Saturday, April 02, 2005

April 2nd, 2003

Todd Zeile Homers

A Todd Zeile home run doesn't necessarily seem like much of a monumental event, he did after all do the same feat two hundred fifty-two times in his career (plus four more times in the playoffs). What makes Zeile's home run notable here is two things. First is that Zeile's home run came in his first Yankee at-bat, an accomplishment to which Marcus Thames can certainly relate, although homering in one's first at-bat with a new team is nice, it is second to Zeile's real triumph on this day. By homering with the Yankees, Zeile became the only man to hit a home run with ten different teams. Since 1989 Zeile had homered for (in order) the: Cardinals, Cubs, Phillies, Orioles, Dodgers, Marlins, Rangers, Mets, Rockies and Yankees. I'm not quite ready to declare that Zeile's record is Fernando Tatis-level safe, but he probably doesn't have to worry for a while. This is even more so because after Zeile's release from the Yankees, he hooked onto the Expos and homered for them as well, giving him home runs with eleven different teams.

Zeile retired after the 2004 season (one he spent entirely with the Mets, ruining his chance to add team number twelve) without having won any individual honors or a World Series. But he is the man who homered for eleven teams, and there are for worse things to be remembered for.

Some brief site news:

First, I would like to take the time to thank The Hardball Times and Will Young, both of whom have linked here in the past couple of days, with special regard to Will for his generous endorsement. They're both on my links to the left, which are made up of the sites I visit--or try to visit--every day so I can recommend them.

The other bit of news is that I am heading on a three week vacation through
Europe. Now fear not (or stop cheering, I suppose), I have spent many a hour building up a stockpile so the site will continue despite my absence. My father will be taking over publishing duties, so you have to excuse any posts that continue odd formatting errors, as does not quite have as much as experience and is doing this as a favor. I will return to regular work in late April.

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