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Saturday, August 27, 2005
 
Number 210: Tony Mullane.

"The Apollo of the Box" and occasional switch-pitcher, born in Ireland, won 284 games in a rather lengthy career for a 19th century pitcher. Mullane spent most of his storied and often stormy career with Cincinnati.

Mullane was regarded as a good-looking man, and the tradition of "Ladies' Day" promotions is said to have begun with him, using his appearance as a drawing card to get women into the ballpark. This is spite of his noted miserly tendencies: Mullane was said to wear his clothes until they wore out, practically falling off of him.

While he played the longest with Cincinnati, they had to wait an extra year to get him: Mullane was suspended by the American Association for the 1885 season for contract-jumping. After that, he stayed in Cincinnati for more than seven seasons, so perhaps the message-sending worked. He was also a solid hitter: his 661 career hits are the most for anyone who spent most of their career as a pitcher.

Mullane earned 139.49 ratings points.

Mullane's stats: 284-220 record, 3.05 ERA, 118 ERA+.


Friday, August 26, 2005
 
Number 209: Bobby Doerr

Doerr debuted with the Red Sox in 1937 at the age of 19, and he would play his whole career with Boston. He played 55 games that rookie year, and batted .224. He would never bat lower than .258 again, and only the one time below .270. He drew some walks, hit for moderate power, and played superb defense at second base. He batted .289 in 1938, then in 1939 hit .318, and the next year .291 with 22 homers and 105 RBI. He became a fixture on the AL all-star team starting in 1941. He missed only 1945 to the war, and in 1946 he batted .271 with 116 RBI as Boston won the pennant, then went to the 7th game of the World Series as Doerr hit .409.

He left the majors after 1951, although he had hit .289, but aches and pains caught up to him at age 33. He drove in 100 or more runs in 6 seasons, though he only reached the postseason once. Doerr was elected to the Hall of Fame by the Veteran's Committee in 1986.

Doerr earned 139.49 ratings points.

Doerr's stats: .288 average, 223 home runs, 1247 RBI, 2042 hits, 115 OPS+.


Sunday, August 21, 2005
 
Number 208: Jeff Kent.

California native Kent was a 20th round pick of the Blue Jays in 1989. By 1992 he hit the majors and played 65 games for Toronto, batting .240 playing mostly 3B. The Jays wanted some pennant insurance (they were in the process of winning the first of two straight World Series) so they swapped Kent and Ryan Thompson to the Mets for David Cone. He played 37 games for the Mets down the stretch and hit .239 there.

He was the Mets' 1993 second baseman, hitting .270 with 21 HR, and now an established major leaguer. The Mets traded him to Cleveland in mid-1996 for Carlos Baerga, and after the season he was traded to San Francisco for Matt Williams. It was with the Giants that Kent became a star.

Usually batting behind Barry Bonds, Kent drove in 100 runs in each of his 6 seasons with the Giants. He won the MVP in 2000 for a big year, hitting .334 with 33 HR and 125 RBI. In 2002 he and the Giants got all the way to World Series Game 7. Kent left SF after 2002 and went to Houston for two years, amassing 200 RBI over the two seasons. He began 2005 in Los Angeles and spent the last four years of his career there.

Kent has earned 139.96 ratings points.

Kent's stats: .290 average, 377 HR, 1518 RBI, .500 slugging, 2461 hits.