Friday, March 13, 2015

#391 Derrick May

About the Front: I like the contrast-colored uniform numbers that appear on the front of the Cubs' road jerseys. This is a look that's largely associated with the Dodgers, whose red front numbers are the only break from blue in the team's entire color scheme.

About the Back: Dave May was an outfielder for the Orioles, Brewers, and three other clubs, 1967-1978. He was an All-Star for Milwaukee in 1973, when he batted .303/.352/.473 with 25 homers, 93 RBI, and a league-best 295 total bases. The following year, he was famously traded to the Braves for Hank Aaron.

Triple Play:

1. Derrick's best big league season was 1993, when he played a career-high 128 games and batted .295/.336/.422 with 10 home runs and 77 RBI.

2. May finished his career in Japan, playing for the Chiba Lotte Marines (2001-2003) and batting .274/.343/.496 with 59 homers in 298 games.

3. He has coached in the Cardinals' farm system since 2005, including his current position as the club's minor league hitting coordinator.

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: Derrick was born on July 14, so sadly he couldn't follow in the footsteps of 1970s outfielder Carlos May (born May 17) and wear his birthdate on his uniform.

Bill James Said: "The Cubs have many fine young outfielders, and May's secondary offensive skills (speed, power, walks) are very limited."

On This Date in 1993: March 13. Federal elections in Australia result in the Labor Party holding onto power despite the country's poor economy.

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