Friday, May 1, 2015
#417 B. J. Surhoff
About the Back: B. J. was the first overall pick in the first round of the loaded 1985 draft, which also included Will Clark, Barry Larkin, Barry Bonds, and Rafael Palmeiro, among others.
1. His older brother Rich pitched in nine games for the Rangers and Phillies in 1985, going 1-1 with a 6.75 ERA. Their father Dick played in the NBA for the Knicks and the Milwaukee Hawks from 1952-1954.
2. Surhoff shined for the Orioles in his first postseason series, the 1996 ALDS. He batted .385 (5-for-13) with three home runs and five RBI as the O's upset the Indians in four games.
3. His best overall season was 1999, when he made his only All-Star team on the strength of a .308/.347/.492 batting line and career highs of 104 runs scored, 207 hits, 38 doubles, 28 home runs, and 107 RBI.
11-Year-Old Kevin Says: The Brewers shifted B. J. from catcher to third base in 1993, and he spent the rest of his career as a third baseman and corner outfielder, so it's always been strange for me to see him wearing the tools of ignorance.
Bill James Said: "He was all right at third base, but doesn't hit as much as you would like your third baseman to hit."
On This Date in 1993: May 1. Ranasinghe Premadasa, the third President of Sri Lanka, is killed by a bomb detonated by the Tamil Tigers militant organization. Dingiri Banda Wijetunga ascends to the presidency.