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  1. Please, for the love of GOD, fix these stupid fonts.

    Do we have to apply some kind of filter to see these articles in some kind of normal, readable font? If so please tell me!

    Comment by Mario Mendoza — January 4, 2013 @ 1:14 pm

  2. ZOMBIE MARIO MENDOZA SIGHTING!!!!

    Comment by TOLAXOR — January 4, 2013 @ 1:14 pm

  3. Conigliaro had two pretty good years after he came back. Did his eyesight suddenly deteriorate after 1970?

    Comment by Mike D — January 4, 2013 @ 1:17 pm

  4. After his baseball career ended, Blefary worked as a sheriff, bartender, truck driver, and night club owner. If that isn’t the textbook career arc of a sonofabitch, I don’t know what is.

    Comment by Choo — January 4, 2013 @ 1:18 pm

  5. Free Barbaro Canizares!

    Comment by samuelraphael — January 4, 2013 @ 1:21 pm

  6. “Clank” Blefary had a pretty memorable passage from Ball Four:

    I’m getting a big kick out of Blefary. He’s called Buff, short for ‘Buffalo,’ because he works so hard. If I had to be in a foxhole I’d like him in there with me. He’s the kind who picks up hand grenades and throws them back. He’s a perfect marine, yet he doesn’t seem to have the marine mentality. One winter he spent his time, not selling mutual funds, but working with retarded children.

    - Jim Bouton

    Comment by Steamed Hams — January 4, 2013 @ 1:34 pm

  7. Hey, a Marlon Byrd sighting. Has he gotten any consideration from an MLB team? Maybe worth a minor league deal flyer? Maybe.

    Comment by Mac — January 4, 2013 @ 1:46 pm

  8. Yes, I remember all these players, including Blefary. I must really be getting old.

    Comment by Baltar — January 4, 2013 @ 3:17 pm

  9. #6 on the Australian Baseball League Hitters – DOYLE!

    Comment by SAF — January 4, 2013 @ 3:58 pm

  10. Amen.

    Comment by JWP — January 4, 2013 @ 3:58 pm

  11. Nice to see Chris Snelling still playing down under. If only the kid could have been able to stay on the field, I still think he could have become something special.

    I remember reading around on Mariner blogs and forums a few years ago about how he got his first cup of coffee while only 20 at Piniella’s insistence. I don’t and can never truly know how true that statement is, but he always just oozed pure hitting talent. Hopefully, he becomes nothing short of an Ambassador of Aussie baseball stateside.

    Comment by Dag Gummit — January 4, 2013 @ 4:33 pm

  12. Piniella openly loved Snelling to the point that you had to wonder if he might have been Lou’s illegitimate son. I am being totally serious. No M’s fan who witnessed it will ever forget . . .

    After Snelling rounded third and crumpled to the ground in a heap of ruin, Lou Piniella ran out of the dugout, wailing heart-shattered like an Italian woman who had just watched her favorite son gunned down by mobsters. Piniella scooped up the sad remains of Snelling in his arms, cheeks streaming with the sadness and fury of a 1,000 ejections, and disappeared into the locker room. I was convinced that was the last time we would ever see the Lou Piniella we had always known. Perhaps it was.

    THAT is how much Piniella loved Snelling.

    Comment by Choo — January 4, 2013 @ 5:22 pm

  13. It seems likely he’d be better remembered were his name Burt Clefairy instead.

    Comment by Aaron — January 4, 2013 @ 6:54 pm

  14. DDDOYLE!!!!! . . . I miss him. What an almost was.

    Comment by Balthazar — January 4, 2013 @ 11:02 pm

  15. Blefary was an interesting individual. The chip on his shoulder was perhaps the biggest thing in his way, but he was hustled out of MLB before his time for winning free agency for the serfs. That was back in the day when ballplayers were still sometimes their own person rather than marketing franchieses.

    Dave’s list is telling. I think, however, the best comparable for Stanton as a batter is Dick Allen, also from back in that day. Except Stanton is a plus defender while Allen couldn’t have been bothered. Dick Allen isn’t remembered and that’s a shame. He might have been the least liked player in baseball during his years, the owners hated him, and adding in his defensive liability he’s never gotten any traction for the Hall of Fame. If he came along later, he’d have been a natural DH, and that would keep him out too. But Allen was a MONSTER batter, and three true outcome guy.

    Stanton is a terrific package. If he’s available at a price within sanity, somebody will be much rewarded for making a deal happen.

    Comment by Balthazar — January 4, 2013 @ 11:14 pm

  16. More on Dick Allen. He definitely should be on Dave’s list because he meets the criteria. His first year full time was in 1964, and it was his age 21 season. wRC+ of 162. In fact that was Allen’s _average_ wRC+ his first three years. Looking at Allen’s age, defense, offense, and WAR:

    21s -2.0 162 8.7
    22s -7.0 143 7.2
    23s -8.0 178 8.2

    Wow. Allen wasn’t an terrible baserunner but a totally stone-handed firstbaseman. His defense only got much, much worse. But man the dude could hit even if the Phillies played in a hitters park.

    And Boog Powell; it’s easy to forget just how good a hitter the guy was. Any team in the game would _love_ to have Powell’s bat right now. . . . And Giancarlo Stanton is probably better than either of these guys. That’s something special.

    Comment by Balthazar — January 4, 2013 @ 11:35 pm

  17. Ooops, Allen’s first year in ’64 was his age _22_ season. But still . . . .

    Comment by Balthazar — January 5, 2013 @ 12:54 am

  18. That’s how I read it.

    Comment by My echo and bunnymen — January 5, 2013 @ 12:20 pm

  19. “Stone-handed” first basemen don’t generally play 650 games at third.

    Comment by Vin — January 6, 2013 @ 2:07 pm

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