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Five Fun Facts About Zack Greinke

Filed under: 5 Fun Facts — by Mark on June 23, 2014

Zack Greinke has proven over the years to be quite the competitor. When he takes the mound, opponents know they are in for a long day. Here is a look at five fun facts about this great pitcher.

The First To Do So Twice

The first opposing player Zack Greinke gave up more than one home run to was Miguel Olivo. He hit both off of him during Greinke’s rookie year, in a Mariners win over the Royals on August 27, 2004.

A Rough Start

After a rough beginning that included an 8-11 record as a rookie and a 5-17 record in his second season, Zack Greinke’s career win-loss record did not go above .500 until late in 2011, his eighth year in Major League Baseball.

The First To 20

The first opposing player to get 20 or more hits off of Zack Greinke during his career was A.J. Pierzynski.

The First As A Dodger

The first player Zack Greinke struck out after joining the Los Angeles Dodgers was pitcher Jonathan Sanchez of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

His First All-Star Game

Zack Greinke made the All-Star Game for the first time in 2009. In that game he pitched one inning, the fourth, and struck out two. The players he struck out were David Wright and Shane Victorino.

Five Fun Facts About The Arizona Diamondbacks

Filed under: 5 Fun Facts — by Mark on

In terms of baseball history, the Arizona Diamondbacks are still a young team. They have had a lot of success during their short history though. Here are five fun facts about this great Major League Baseball team.

The First In The Hall

The first Arizona Diamondbacks player to make it into the Hall of Fame was Roberto Alomar. Alomar played 17 years in the big leagues but only spent a very small part of that time, just 38 games during the 2004 season, with the Diamondbacks.

The First Diamondback Hit In An All-Star Game

The first Diamondbacks player to get a hit in an All-Star Game was Devon White in 1998. That was his only season with the team and in that game he went 3 for 3 with a triple. That first hit was the triple and he got it off Bartolo Colon.

Fast Tony

The first Diamondbacks player to get 100 or more career stolen bases while with the team was Tony Womack. Womack played in Arizona from 1999 to 2003 and in that time stole 182 bases.

20 Game Winners

From 2000 and 2002, Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling combine to have five 20 win seasons pitching for the Diamondbacks. Arizona would not have another 20 game winner until Brandon Webb won 22 games in 2008.

The First To Be Honored

In 2010, the Arizona Diamondbacks retired a player’s jersey for the very first time in team history. That year saw them retire jersey number 20 in honor of Luis Gonzalez who played with the team from 1999 to 2006.

Indiana Pacers Fun Fact Infographic!

Filed under: Sports Graphics — by Mark on June 20, 2014

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Jackie Robinson Fun Fact Infographic!

Filed under: Sports Graphics — by Mark on June 13, 2014

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Five Fun Facts About Jacoby Ellsbury

Filed under: 5 Fun Facts — by Mark on June 9, 2014

Playing centerfield in the major leagues will get you a lot of attention. When you play like Jacoby Ellsbury that won’t phase you though. Ellsbury has all the skills to help any team be that much better with him on the field. Here are five fun facts about this great player.

College Record

On August, 6, 2011, Jacoby Ellsbury hit a RBI single off of Hector Noesi to help the Red Sox beat the Yankees. This was the 546th career hit of his career and moved him past Steve Lyons and into first place for most hits in Major League Baseball history by a player out of Oregon State University.

What? He Wasn’t The Rookie Of The Year?

Jacoby Ellsbury finished in third place in the voting for AL Rookie of the Year in 2008. Finishing ahead of him were the winner, Evan Longoria of Tampa Bay, as well as Alexei Ramirez of the White Sox.

Jacoby Ellsbury In The Minor Leagues

Before making it to the big leagues, Jacoby Ellsbury spent time with four different minor league teams: The Lowell Spinners, Wilmington Blue Rocks, Portland Sea Dogs, and Pawtucket Red Sox.

The Last And The First

The last hit Jacoby Ellsbury had as a member of the Red Sox was a run scoring single off of Chris Tillman of the Baltimore Orioles. The first hit he had as a member of the Yankees was a double off of Dustin McGowan of the Toronto Blue Jays.

How Many Against The Yankees?

Prior to joining the New York Yankees in 2014, Jacoby Ellsbury had hit 65 career home runs. He’d hit nine of those against the Yankees while playing for Boston.

Five Fun Facts About Derek Jeter Of The New York Yankees

Filed under: 5 Fun Facts — by Mark on

It is hard to think of the Yankees too much without also thinking about Derek Jeter. He is the perfect person to personify this legendary team. He has played the game the “right way” throughout his career too. Here are five fun facts about this great Yankees shortstop.

Five Before Him

Derek Jeter was picked by the Yankees with the sixth overall selection in the 1992 MLB Amateur Draft. The five players picked ahead of him were Phil Nevin, Paul Shuey, B.J. Wallace, Jeffrey Hammonds, and Chad Mottola.

His First Game Ever

Derek Jeter went 0 for 5 in his first Major League Baseball game, a Yankees loss to the Mariners in 1995.

That Took Awhile

On June 18, 2005, Derek Jeter hit the very first grand slam home run of his career. It came in an 8-1 victory off the Cubs and was hit in the sixth inning off of Joe Borowski. The three players on base at the time were Jorge Posada, Bernie Williams, and Robinson Cano.

Going Down… 25 Times

The first opposing pitcher to strike out Derek Jeter 25 times or more during his career was Pedro Martinez.

Just Missed It!

In 2006, Derek Jeter batted .343 with 14 home runs, 97 RBI, and 34 stolen bases. He finished in second place in the voting for American League MVP, just losing out on the award to Justin Morneau of the Twins.





Buffalo Bills Jim Kelly Fun Fact Infographic!

Filed under: Sports Graphics — by Mark on June 6, 2014

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