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Newsworthy – Barry Larkin, January 9, 2012

9 Jan

1988 Donruss - Barry Larkin

Barry Larkin did not have a mustache.  He does not have a name like Razor Shines or Rusty Kuntz.  There was never anything spectactular about his haircut.  Even if he grew a beard (and since he played for the Reds, he couldn’t), it could never have made him look badass.  Yet, somehow, despite all these glaring shortcomings, Barry Larkin is now a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

I wish the BBWAA would contact me when they are doing their annual voting.  I would help point them in the proper direction.  For example, Jack Morris had a fantastic mustache, and Lee Smith’s beard still haunts my dreams to this day.  Also, Fred McGriff’s nickname was Crime Dog.  Crime Dog.  These things need to be considered much more carefully.

Names I Can’t Believe Aren’t Famous: Eric Plunk & Bob Walk

25 Aug

Today, here is a look at two pitchers with names that you wouldn’t want to have as pitchers, compliments of 1988 Donruss.

1988 Donruss - Eric Plunk

First, Eric Plunk – as in, got plunked, see here – who put together a pretty decent career, primarily as a reliever, including some playoff appearances with the strong Cleveland teams (strong… Cleveland… teams… try saying that without smirking) of the mid-1990’s.  Plunk didn’t end up being a great playoff performer, but at least he got there.

1988 Donruss - Bob Walk

Next up, Bob Walk.  For a guy with a name like that, he too had a solid career.  He won the World Series with the Phillies as a rookie in 1980, won the NL East with the Braves in 1982, and also with the Pirates in 1990, 1991 and 1992.  He posted a career record of 105-81 and now works as a broadcaster in Pittsburgh.  The Pirates even did a bobblehead night for him at PNC Park.  Not bad, I say.

So, Plunk and Walk, I salute your efforts to become pitchers in the first place, and for getting to be pretty good at it.  Well played.

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