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Game 101 Open Thread - Rays (52-47) at Royals (42-58)

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Alex Cobb

#53 / Pitcher / Tampa Bay Rays

6-2

195

R

R

Oct 07, 1987



W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Alex Cobb 2-0 6 6 0 0 0 0 35.0 29 13 12 1 16 22 3.09 1.29


Felipe Paulino

#59 / Pitcher / Kansas City Royals

6-2

270

R

R

Oct 05, 1983



W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Felipe Paulino 1-3 9 8 0 0 0 0 55.0 56 27 22 4 13 53 3.60 1.25


Two guys neither team planned on being in the 2011 rotation, yet through a a month's worth of starts, have been the best pitcher on the team. Which just means the Royals ace next year will probably be some random guy we've never heard of today.

Johnny Damon made some news in Kansas City when he told an interviewer that if he reached Cooperstown, he would want to wear a Royals hat in the Hall of Fame. It may strike many as odd, considering he first played for the Royals in the President Clinton's first term, but Damon remains one of the best players in franchise history. Consider the fact he is 11th in team history in hits, 9th in runs, and 12th in Wins Above Replacement. While talk radio callers may lament the fact that today's modern baseball player is a nomad barely playing with his original team long enough for fans to get accustomed to him, Damon actually is 15th in franchise history in games played with 803, having played more games than UL Washington, Kevin Seitzer, or Lou Piniella.

Anyway, he's back now, in a Rays uniform. Here is the All-Time Team of Rays/Royals

C Gregg Zaun

1B Dave McCarthy

2B Terry Shumpert

SS Rey Sanchez

LF Matt Diaz

CF Johnny Damon

RF Jose Bautista

DH Jose Guillen

SP Hideo Nomo

SP Albie Lopez

SP Brian Meadows

SP Paul Abbott

RP Kyle Farnsworth

RP Joel Peralta

RP Shawn Camp

RP Lance Carter

RP Juan Cruz

RP Roberto Hernandez