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MLB Believe It Or Not
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Phillies pitcher Jamie Moyer was born in 1962, but so were Greg Cadaret, Richard Amaral, Tom Bolton, Joe Orsulak, Robby Thompson, Jim Walewander, Orestes Destrade, Alberto Pardo, Oddibe McDowell, Charlie Mitchell, Russ Morman, Kevin Mitchell, Urbano Lugo, Dion James, Bo Jackson, Tom Funk, Jeff Innis, Kelly Gruber, Chuck Finley, Billy Beane, and 119 other Major Leaguers.

Moyer made his Major League debut on June 16, 1986, for the Chicago Cubs against his current employers. The list of ballplayers with Major League experience who weren't even born then includes Chris Volstad, Ryan Tucker, Philip Hughes, Jay Bruce, Cameron Maybin, Justin Upton and the ill-fated Nick Adenhart.

 

Joe Mauer of the Minnesota Twins belted his seventh homer Tuesday night against the Detroit Tigers. This matches his 2007 power output...in 342 fewer at-bats.

Prior to the 2009 season, Mauer, who owns a .320 career batting average, had only produced 43 long balls in 1155 Major League at-bats.

 

On the other end of the spectrum, teammate Delmon Young only has two extra-base hits to his credit in 83 at-bats. Twins shortstop Nick Punto has just two doubles in 104 at-bats.

Every other Major League hitter  with 75 or more at-bats has at least three extra-base hits.

 

Here's a vote for Los Angeles Dodger Juan Pierre, the most underrated player in the game today.

Despite a .302 lifetime batting average over a span of 10 seasons, Pierre has never been named an All-Star.

Ironically, Pierre has twice finished 16th or higher in the balloting for the NL MVP award.

 

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