Monday, October 6, 2014

#294 Brent Mayne

About the Front: It's always endearing when a player has his name hand-written on his glove. It gives the business of pro baseball a decidedly unprofessional touch.

About the Back: Brent Mayne was the 13th overall pick in the 1989 draft, and the third catcher chosen. The Braves took Tyler Houston with the second pick, and the Expos went with Charles Johnson in the ten-spot.

Triple Play:

1. His career-best season came in 1999 with the Giants, when Mayne hit .301/.389/.419 in 117 games.

2. On August 22, 2000, he was the winning pitcher in a 12-inning, 7-6 Rockies victory over Atlanta. He did not start at catcher that day because of a sore shoulder, but agreed to pitch the 12th inning when manager Buddy Bell ran out of able arms. Brent topped out at 83 mph but worked around a single, a wild pitch, and a walk to post a scoreless frame. The only other catcher to earn a win since 1900 was John Baker, who did so for the Cubs this past season.

3. Mayne self-published a book entitled The Art of Catching in 2008. He has also scouted for the Padres.

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: I always thought that Mayne bore a strong resemblance to his former teammate, pitcher Mike Boddicker.

Bill James Said: "He guards the basepaths like a Doberman; he'll decide he can't make a play at the plate, rush out and get the throw, then throw behind the runner."

On This Date in 1993: Toronto takes a 2-0 lead in the American League Championship Series, as Dave Stewart, Al Leiter, and Duane Ward combine to keep the White Sox off the scoreboard after a run-scoring wild pitch by Stewart in the first inning. The Jays win 3-1, scoring a pair of unearned runs on errors by Dan Pasqua and Joey Cora.

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