Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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Some Opening Day facts concerning David Price
Posted Apr 1, 2011 by Roger Mooney
Updated Apr 1, 2011 at 10:35 AM
All eyes will be on David Price tonight as he joins an impressive list of pitchers who made Opening Day starts
BY ROGER MOONEY
Here are some did you knows you may not have known about David Price and Opening Day, courtesy of the Rays PR department …
David Price will become the 13th pitcher in Major League history to make an Opening Day start, All-Star Game start and postseason start all by the age of 25.
He is the first to do so since Atlanta’s Tom Glavine, 20 years ago. The others are: Glavine, NYM Dwight Gooden, KC Bret Saberhagen, BOS Roger Clemens, LAD Fernando Valenzuela, OAK Vida Blue, NYM Tom Seaver, DET Denny McLain, LAD Don Drysdale, NYY Whitey Ford, PHI Robin Roberts, NYY Lefty Gomez.
Of this group, Price is one of eight in major league history to achieve this while earning a Game 1 start in the postseason: also Glavine, Gooden, Clemens, Valenzuela, Blue, Seaver and McLain.
Of this group, 5 of the 10 qualifying pitchers are Hall of Famers – Seaver, Drysdale, Ford, Roberts and Gomez.
Price will become the fourth different lefthander (10th pitcher overall) in Rays history to earn the Opening Day assignment, following Wilson Alvarez (1998-99), Joe Kennedy (2003) and Scott Kazmir (2006-07).