Monday, August 18, 2014

#263 Vince Horsman

About the Front: With a name like that, you would think Vince Horsman would be better suited as a jockey.

About the Back: Since WWII, Vince is one of only two native Nova Scotians to play in the majors. The other was outfielder Rick Lisi, who played nine games for the Rangers in 1981.

Triple Play:

1. A's manager Tony LaRussa often used Horsman as a lefty specialist, but he earned his only career save with 2.1 scoreless innings against Kansas City on April 15, 1992.

2. Here's an awesome thing I just found out: after pitching in Taiwan in 1997, Vince finished his career back in America, appearing in eight games for the Orioles' AAA Rochester club in 1998. He then served as Baltimore's batting practice pitcher until 2004.

3. He's been a pitching coach in the Toronto organization since 2009; he's currently with the Class A Lansing Lugnuts.

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: I don't remember any other ballplayers named "Vince" from this era. Just Horsman and Coleman.

Bill James Said: "Horsman, a native of Nova Scotia, was signed by Toronto as part of their unending effort to find Canadian players who can actually play."

On This Date in 1993: August 18. Boston's Danny Darwin settles for a one-hit shutout of the White Sox after Dan Pasqua triples with one out in the eighth inning. The Red Sox win 5-0.

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