Friday, November 28, 2014

#330 Danny Tartabull

About the Front: You can see the seams on Danny Tartabull's pants where the pinstripes meet. It kind of messes up the visual, but what can you do?

About the Back: Tartabull used to torment the Orioles. For his career, he had a batting line of .301/.378/.548 in 96 games against Baltimore, with 22 home runs and 80 RBI. In 1991, he hit .523 (23 for 44) vs. the O's with five homers. When asked about his strategy for facing Danny in an upcoming series that year, Oriole manager Johnny Oates said:

“I’m going to find out what his room number is and call the hotel and say, ‘Cancel my wakeup call’. Then I’m going to call the cab companies and tell them not to have any taxis in front of the hotel; we’ll make him walk to the ball park. Then I’ll tell security not to let him in without an ID. Then I’ll tell Freddy (Tyler, the clubhouse man) to burn his uniform, and if he still makes it, I’ll walk him.”

Triple Play:

1. His father Jose was an outfielder for the Athletics and Red Sox from 1962 through 1970, batting .261/.303/.320 with just two home runs in 749 career games.

2. Danny was the 1985 Pacific Coast League MVP with the Calgary Cannons, Seattle's AAA affiliate. He batted .300/.385/.615 with 43 homers and 109 RBI in 125 games, becoming the first pro shortstop to hit 40 longballs in a season since Ernie Banks.

3. Recently, Tartabull has received unwanted attention by topping a list of deadbeat dads in Los Angeles. He owed over $276,000 in unpaid child support and failed to show up to serve a 180-day jail sentence in 2013.

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: I remember how unusual it seemed to see Danny as an outfielder/second baseman with the Mariners on his 1987 Topps card.

Bill James Said: "Had almost the same stats as Gil Hodges in 1952 (32 homers, 102 RBI, .254, .500 slugging percentage." Tartabull's 1993 stats were 31 HR, 102 RBI, .250 AVG, .503 SLG.

On This Date in 1993: November 28. The British paper The Observer reports that the national government has an existing channel of communications with Northern Ireland's paramilitary organization, the Provisional Irish Republican Army, or IRA. The British government had previously denied this.

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