Thursday, September 24, 2020

#191 Rod Beck

 

TORCH : noun : \ ˈtȯrch  
: any of various portable devices for emitting an unusually hot flame


Becks portable arm emits an unusually hot flame when throwing a baseball.

Died tragically at the age of 38 in 2007.

Win–loss record 38–45
Earned run average 3.30
Strikeouts 644
Saves 286

San Francisco Giants (1991–1997)
Chicago Cubs (1998–1999)
Boston Red Sox (1999–2001)
San Diego Padres (2003–2004)

3× All-Star (1993, 1994, 1997)
NL Rolaids Relief Man Award (1994)
San Francisco Giants Wall of Fame

Friday, September 18, 2020

#190 Scott Sanders


SLIDER : noun : slid·​er | \ ˈslī-dər  \
 : a fast baseball pitch that breaks slightly in the same direction as a curve
or
: a very small meat sandwich typically served on a bun


Not sure which one Emotion is talking about.

Win–loss record 34–45
Earned run average 4.86
Strikeouts 632

San Diego Padres (1993–1996)
Seattle Mariners (1997)
Detroit Tigers (1997–1998)
San Diego Padres (1998)
Chicago Cubs (1999)
Nippon-Ham Fighters (2001)



Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Emotion Recap - Page 21


#181 Brian Jordan - VERSATILE
#182 Ray Lankford - HUSTLING
#183 Ozzie Smith - SAVVY
#184 Andy Benes - STEEL
#185 Ken Caminiti - SECURE
#186 Steve Finley - PRODUCING
#187 Tony Gwynn - SCHOLAR
#188 Joey Hamilton - EFFICIENT
#189 Melvin Nieves - STRAINING

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

#189 Melvin Nieves


STRAINING : transitive verb : \ ˈstrān-ing  \
: to exert (oneself, one's senses, etc.) to the utmost

Probably not the best description for a ballplayer. Kinda sounds likes he's beyond his limit, and not in a good way.

Batting average .231
Home runs 63
Runs batted in 187

Atlanta Braves (1992)
San Diego Padres (1993–1995)
Detroit Tigers (1996–1997)
Cincinnati Reds (1998)
Fukuoka Daiei Hawks (1999–2000)

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

Sunday, May 24, 2020

#181 Brian Jordan


VERSATILE : adjective  \ ˈvər-sə-tᵊl \
: embracing a variety of subjects, fields, or skills

Two-sport superhuman, professional football and baseball.

Batting average .282
Home runs 184
Runs batted in 821

St. Louis Cardinals (1992–1998)
Atlanta Braves (1999–2001)
Los Angeles Dodgers (2002–2003)
Texas Rangers (2004)
Atlanta Braves (2005–2006)

All-Star (1999)


Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Emotion Recap - Page 20

#172 Jay Bell - KEYSTONE
#173 Micah Franklin - LEARNING
#174 Mark Johnson - POTENTIAL
#175 Jeff King - SMOOTH
#176 Al Martin - SPRINT
#177 Dan Miceli - ICY
#178 Denny Neagle - CONCENTRATION
#179 Bernard Gilkey - JOY
#180 Ken Hill - FOLLOW-THROUGH



Tuesday, May 12, 2020

#180 Ken Hill


FOLLOW-THROUGH : verb \ ˈfä-lō-ˌthrü \
: to continue a stroke or motion to the end of its arc

Hill was going strong at 16-5 with a 3.32 ERA in 1994, when the season was ended by a strike on August 12. He was on pace for a 23-7 season. 

Win–Loss record 117–109
Earned run average 4.06
Strikeouts 1,181

St. Louis Cardinals (1988–1991)
Montreal Expos (1992–1994)
St. Louis Cardinals (1995)
Cleveland Indians (1995)
Texas Rangers (1996–1997)
Anaheim Angels (1997–2000)
Chicago White Sox (2000)
Tampa Bay Devil Rays (2001)

All-Star (1994)
NL wins leader (1994)

Saturday, May 9, 2020

#179 Bernard Gilkey


JOY : noun \ ˈjȯi  \
: a source or cause of delight

Can anyone testify that Bernard Gilkey was actually a joy to watch? I never saw him play.

Batting average .275
Home runs 118
Runs batted in 546

St. Louis Cardinals (1990–1995)
New York Mets (1996–1998)
Arizona Diamondbacks (1998–2000)
Boston Red Sox (2000)
Atlanta Braves (2001)

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

#178 Denny Neagle


CONCENTRATION : noun  \ ˌkän(t)-sən-ˈtrā-shən  , -ˌsen- \
: the act or process of concentrating : the state of being concentrated
especially : direction of attention to a single object

His concentration got him in trouble with the law a few times.

