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Archive for April 19th, 2011

vs. Kyle Drabek PA BA OBP SLG HR RBI
Derek Jeter SS 3 0.500 0.667 0.500 0 1
Curtis Granderson CF 2 0.000 0.000 0.000 0 0
Mark Teixeira 1B 3 0.500 0.333 0.500 0 1
Robinson Cano 2B 3 0.000 0.000 0.000 0 0
Nick Swisher RF 3 0.000 0.000 0.000 0 0
Eric Chavez 3B 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0 0
Jorge Posada DH 2 0.500 0.500 0.500 0 0
Russell Martin C 2 0.000 0.000 0.000 0 0
Brett Gardner LF 2 0.500 0.500 1.500 0 0
Total 20 0.235 0.286 0.353 0 2
             
vs. AJ Burnett PA BA OBP SLG HR RBI
Yunel Escobar SS 5 0.000 0.200 0.000 0 0
Travis Snider LF 7 0.500 0.571 0.833 0 0
Jose Bautista RF 11 0.444 0.545 1.222 2 6
Adam Lind 1B 18 0.200 0.333 0.200 0 0
Aaron Hill 2B 21 0.300 0.333 0.500 1 2
Jose Molina C 7 0.333 0.429 0.500 0 0
Corey Patterson CF 25 0.125 0.160 0.125 0 1
Edwin Encarnacion DH 9 0.375 0.444 1.125 2 3
Jayson Nix 3B 3 1.000 1.000 2.000 0 2
Total 106 0.269 0.358 0.495 5 14

 

Yankees vs. Blue Jays    
Season: 2011 Season: 2010 Season: 2009 All-Time
TIED: 0-0 TOR: 10-8 NYY: 12-6 NYY: 267-215
       
  Last 10 Away vs. RHP
Yankees 6-4 1-2 7-3
  Last 10 Home vs. RHP
Blue Jays 3-7 4-2 4-8

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Fear the Beard?

Forget “Fear the Beard”. Brian Wilson’s now infamous black mane has gained so much notoriety that his new slogan should be “Hear the Beard” because it has become nearly impossible to avoid. From print to television to video games, Wilson’s famous, and infamous, facial hair has gained so much exposure that it might soon require an agent of its own (click here for a youtube page dedicated to the Beard). Perhaps that’s why it seems as if many others in the game have decided to eschew the razor.

In the very early days of baseball, beards, mustaches, and sideburns were actually quite popular. Before the turn of the 20th century, facial hair was as common as spit balls, but sometime in the early 1910s, the clean shaven look became the norm. For most of the next 60-plus years, the beard was all but banned from the game. In fact, it’s nearly impossible to find a photo from this era showing a player with any kind of facial hair.

Mustaches were common place during the 19th century, as evidenced by the team photo of the 1885 National League champion Chicago White Stockings, who were led by Hall of Famer Cap Anson (top row, three from the left).

One of the main reasons that baseball decided to adapt a de facto clean cut mandate was so it could portray itself as a wholesome, family-oriented game. Over time, however, the growing influence of razor and shaving cream ad dollars may have also contributed to the cause. Whatever the motivation, beards and mustaches were relegated to the bush leagues. Barnstorming teams like the House of David and various copy cats*, including a Negro League counterpart, toured the country playing high quality opponents, but the main attraction was always the players’ flowing beards. Whenever these whiskered teams rolled into town, the local newspapers were sure to play up their prominent facial adornments.

*There were so many imitators of the House of David that the outfit sought to copyright the fashion statement. However, in a decision rendered on May 24, 1934, Judge John M. Woolsey ruled that “from time immemorial beards have been in the public domain”.

The House of David baseball team, depicted here in 1916, was composed of members of a Michigan-based religious colony.

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