All-Days-of-the-Week TeamPosted: October 19, 2011
30 years ago today, Rick Monday hit a home run in the ninth inning of a National League Championship game which broke a tie and allowed the Los Angeles Dodgers to beat the Montreal Expos. The Dodgers eventually won the World Series that year. In honor (or dishonor for Expos fans) of that event, I present the All-Days-of-the-Week Team. And yes, I cheated a little bit on some of them. Clicking on the player’s name will take you to his baseball-reference page.
Career bWAR: 32.7
Monday played 19 seasons in the Major Leagues, accumulating over 7,000 plate appearances. He made two all-star games and came in 18th in the MVP balloting in 1976.
Apparently Tuesday is not a common name or nickname. Maybe it’s just society. Twohey played for the Minneapolis Millers of the Western Association in 1890. Not much is known about him or the rest of the team, but it did feature a player named Scrappy Carroll, so I’m sure they were clutch and grounded out weakly to second a lot.
Career bWAR: -0.5
Admittedly, this is the biggest stretch here, but if you use your imagination, you can find “Wednesday” in there somewhere. Day was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays and has also spent time in the Chicago White Sox, Tampa Bay Rays and Oakland Athletics organizations. In 2010 he played in the Independent Leagues, but there are no stats for him from 2011. He did reach the majors for 13 games in 2007 with the White Sox, where he pitched 12 innings and gave up 15 runs with a 0.78 Strikeout/Walk (K/BB) ratio.
This is my favorite player on this list, but I don’t know why. He pitched 13 games in 1945 for the Mooresville Braves of the North Carolina State League, a Class D affiliate of the Boston Braves.
Career bWAR: -1.0
Skipper’s real name was Grier, so I can see why he went by the nickname instead. He pitched seven games for the 1923 Washington Senators with a 6.90 ERA and a 0.41 (K/BB) ratio. He was born, died and buried in Gastonia, North Carolina. Great Place. Great People. Great Promise. (Or so I’ve heard).
Okay, so maybe this is the biggest stretch. I even searched in different languages: Sabado, Samedi, Samstag…nothing. So Satterthwaite kind of rhymes with Saturday. He played in 1939 for the Tarboro Serpents/Goobers (can’t make this stuff up) in the Coastal Plain League.
Career bWAR: 2.1
Sunday became a famous evangelist in the 1900s, but before that was an outfielder for Chicago White Stockings, Pittsburgh Alleghenys and Philadelphia Phillies. In eight major league seasons, Sunday had an OPS+ of 86, with a Range Factor per Game of 2.06, which was about 8% higher than the league average.