USA Today had an interesting article recently about how Dennys Reyes from the St. Louis Cardinals, decided between jersey numbers 36 and 37 to wear this year. Wanna bet that no one else has used this method to decide on their jersey number?
Although Nick Johnson was slated to wear jersey number 27, it being vacated by Joe Girardi this year, he will now be wearing number 26 for the Yankees.
In the world of pro B-Ball, Antonio Anderson will be wearing number 8 for his new team, the Okalahoma City Thunder.
New Cleveland Cavalier and teammate of LeBron James', Antawn Jamison, will be sporting the jersey number 4 for the Cavs.
It was reported by the San Jose Mercury News that Stephen Strasburg threw 37 pitches in an early pitchers and catchers workout, which is coincidentally, his jersey number (37) with the Nationals.
The Journal-Sentinel out of Milwaukee, reports that the Brewers' first round pick (26th overall) in last year's draft, pitcher Eric Arnett, has been assigned the rarely worn jersey number of 67.
The L.A. Times reports that Eric Gagne, who is back with the Dodgers, will be wearing his familiar number 38.
Daniel Bard has taken jersey number 51 with the Boston Red Sox.
And I think most fans know by now that Joe Girardi will be wearing jersey number 28 this season, and I'm sure he hopes to be wearing number 29 next season.
Kevin Gregg, out of Corvallis, Oregon, is the best MLB athlete to wear the jersey number 63. Gregg, who has pitched in relief for a few teams over his big league career, has been a stopper of late, racking up 23 saves for the Cubs in the 2009 season. The prior two seasons, while with the Marlins, he racked up 32 and 29 saves respectively for the years 2007 and 2008.
Gregg has an outstanding strikeout to innings pitched ration, fanning 71 batters in 68.2 innings last season. While pitching 476.1 innings through the 2009 MLB season, Gregg sat down 437 batters. Not a bad career K/IP ratio.
Kevin Gregg is slated to begin the 2010 baseball season with the Toronto Blue Jays.
Did you know.......Gregg stands 6' 6" tall?
Joba Chamberlain was drafted by the Yankees in the 2006 baseball draft with the 41st pick. He was pitching in the big league about a year later when he made his debut in August of 2007.
Joba blast onto the MLB scene in 2007 pitching relief in 19 games for the Bombers, while winning two and striking out 34 in 24 innings pitched. He had a 0.38 ERA and 0.75 WHIP for his initial big league season.
His ERA and WHIP wouldn't spike much the next year, when he put up numbers of 2.60 and 1.26 respectively. His strikeout count would spike though, as he whiffed 118 in 100.1 innings. Joba quickly became one of the Yankees prized young pitchers, as evidenced by the implementation of the now defunct "Joba Rules".
Did you know......that Joba's given first name is Justin?
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Josh Beckett can flat out fire the ball. He is one of the best acquisitions the Boston Red Sox have ever made, leading them and the American League with 20 wins in 2007. Through the 2009 baseball season, Beckett has 106 career wins, a .609 winning percentage, and 1,330 strikeouts in 1401 innings pitched.
You do remember him throwing a complete game shutout of the Yankees to win the World Series for the Marlins, and earn himself the World Series MVP trophy, as a 23 year-old, yes?
Did you know.............Beckett is 6 feet, 5 inches tall?
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(Beckett wore 61 while with the Marlins, when he was World Series MVP, but he wears number 19 for the Red Sox).