Matt Stairs notches career pinch hit number 100

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I was paying attention to Matt Stairs more closely to see when he’d get his first hit at all this season. Little did I know — until I read Adam Kilgore’s story in this morning’s Washington Post anyway — that the hit he had in last night’s game was his 100th career pinch hit.

Strange career for a neat guy.  There aren’t many non-head cases who have played for a bunch of different teams, but Stairs is decidedly not that and has played for 13.  A lot of that has to do with his pinch-hitting rep — those guys don’t last on the same team for a very long time — but I kind of suspect that a lot of guys could be pinch hitters. With Stairs I’m sure it has a lot to do with his willingness to take on the role with little fuss and the fact that he’s really likable.  Need a pinch hitter this year? OK, call Stairs.