Tuesday, April 1, 2014

#184 Damion Easley

About the Front: You'd better not lose that ball in the sun, Damion. You'd only have yourself to blame.

About the Back: Easley's got a little dirt on his upper lip.

Triple Play:

1. He made his lone All-Star team in 1998, when he reached career highs of 27 homers and 100 RBI for the Tigers.

2. Damion also set a Detroit record with 99 errorless games at second base.

3. Easley now coaches in the San Diego farm system and is an instructor for Warrior's Baseball Academy in Arizona.

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: Based on appearances, I wouldn't have pegged Easley as a future Home Run Derby participant. But he was invited in 1998, finishing with just two dingers. At least he doubled Chipper Jones' total that year!

Bill James Said: "Probably will hit enough and field well enough to be a regular second baseman."

On This Date in 1993: April 1. As MLB teams try to pare their rosters down to 25, the Braves release infielder Wally Backman. The 33-year-old will catch on with the Mariners, but Seattle will end his big league career by cutting him loose in mid-May.

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