Wednesday, July 31, 2013
#47 Bob Scanlan
1. Bob's full name is Robert Guy Scanlan, Jr.
2. The Brewers ran Scanlan out to the mound as a starter 14 times in 1995, despite some ugly results. He finished the year with a 6.59 ERA, capped by a disastrous final appearance on September 26 in which he surrendered nine runs in an inning and two-thirds against the Red Sox. He was touched for home runs by Dwayne Hosey, Reggie Jefferson, and John Valentin.
3. Bob is currently a radio color analyst for the San Diego Padres, and has his own blog where he interacts with fans.
11-Year-Old Kevin Says: When I was still in middle school, I'll admit that I enjoyed Chris Berman's shtick. Unlike "Boomer" himself, I outgrew the goofy nicknames and the bellowing. But even back then, I thought that Bob "Watergate" Scanlan was a pretty lame effort by Berman.
Bill James Said: "I don't think he has 'closer' potential, but suspect he will have a better year in middle relief." After going 4-5 with a 4.54 ERA (87 ERA+...100 is league-average) in 1993, Bob was traded to the Brewers, where he had a 2-6 record with a 4.11 ERA (122 ERA+) in a swingman role in 1994.
On This Date in 1993: July 31. King Baudouin I of Belgium dies unexpectedly of heart failure at age 62. He had no children, so he would be succeeded by his brother King Albert II.