Monday, October 14, 2013

#86 John Habyan

About the Front: John Habyan's legs appear to be about five feet long. Pinstripes will do that for anyone who's remotely tall and thin, I guess.

About the Back: I would've guessed taller than 6'2". Also, though Habyan's career slightly overlapped with that of his idol, he and Tom Seaver never appeared in the same game.

Triple Play:

1. John earned the win in his second career game, allowing an unearned run in two innings of relief against Boston but benefiting from a five-run Oriole rally in the bottom of the eighth. The decisive blow was a two-run double by Eddie Murray, because Eddie Murray is a badass now and forever.

2. In Habyan's final career game, he drew a walk against Tom Glavine, but also allowed a stolen base by Javy Lopez.

3. After retiring, John became a gym teacher and varsity baseball coach at his alma mater, St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School in West Islip, New York.

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: I knew that Habyan was an ex-Oriole, but I didn't realize that the O's traded him to the Yankees for Stanley Jefferson, who put up 0.3 WAR (wins above replacement) in parts of two seasons in Baltimore. Since Habyan was worth 4.3 WAR in four years, I'll just add this deal to the list of reasons to hate the Yanks.

Bill James Said: "Has always pitched well, and sometimes brilliantly, the first half of the season, but has had trouble in the hot months and late in the year." If John had such splits in his career, they flattened out later on. He had a first-half ERA of 3.79 (1.42 WHIP) and a second-half ERA of 3.94 (1.28 WHIP).

On This Date in 1993: October 14. Against the Grain debuts on NBC. It is based on Buzz Bissinger's book "Friday Night Lights" and stars John Terry and Ben Affleck, among others. Only eight episodes make it to air.

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