminiti


SECURE : adjective \ si-ˈkyu̇r \
: assured in opinion or expectation : having no doubt

Turned out Caminiti wasn't as secure as we all thought. Sad story.

Batting average .272
Home runs 239
Runs batted in 983

Houston Astros (1987–1994)
San Diego Padres (1995–1998)
Houston Astros (1999–2000)
Texas Rangers (2001)
Atlanta Braves (2001)

3× All-Star (1994, 1996, 1997)
NL MVP (1996)
3× Gold Glove Award (1995–1997)
Silver Slugger Award (1996)
San Diego Padres Hall of Fame

Friday, June 5, 2020

#184 Andy Benes


STEEL : noun \ ˈstēl  \
: commercial iron that contains carbon in any amount up to about 1.7 percent as an essential alloying constituent, is malleable when under suitable conditions, and is distinguished from cast iron by its malleability and lower carbon content ;-)

Had a habit of gritting his teeth when preparing to throw a slider, tipping off many a keen batter.

Win–loss record 155–139
Earned run average 3.97
Strikeouts 2,000

San Diego Padres (1989–1995)
Seattle Mariners (1995)
St. Louis Cardinals (1996–1997)
Arizona Diamondbacks (1998–1999)
St. Louis Cardinals (2000–2002)

All-Star (1993)
NL strikeout leader (1994)

Sunday, May 31, 2020

#183 Ozzie Smith


SAVVY : adjective \ ˈsa-vē  \
: having or showing perception, comprehension, or shrewdness especially in practical matters

SAVVY is a good choice, but WIZARD would have been better.

Batting average .262
Hits 2,460
Home runs 28
Runs batted in 793
Stolen bases 580

San Diego Padres (1978–1981)
St. Louis Cardinals (1982–1996)

15× All-Star (1981–1992, 1994–1996)
World Series champion (1982)
NLCS MVP (1985)
13× Gold Glove Award (1980–1992)
Silver Slugger Award (1987)
Roberto Clemente Award (1995)
St. Louis Cardinals No. 1 retired
St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame

Member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame 2002
Vote 91.7% (first ballot)


Wednesday, May 27, 2020

#182 Ray Lankford


HUSTLING : intransitive verb \ ˈhə-​s(ə-​)liŋ  \
: to play a game or sport in an alert aggressive manner

Five seasons of 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases.

Batting average .272
Home runs 238
Runs batted in 874

St. Louis Cardinals (1990–2001)
San Diego Padres (2001–2002)
St. Louis Cardinals (2004)

All-Star (1997)
St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame