Where have you gone Brian Dayett, our nation turns its lonely eyes to you

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Great post over at Mental Floss today, covering a topic near and dear to my heart: the 1984 Donruss “Rated Rookie” set, in both words and pictures.

For those who don’t recall (or who are too young to), Donruss designated a handful of rookies in each set “Rated Rookies,” implying some great promise.  The 1984 Rated Rookies were selected by Bill Madden of the Daily News.

As the Mental Floss post shows, however, Madden missed more than he hit.  Some he got right: Joe Carter, Ron Darling and Tony Fernandez to name a few.  Also included in Rated class, however, were the Yankees’ Brian Dayett, the Indians’ Mike Jeffcoat, the Braves Brad Komminsk and any number of other random fellows.  Not making the cut for some reason: Darrell Strawberry, Don Mattingly and Roger Clemens.

Hey, nobody’s perfect. Even if the 1984 Donruss set is pretty damn close to it.

Tim Beckham to miss six to seven weeks after undergoing core muscle surgery

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Dan Connolly of BaltimoreBaseball.com reports that Orioles third baseman Tim Beckham underwent core muscle surgery in Philadelphia on Thursday and is expected to miss the next six to seven weeks.

Beckham, 28, was originally diagnosed with a strained left groin. He sustained the injury during spring training and reaggravated it on Monday against the Indians.

Beckham was off to a slow start, batting .179/.247/.262 in 93 plate appearances. Danny Valencia and Jace Peterson should handle the hot corner while Beckham is out.