Baseball birthdays for January 24

Here’s a subjective ranking of the leading 5 for Jan. 24.

1) Whit Merrifield (1989)
While Merrifield might just have actually debuted in 2016, the two-time All-Star has actually rapidly made an impression. Merrifield two times led the American League in hits — along with songs (2019), doubles (’21) and triples (’19), particularly — and he led the AL in taken bases 3 times. He played in every Royals regular-season video game from 2019-21 — and at 6 positions throughout the infield and outfield — breaking the club’s successive video games record on Aug. 14, 2021, with his 422nd straight look. Merrifield likewise set the franchise record with a 31-game striking streak from Sept. 10, 2018, to April 10, 2019, breaking Hall of Famer George Brett’s mark from 1980. He was traded to the Blue Jays in August 2022 and is signed through ’23.

2) Scott Kazmir (1984)
Kazmir was among the AL’s premier pitchers throughout the start of his profession with the Rays, assembling a 55-44 record and a 3.92 period in 6 seasons. He was a two-time All-Star with Tampa Bay (’06, ’08) and was the AL’s strikeout leader with 239 in his only 200-inning season in ’07. Kazmir most just recently tossed for the Giants at age 37 in 2021, in what was his very first taste of major league action given that ’16. It was likewise the 2nd return project of his profession, after he rebounded from a 2011 release to pitch a career-high 15-win season with the A’s in ‘14.

3) José Quintana (1989)
The 11th Major Leaguer (and 4th hurler) from Colombia, Quintana has actually published an 83-80 total record and a 3.84 period in 10 MLB seasons through 2021. He handled 4 successive 200-inning projects from 2013-16 with the White Sox, topping that stretch with his sole All-Star choice and a Top 10 AL Cy Young surface. One of the most constant pitchers in the Majors throughout his profession, Quintana likewise tallied a 200-strikeout season with 207 in ‘17.

4) Rob Dibble (1964)
Part of the Reds’ “Nasty Boys” bullpen trio in 1990 and ’91 — in addition to Randy Myers and Norm Charlton — Dibble tossed a fastball that in some cases reached 100 miles per hour and a slider that balanced around 90 miles per hour. The two-time All-Star (‘90, ‘91) assisted direct the Reds to their 1990 World Series title, sharing NLCS MVP bestow Myers after tossing 5 scoreless innings with 10 strikeouts in 4 looks (one save).

5) Dave Brain (1879)
In simply 7 MLB seasons, Brain left his mark as one of the leading power players of the dead-ball age. The Hereford, England native led the Majors with 10 crowning achievement for the Boston Doves in 1907. But he stuck out most for his special name; he typically represents 3rd base on baseball’s “All-Body Part Team.”

Others of note:
Wally Judnich (1916)

Judnich ended up in the Top 20 in AL MVP Award ballot two times in his very first 3 MLB seasons, however employing in the Air Force for the next 3 years throughout World War II slowed his momentum. He did make a World Series ring in 1948, however, as a backup outfielder and very first baseman for Cleveland.

Cliff Heathcote (1898)
In a 15-year MLB profession — mostly with the Cubs (9 seasons) and Cardinals (5) — Heathcote was most especially traded in between video games of the competitors’ doubleheader on Memorial Day in 1922; he dressed for St. Louis in the very first contest, then changed to a Chicago uniform in the 2nd.

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