Five very fun facts about our boy Jimmy Gobble.
Scotty Barr was a righthanded multi-position player who played for the Philadelphia Athletics in 1908-9, making only 121 plate appearances, hitting .112/.228/.140. Can you say Dead Ball Era? Scotty died in 1934 in Fort Worth, Texas.
Lew "Noisy" Flick didn't fare much better, hitting .175/.195/.175 in 41 PAs for the Philadelphia A's (again) in 1943-4. Flick died in Weber City, Virginia in 1990.
(Moment of silence for Scotty Barr and Noisy Flick.)
2) Gobble has faced Lew Ford more than any other hitter. Gobble-Ford has come to fruition 29 times, with Ford hitting .308/.379/.808 with 4 HOMERS against our Jimmy. Gobble's second most frequent opponent is Brandon Inge, who's hitting .250/.429/.563 against Gobble in 22 PAs.
3) Gobble is 7th All-Time in Innings Pitched amongst active Royals with 338.1. Gobble is 6th all-time if you don't consider Kevin Appier "active".
4) Gobble's salary for 2007 will be smaller than his 1999 signing bonus: $725,000 to $712,500.
5) Gobble is married. His wife's name is Julie. Last February RR honored his happy news, and a few commenters chimed in to report that they are good folks.