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Nine years ago today…

Darrell Hunter

10 years ago today…

Doug Fister

Happening again, for the first time in many years, in about 48 hours. Let’s go A’s!

Happy birthday, Starlin Castro!

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Starlin Castro of the Chicago Cubs @ Coors Field (Denver, Colorado – August 2014)

Starlin Castro won the Rookie of the Year Award way back in 2010 when he was just 20 years old. Today he is turning 32. Major leaguers usually peak at about 27. Starlin’s best year was in 2017 so he fit the bill pretty well.

Happy birthday, Albert Pujols!

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Albert Pujols (April 2012)

Today’s photo comes from one of the first games Pujols played for the Angels. The Cardinals really got the best of Albert. The Angels were fools for thinking he would be as good for them. He only played one more season for the Cardinals as he did the Angels, but he hit more than twice as many home runs for the Cardinals. His on-base percentage was 109 points higher for the Cardinals! His average WAR with the Cardinals was 7 and it was only 1 for the Angels. The Cardinals paid him just over $100M and the Angels? $240M. Ouch! Sometimes you don’t get what you pay for.

Home run swing?

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Matt Kemp with a big swing for the Dodgers (April 2012)

This follow-through looks like a home run (or strike out) swing. I checked the box score, and Kemp did not hit a home run on this evening, but he did strike out.

Truist Park (when it was SunTrust Park)

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SunTrust Park photomerge (Atlanta, Georgia – November 2017)