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  1. Hopefully he catches on with a good slowpitch softball team.

    Comment by Fan of home team — February 6, 2012 @ 5:58 pm

  2. Matt Stairs was beloved of all normal humans due to his non-physical physique that we can all relate to while we’re curling or playing darts on ESPN at noon.

    Comment by sc2gg — February 6, 2012 @ 5:59 pm

  3. http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=19792213&c_id=mlb

    Comment by Philadelphiandy — February 6, 2012 @ 6:33 pm

  4. Yup, he could hit and did play fine in the field when he was asked. Good luck to him.

    Comment by DSC — February 6, 2012 @ 6:48 pm

  5. 14.3 WAR = meh, although I have fond memories of him from his days in Oakland…

    Comment by T-Baggy — February 6, 2012 @ 6:49 pm

  6. Really? That’s more WAR than the majority of players in the history of the game get. I think you could easily say he was good at baseball.

    Comment by John — February 6, 2012 @ 6:58 pm

  7. I’ve been playing Strat since 1964. Stairs was a terrific offensive force in Strat if he was platooned correctly. I drafted him after his 1995 season and kept him for a decade or so.
    “Matt Stairs… professional hitter.”

    Comment by algionfriddo — February 6, 2012 @ 6:59 pm

  8. “Deep in to the night.”

    Best call Joe Buck ever made.

    Comment by Phrozen — February 6, 2012 @ 7:08 pm

  9. I remember when I was at a twins game where Matt Stairs hit a Grand Slam. In between innings an angry fan Yelled “since when has Matt Stairs ever done anything?” He had hit a HR the night before too….

    Comment by adohaj — February 6, 2012 @ 7:21 pm

  10. 2009?? I would say most Phils fans will remember him for that bomb he hit off Broxton in Game 4 of the 2008 NLCS.

    Comment by Mike N — February 6, 2012 @ 7:45 pm

  11. Matt Stairs was good at baseball and had excellent taste. As a Phils fan I will remember Matt Stairs for using Stone Cold Steve Austin’s theme song for his at-bat music.

    Comment by Zack — February 6, 2012 @ 8:13 pm

  12. As an added bonus for some Matt Stairs love, he used to drive the Zamboni on the University of New Brunswick’s campus in Fredericton in the offseason. Not because he wanted to get paid, mind you: he just wanted to.

    Comment by Matt — February 6, 2012 @ 8:31 pm

  13. In case of emergency, use Stairs…

    Comment by siggian — February 6, 2012 @ 8:57 pm

  14. As a Pirates fan, I was excited to see Stairs sign with my team prior to the 2003 season. My buddy at the time gave me a hard time for thinking that Stairs would have any impact at all. That year he put up a wOBA of .401. Matt Stairs, professional hitter, thanks for the memories!

    Comment by mickeyg13 — February 6, 2012 @ 8:58 pm

  15. I remember hearing that when the mood was bad in the Cubs’ clubhouse, Stairs would walk around wearing nothing but Santa hat and jockstrap…

    Comment by Cubs Fan — February 6, 2012 @ 9:06 pm

  16. Pfffft, Mike Redmond would take nekkid batting practice.

    Comment by I Agree Guy — February 6, 2012 @ 9:31 pm

  17. One of the few decent players the royals had during the oughts.

    Comment by shthar — February 6, 2012 @ 9:31 pm

  18. Everyone and their ornery Aunt would love to drive the Zamboni. Nothing against Stairs, but he probably got to drive it because of his celebrity status. He don’t get no love for that.

    Comment by Richie — February 6, 2012 @ 9:33 pm

  19. I was at this game. The homerun landed about four rows back of me. The. Best.

    Comment by BDF — February 6, 2012 @ 9:57 pm

  20. Meeting Matt Stairs as a little leaguer was one of the highlights of my baseball playing youth. Seeing him come to bat was always an exciting time for me because I just expected a mighty swing and a top spin liner into the right field corner.

