Willie, Edgar, and not the Smith Brothers

  1. How’s this Hall of Fame report: Carl Yastrzemski, Pete Rose Frank Robinson, Willie Mays and Rickey Henderson each had at least one hit in 17 different Opening Days.
  2. With a home run in the season opener for Cincinnati, Scott Rolen now has six Opening Day homers; Frank Robinson is the all-time leader with eight.
  3. Edgar Renteria now has had five hits in a game four times in his career: twice with the Cardinals, once with the Braves, and now once with the Giants.
  4. A good way to track the Twins success will be by watching J.J. Hardy’s hitting. In his years with the Brewers he hit about 100 points higher in games that Milwaukee won (.310 to .209)
  5. The last time the Yankees did not homer on Opening Day was in 1998.
  6. In 2007, John Lackey finished third in Cy Young Award voting and Josh Beckett finished second, the only season either pitcher got CYA votes.
  7. The Rockies are looking for the first back-to-back over .500 seasons since 1995 through 1997 under the helm of Don Baylor. They are also hoping for their first back-to-back postseason seasons and their first division title.
  8. He’s a travelin’ man, made a lot of friends, all over the world: Matt Stairs made his Padres debut this week meaning he’s now played with an even dozen teams. For his teams, Stairs has played all three outfield positions, been a DH and firstbaseman, and for the Cubs in 2001 he played one inning at second base.
  9. The most common last name on the Rockies? Smith. Greg Smith and Seth Smith make it 145 Smiths all-time in baseball, the most popular surname of them all. You didn’t think it was Tulowitzki did you?