Win–loss record 124–92
Earned run average 4.24
Strikeouts 1,415

Minnesota Twins (1991)
Pittsburgh Pirates (1992–1996)
Atlanta Braves (1996–1998)
Cincinnati Reds (1999–2000)
New York Yankees (2000)
Colorado Rockies (2001–2003)

2× All-Star (1995, 1997)
World Series champion (2000)
NL wins leader (1997)

Friday, May 1, 2020

#177 Dan Miceli


ICY : adjective \ ˈī-sē  \
: not friendly or kind

Dan never stayed long enough to learn the bullpen catchers name.

Win–loss record 43–52
Earned run average 4.48
Strikeouts 632

Pittsburgh Pirates (1993–1996)
Detroit Tigers (1997)
San Diego Padres (1998–1999)
Florida Marlins (2000–2001)
Colorado Rockies (2001)
Texas Rangers (2002)
Colorado Rockies (2003)
Cleveland Indians (2003)
New York Yankees (2003)
Houston Astros (2003–2004)
Yomiuri Giants (2005)
Colorado Rockies (2005)
Tampa Bay Devil Rays (2006)


Tuesday, April 28, 2020

#176 Al Martin


SPRINT : intransitive verb \ ˈsprint  \
: to run or go at top speed especially for a short distance


He led the NL in runs scored, so I guess he was fast.

Batting average .276
Home runs 132
Runs batted in 485

Pittsburgh Pirates (1992–1999)
San Diego Padres (2000)
Seattle Mariners (2000–2001)
Tampa Bay Devil Rays (2003)
LG Twins (2004)


Saturday, April 25, 2020

#175 Jeff King


SMOOTH : adjective \ ˈsmüt͟h  \
: excessively and often artfully suave

"No need to ask, he's a smooth operator..."

Batting average .256
Home runs 154
Runs batted in 709

Pittsburgh Pirates (1989–1996)
Kansas City Royals (1997–1999)


Tuesday, April 21, 2020

#174 Mark Johnson



POTENTIAL : adjective \ pə-ˈten(t)-shəl  \
 existing in possibility : capable of development into actuality


Potential is not always reality.

Batting average .232
Home runs 38
Runs batted in 137

Pittsburgh Pirates (1995–1997)
Anaheim Angels (1998)
Hanshin Tigers (1999)
New York Mets (2000–2002)


Saturday, April 18, 2020

#173 Micah Franklin


LEARNING : noun \ ˈlər-niŋ \
: the activity or process of gaining knowledge or skill by studying, practicing, being taught, or experiencing something : the activity of someone who learns


Micah was learning the blues after only 17 games at the major league level.

Batting average .324
Home runs 2
Runs batted in 2

St. Louis Cardinals (1997)
Nippon Ham Fighters (1999–2000)
Hanshin Tigers (2000)
Hyundai Unicorns (2002–2003)


Wednesday, April 15, 2020

#172 Jay Bell


KEYSTONE : noun \ ˈkē-ˌstōn  \
: something on which other things depend for support


Jay Bell was probably the wise old veteran in the Pirates clubhouse.

Batting average .265
Home runs 195
Runs batted in 860

Cleveland Indians (1986–1988)
Pittsburgh Pirates (1989–1996)
Kansas City Royals (1997)
Arizona Diamondbacks (1998–2002)
New York Mets (2003)

2× All-Star (1993, 1999)
World Series champion (2001)
Gold Glove Award (1993)
Silver Slugger Award (1993)

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Emotion Recap - Page 19


#163 Ricky Bottalico - PROSPECT
#164 Darren Daulton - LEADER
#165 Lenny Dykstra - NAILS
#166 Charlie Hayes - PRIMED
#167 Dave Hollins - WILLPOWER
#168 Gregg Jefferies - PERPARING
#169 Michael Mimbs - CRAFTY
#170 Curt Schilling - STRIVING
#171 Heathcliff Slocumb - CLUTCH



Wednesday, April 8, 2020

#171 Heathcliff Slocumb


CLUTCH : adjective \ ˈkləch  \
: successful in a crucial situation

Often considered one of the most lopsided trades in history, in 1997 he was traded from the Red Sox to the Mariners for Derek Lowe and catcher Jason Varitek. Guess who got the better deal.