    Comment by mclaubach — February 6, 2012 @ 9:58 pm

  21. Technically, Octavio Dotel is on his thirteenth MLB team. I guess he hasn’t officially played yet though.

    Comment by JB — February 6, 2012 @ 10:01 pm

  22. Any article that mentions the legendary Julio Franco is a good article. Matt Stairs and Julio Franco need to be in some sort of hall of something.

    Comment by Antonio Bananas — February 6, 2012 @ 10:25 pm

  23. Last June, I was in Fredericton with some time to kill, so I when I saw the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame, I thought, “I’ve got to see what Matt Stairs stuff is there!” Unfortunately, it wasn’t much. There was the A’s uniform he wore when he passed some milestone, but not much else.

    Even though I’m staring at a Jose Bautista autographed picture across from my desk, I want a Matt Stairs to go beside it. Yes, there were better players, but he made the most of his talent, when given the opportunity.

    Will this URL be a permanent link?

    Comment by bluejaysstatsgeek — February 6, 2012 @ 11:57 pm

  24. Good point John! Lets write articles about all the players with more WAR than a majority of players in the history of the game!

    Comment by T-Baggy — February 7, 2012 @ 12:01 am

  25. Now it’s time for Brooks Conrad to replace him as a pinch-hitting extraordinaire…..Guy has more pinch-hit homers(8) than he does when he was starting games(6). Although, his career line off the bench is pretty pathetic. I just love him for that pinch-hit GS he hit against the Reds in 09, down 3 runs in the bottom of the 9th. A month later he hit a go-head GS against the Marlins to cap an impressive comeback.

    Then came the ‘errahs.’(I blame Bobby Cox more than I do Brooksy though)…

    Comment by Undocorkscrew — February 7, 2012 @ 12:02 am

  26. When playing for the Blue Jays, he wore number 24; it was his favourite number because that’s how many beers you get in a case up here

    Comment by exxrox — February 7, 2012 @ 12:18 am

  27. As opposed to the 24 beers you get in a case down here?

    Comment by I Agree Guy — February 7, 2012 @ 12:23 am

  28. more like D-Baggy….

    Comment by Dexter Bobo — February 7, 2012 @ 12:35 am

  29. Ah yes, Mike Redmond. Tom Glavine’s personal kryptonite, he was.

    Comment by bstar — February 7, 2012 @ 2:02 am

  30. There are few players I will enjoy watching as much as Matt Stairs. Getting to see him jack homers in the Coli with those terrible A’s teams of the late 90′s was something fun to watch.
    Baseball certainly needs more guys like him.
    That being said, his name will always bring a smile to my face for this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yiJwoNSLRwg

    Comment by GUY — February 7, 2012 @ 2:15 am

  31. I’ll always have fond memories of Matt Stairs and his brief stint in a Blue Jay uniform. A class act with power and patience, that’s hard to find, period.

    Comment by DC — February 7, 2012 @ 4:07 am

  32. He was also a High School Hockey Coach in Bangor, Maine. Yesah.

    Comment by Ayuh — February 7, 2012 @ 8:16 am

  33. Many Phille fans have that shirt, and will keep wearing it despite the retirement

    Comment by DD — February 7, 2012 @ 8:17 am

  34. It seems like so many fans relate to him and love him because he inevitably played for their team for at least one year. He was generally the only guy worth rooting for for some pretty terrible teams. No knock on him, just an observation.

    Comment by DD — February 7, 2012 @ 8:20 am

  35. Also hit the last home run called by Harry Kalas.

    Comment by Neuter Your Dogma — February 7, 2012 @ 10:36 am

  36. Matt Stairs will be remembered for more than PH duties in Oakland. He was a real character and fan favorite here. He drove an old F-150 pickup and would cruise into the player parking area; hat backwards, windows down, music cranked and smiling like he was in heaven.

