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h2h Corner ~ Check You Out On the Flip Side: Dan Schatzeder

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Of all the interests in all the world, Mr. Schatzeder’s numero uno would be home video. I get that video cameras were a big deal back then, that’s not what surprises me.

I just think it is bizarre that this dude is super into shooting home videos. To be honest, that mustache makes me wonder what kind of home videos Mr. Schatzeder was making.

While his hobby might be a bit weird, there is nothing weird about his career. He played 15 seasons in the majors, basically becoming a psuedo-LOOGY. However, while he would post a 2.31 K:BB against left-handed batters and 1.40 against righties, he’d actually be more successful, over his career, against righties. For his career, lefties would bat .270/.322/.382 against him and righties would bat .247/.317/.392. He’d finish with 1,317 IPs, a 3.74 ERA and 1.31 WHIP. Not too shabby at all.

What will be most remembered about his career is game six of the 1987 World Series. He entered the game in the fourth inning, allowed one run and pitched two innings to pick up the victory for the Minnesota Twins as they clawed back into the series against the Cardinals. Ultimately, the Twins and Schatzeder would win that Series. Here’s hoping he had a video camera going during their celebration!

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h2h Corner ~ Check You Out On the Flip Side: Brian Wilson

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I think we can all agree that being any sort of baseball player would be the coolest thing in the world.

Wilson front To wit: in the off-season, Brian Wilson played soft toss with Barry Zito across a freaking canyon in Hollywood – presumably Alyssa Milano was not watching.


Could you imagine being Wilson’s friends?

Friend: So Brian, what did you do today?

Wilson: Zito and I threw a ball across a canyon for a few hours…

Umm…what?

I’m sorry but that is just entirely badass.

You know what else is badass? Wilson’s K-rate. It was 10.33 last year and 11.24 this year. For the time being, it appears Wilson has settled into being one of the preeminent power relievers in the game. Not bad for a 24th round draft pick from 2003.

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h2h Corner ~ Check You Out On the Flip Side: Mike Pagliarulo

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Before we had LeBron James wearing a Yankees cap to an Indians game, Wade Boggs and Johnny Damon switching teams and 2004, there was Mike Pagliarulo.

Pags—as I call him—was born in Medford, Massachusetts. So, it isn’t shocking that he liked to attend Celtics and Bruins games. Sure he was drafted by the Yankees in the sixth round in 1981, but that wasn’t enough to sway his love from the Celtics to the Knicks or Bruins to the Rangers – his kids must be ecstatic now as the Celtics are in relatively good shape, especially compared to the Knicks.

This card was printed 23 years ago. Times have changed. If this card were printed recently, there’d be a spotsnation chat about it immediately. He’d be booed lustily – by New Yorkers and Bostonians alike. It’d be pretty easy to boo Pagliarulo – he played the majority of his career at third base and posted a .349 slugging percentage. Further, he only got on base at a .277 clip. Frankly, it’s surprising he lasted 11 seasons.

What most surprises me: my memory of Pags is of a light hitting utility man, whereas, in reality, he earned his career in the 1986 and 1987 seasons during which he blasted 28 and 32 HRs, respectively.

Still, I wish Pags was playing in the early part of 2000 during the epic Boston-New York showdowns – it would have given Tim McCarver and Joe Buck additional things to be incredulous/pompous about.

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