Monday, May 18, 2015

#428 Todd Zeile

About the Front: The Cardinals road uniform didn't have stripes or piping on the sleeves or the pants. That's a rarity in modern times.

About the Back: I didn't realize that Todd had such modest power numbers early in his career.

Triple Play:

1. Zeile set a big league record by hitting home runs for 11 different teams. In order, they were: Cardinals, Cubs, Phillies, Orioles, Dodgers, Marlins, Rangers, Mets, Rockies, Yankees, and Expos.

2. Todd is also the career home run leader for players with surnames beginning with "Z", as he went deep 253 times in 16 seasons.

3. He's married to 1984 Olympic gold medal gymnast Julianne McNamara.

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: When the Orioles acquired Zeile and Pete Incaviglia from the Phillies in late 1996, en route to breaking the single-season team record for home runs, it seemed like piling on. I didn't mind.

Bill James Said: "If you drive in a hundred runs people will stop talking about the things you don't do, or at least, other people will." Bill was of course ahead of the curve on the misleading nature of RBI.

On This Date in 1993: May 18. Janet Jackson's album janet. is released. It will debut at number one on the Billboard 200.

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