    Comment by DonnyBaseball — February 7, 2012 @ 10:38 am

  37. Also, he owned or owns his own Mexican Professional Baseball team. Crazy cat.

    Comment by DonnyBaseball — February 7, 2012 @ 10:41 am

  38. Yes, he played for sonme mediocre-bad teams… but he actually played for a large number of very good teams.

    92: Mon: finished 2nd
    93: Mon: 2nd.
    95: Bos: 1st
    96: Oak: 3rd
    97: Oak: 4th
    98: Oak: 4th
    99: Oak: 2nd
    00: Oak: 1st
    01: ChN: 3rd (89 wins)
    02: Mil: 6th
    03: Pit: 4th
    04: KC: 5th
    05: KC: 5th
    06: KC 5th, TEX 3rd, DET 2nd
    07: Tor: 3rd (83 wins)
    08: Tor: 4th (93 wins) Phi: 1st (93 wins)
    09 Phi: 1st
    10: SD: 2nd
    11 Was: 3rd

    Total of nine 1st or 2nd place teams in there.

    Comment by Dave S — February 7, 2012 @ 11:01 am

  39. sorry… those win totals are inaccurate… I was looking at the Pythagorean wins

    Comment by Dave S — February 7, 2012 @ 11:05 am

  40. This cannot be a real account, can it?

    Comment by 20389438 — February 7, 2012 @ 11:54 am

  41. We can get 30 in a case here, depending on the brand.

    Comment by 20389438 — February 7, 2012 @ 11:56 am

  42. He was bad when he was a Cub.

    Comment by joeIQ — February 7, 2012 @ 12:23 pm

  43. Watching Matt Stairs this past year, and having seen him play before, I’d figured out what was wrong with him by the end of April. He’d lost a significant amount of bat speed, and his timing and reflexes were still in line with his previous speeds.

    Comment by jorgath — February 7, 2012 @ 12:38 pm

  44. I’ll just leave this here:

    http://greatnamesinbaseball.blogspot.com/2011/08/in-case-of-emergency-use-stairs.html

    Written by FG reader/commenter/Canadia fan Steex

    Comment by therood — February 7, 2012 @ 12:43 pm

  45. Keystone Light isn’t beer.

    Comment by I Agree Guy — February 7, 2012 @ 1:59 pm

  46. The “two Canadian cities” notation killed me.

    Comment by I Agree Guy — February 7, 2012 @ 2:04 pm

  47. Aww, beer snobbery is so cute. I’m sure you were drinking expensive microbrews in college.

    Comment by 20389438 — February 7, 2012 @ 2:51 pm

  48. I was partial to cheap “vodka” in college.

    Comment by I Agree Guy — February 7, 2012 @ 3:02 pm

  49. Fair enough.

    Comment by 20389438 — February 7, 2012 @ 5:56 pm

  50. I didn’t know that Stairs was coming to NESN – looking forward to it. Maybe he’ll pop up on a Bruins telecast prior to the baseball season.

    Comment by Dan G — February 7, 2012 @ 8:27 pm

  51. Thanks for depressing all Blue Jays fans with those equivalent 2008 pythag win scores.

    Comment by AndrĂ© — February 7, 2012 @ 8:56 pm

  52. soft spot for Stairsy as he is a fellow New Brunswicker! (not that anyone knows where the fuck that is)

    Comment by Matty Brown — February 7, 2012 @ 11:11 pm

  53. Gionfriddo goes back, back, back…and he makes a one-handed catch against the bullpen.

    Comment by Wobatus — February 7, 2012 @ 11:50 pm

  54. Leaving this out is like leaving out Watergate in a story about the Nixon resignation.

    Comment by Barry Jive — February 8, 2012 @ 3:26 am

  55. Central New Jersey?

    Comment by Wobatus — February 8, 2012 @ 5:37 am

  56. .250/.358/.462

    Is his triple slash form the one season he was in Chicago. His OPS was third on the team. What more can you expect?

    Comment by vilifyingforce — February 20, 2012 @ 7:37 pm

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