April 8th has been a busy day in baseball history. Three years ago the Mets played the final home opener at 45-year-old Shea Stadium, with the win going to a pitcher that was older than the ballpark (Jamie Moyer, who was 46 at the time). Both PNC Park and Petco Park opened on this date (2003 and 2004, respectively) as well. Todd Helton set a Rockies' club record by reaching base seven times in one game (2003), Chan Ho Park became the first Korean to play in MLB (1994), Kent Mercker threw a no-hitter against the Dodgers (1994), Carlos Baerga became the first player to homer from both sides of the plate in the same inning (2003), and Frank Robinson became the first African-American manager in history (1975). Last, but certainly not least, Hank Aaron hit his 715th career homer on this date in 1974, passing Babe Ruth to become baseball's all-time home run king.
I'm not sure if these links will have any historical significance, but they're all well worth your time…
- Through The Fence Baseball lists some fallacies from week one of the baseball season.
- U.S.S. Mariner looks at the rebuilding Mariners and their recent drafts.
- Marlin Maniac examined a recent and interesting decision by Scott Cousins.
- Baseball Time In Arlington isn't ready to believe in Matt Harrison just yet.
- Capitol Avenue Club doesn't like the way the Braves have treated Kenshin Kawakami.
- The Golden Sombrero wonders if Alex Gordon is finally breaking out.
- True Grich is quite pleased that Jordan Walden is closing games for the Angels.
- Ivy Report asks if Pedro Martinez would be a good fit for the injury-riddled Cubs' rotation.
- The Shea Faithful wonders if Willie Harris is the next Endy Chavez.
- Twins Territory Talk has some expectations for Justin Morneau.
- Rising Apple pens an open letter to Mike Pelfrey.
- The Knuckle Blog examines the worst player in the league, a guy that was traded this past offseason.
- Harness The Halo writes about the difference Vernon Wells is making off the field with his charity work.
- Baseball Junk Drawer gives each team a theme song, going with the Ramones this year.
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