Quick hits: Did you know?

March, 8, 2010
Ten things you can learn from reading the Red Sox media guide:

1. Newcomers Marco Scutaro and Mike Cameron hit five home runs apiece last April. That’s as many as Kevin Youkilis and the departed Jason Bay hit to lead the Red Sox in the month.

2. Every member of the Red Sox coaching staff went to college: manager Terry Francona (Arizona), bench coach DeMarlo Hale (Southern University), first-base coach Ron Johnson (Fresno State), third-base coach Tim Bogar (Eastern Illinois), pitching coach John Farrell (Oklahoma State), hitting coach Dave Magadan (Alabama), bullpen coach Gary Tuck (Indiana) staff assistant Rob Leary (LSU).

3. Red Sox pitcher John Lackey swung a big bat for Grayson (Texas) College in the Junior College World Series, collecting eight hits, including two homers, and knocked in seven runs.

4. CEO Larry Lucchino is the only man known to have World Series rings (Orioles ’83, Red Sox ’04 and ’07), a Super Bowl ring (Redskins ’83) and a Final Four watch (Princeton, ’65)

5. Players traded for Mike Cameron: Paul Konerko, Ken Griffey Jr., Xavier Nady.

6. Over the last six seasons, Albert Pujols of the Cardinals has the highest on-base percentage (.435) in the majors. J.D. Drew ranks eighth (.402), just two places behind Manny Ramirez (.409).

7. Daisuke Matsuzaka was born on Sept. 13, 1980. Individuals born in Japan’s 1980 fiscal year (April 2, 1980-April 1, 1981) are often referred to as the “Matsuzaka generation.’’ (Not in the media guide: Matsuzaka’s translator, Masa Hoshino, and Japanese media liaison Mikio Yoshimura both belong to the Matsuzaka generation).

8. There has been one grandfather-grandson combination in Sox history. John “Shano” Collins was an outfielder who played for the Sox from 1921-25. His grandson, Bob Gallagher, appeared as a pinch-hitter and pinch-runner for the Sox in 1972.

9. No Red Sox outfielder has won a Gold Glove since Ellis Burks in 1990. No Sox shortstop has won one since Rick Burleson in 1979, while it has been 51 years since a third baseman (Frank Malzone) won one.

10. The last Red Sox player to appear in all 162 games was Dwight Evans, in 1984.

Gordon Edes

ESPN Staff Writer



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