Win–loss record 28–37
Earned run average 4.08
Strikeouts 513
Saves 98

Chicago Cubs (1991–1993)
Cleveland Indians (1993)
Philadelphia Phillies (1994–1995)
Boston Red Sox (1996–1997)
Seattle Mariners (1997–1998)
Baltimore Orioles (1999)
St. Louis Cardinals (1999–2000)
San Diego Padres (2000)

All-Star (1995)

Monday, April 6, 2020

#170 Curt Schilling


STRIVING : verb  \ˈstrī-​viŋ  \
: to struggle in opposition

Opposing batters struggled more against Schilling than he did against them.
And Oakland A's fans of course.

Win–loss record 216–146
Earned run average 3.46
Strikeouts 3,116

Baltimore Orioles (1988–1990)
Houston Astros (1991)
Philadelphia Phillies (1992–2000)
Arizona Diamondbacks (2000–2003)
Boston Red Sox (2004–2007)

6× All-Star (1997–1999, 2001, 2002, 2004)
3× World Series champion (2001, 2004, 2007)
World Series MVP (2001)
NLCS MVP (1993)
Roberto Clemente Award (2001)
2× MLB wins leader (2001, 2004)
2× NL strikeout leader (1997, 1998)
Philadelphia Phillies Wall of Fame
Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame


Saturday, April 4, 2020

#169 Michael Mimbs


CRAFTY :  adjective \ ˈkraf-tē  \
: adept in the use of subtlety and cunning

According to baseball-reference, Mimbs is most similar to pitcher Ewald Pyle.
Who is Ewald Pyle you ask? Got me.

Win–loss record 12–19
Earned run average  5.03
Strikeouts 178

Philadelphia Phillies (1995–1997)


Thursday, April 2, 2020

#168 Gregg Jefferies


PREPARING : intransitive verb \ pri-ˈper  \
transitive verb
: to make ready beforehand for some purpose, use, or activity

Being the first two-time winner of the Baseball America Minor League Player of the Year Award will definitely prepare you for the Major League level.

Batting average .289
Home runs 126
Runs batted in 663

New York Mets (1987–1991)
Kansas City Royals (1992)
St. Louis Cardinals (1993–1994)
Philadelphia Phillies (1995–1998)
Anaheim Angels (1998)
Detroit Tigers (1999–2000)

2× All-Star (1993, 1994)

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

#167 Dave Hollins


WILLPOWER : noun \ ˈwil-ˌpau̇(-ə)r  \
: strong determination that allows one to do something difficult

In 1996, he was traded from the Twins to the Mariners for...David Ortiz.
Their careers ended up quite differently.
He was once placed on the DL for spider bites that aggravated his diabetes.

Batting average .262
Home runs 112
Runs batted in 482

Philadelphia Phillies (1990–1995)
Boston Red Sox (1995)
Minnesota Twins (1996)
Seattle Mariners (1996)
Anaheim Angels (1997–1998)
Toronto Blue Jays (1999)
Cleveland Indians (2001)
Philadelphia Phillies (2002)

All-Star (1993)

Sunday, March 29, 2020

#166 Charlie Hayes


PRIMED : transitive verb \ ˈprīm  \
: to instruct beforehand

I'm pretty sure that he was NOT instructed beforehand that he would go on to play for seven different teams (three of them twice) over a 13 year career.

Batting average .262
Home runs 144
Runs batted in 740

San Francisco Giants (1988–1989)
Philadelphia Phillies (1989–1991)
New York Yankees (1992)
Colorado Rockies (1993–1994)
Philadelphia Phillies (1995)
Pittsburgh Pirates (1996)
New York Yankees (1996–1997)
San Francisco Giants (1998–1999)
Milwaukee Brewers (2000)
Houston Astros (2001)

World Series Champion (1996)

Friday, March 27, 2020

#165 Lenny Dykstra


NAILS : as in "tough as"
Third or fourth use of a nickname in this set.

Dykstra's book House of Nails made it to #11 on the New York Times nonfiction best-seller list for July 17, 2016.

Batting average .285
Home runs 81
Runs batted in 404

New York Mets (1985–1989)
Philadelphia Phillies (1989–1996)

3× All-Star (1990, 1994, 1995)
World Series champion (1986)
Silver Slugger Award (1993)



Wednesday, March 25, 2020

#164 Darren Daulton


LEADER : Noun lead·​er \ ˈlē-dər
: a person who has commanding authority or influence

Maybe a leader on the field, but he also led off the field. He was a leader in driving tickets.

Batting average .245
Home runs 137
Runs batted in 588

Philadelphia Phillies (1983, 1985–1997)
Florida Marlins (1997)

3× All-Star (1992, 1993, 1995)
World Series Champion (1997)
Silver Slugger Award (1992)
NL RBI leader (1992)
Philadelphia Phillies Wall of Fame