Monday, August 19, 2013

#60 Roberto Kelly

About the Front: Roberto Kelly is wearing a shin guard on the inside of his left leg, ostensibly to protect himself from his own foul tips. Safety first!

About the Back: Reaching on catcher's interference must have been Roberto's heretofore-unknown sixth tool.

Triple Play:

1. After spending the first six seasons of his MLB career as a Yankee, Kelly became a frequent traveler. His post-Yankee stops: Reds, Braves, Expos, Dodgers, Twins, Mariners, Rangers, and Yankees again. That's eight teams in eight years, and it doesn't count his unsuccessful spring training stops with the Dodgers and Padres in 2002 and 2003, respectively.

2. Roberto finished his big league career with a .290 average, .337 on-base, and .430 slugging in parts of 14 seasons. Batting average isn't everything, but he reached the .300 mark in five different seasons.

3. He managed the Giants' Class A Augusta GreenJackets team from 2005-07. In 2008, he was promoted to the major league coaching staff, and has been San Francisco's first base coach ever since.

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: I became a fan during the 1993 season, when Roberto mysteriously started going by "Bobby". He missed half of the season with injuries, and switched back to Roberto. I've never heard of another player doing that.

Bill James Said: "He's 29, too old to talk about his potential, but I still think he hasn't had his best year yet." Sorry, Bill. Kelly had a few more solid years, but his Yankees oeuvre turned out to be his peak.

On This Date in 1993: August 19. Norwegian metal musician Varg Vikernes is arrested and charged with the murder of fellow musician Oystein "Euronymous" Aarseth, who was stabbed to death outside of his apartment on August 10. Vikernes will ultimately be sentenced to the maximum 21-year prison sentence, and will be released on parole in early 2009.

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