Prior to yesterday afternoon, mention the name Dan Meyer, and two things would pop into my head.
First, the former major league first baseman who spent twelve seasons with the Detroit Tigers, Seattle Mariners, and Oakland Athletics. I was a Mariner fan in their infancy (I would become a Braves fan in 1980), and remember listening to their games on many a summer night, rooting for the left-handed slugger to take the opponent deep.
More recently, it brings to mind former Braves farm-hand Dan Meyer. A highly regarded pitching prospect at one time, Meyer might best be known for being the key piece in the trade with Oakland that brought Tim Hudson to the Braves. As a lefty who threw 90-93 mph, Meyer showed good command at every level of the minors and had a pretty good arsenal, which included his fastball, a tight slider, curve, splitter, and change-up. Dan even made it to Atlanta for two games in 2004, where he made two relief appearances in New York against the Mets. After the trade, for whatever reason, Meyer struggled as a member of the A's. While he did have pretty good seasons at AAA Sacramento in 2007 and AAA New Orleans in 2010, he never regained the command that he exhibited while a member of the Braves organization. His best season in the majors came in 2009, while a member of the Florida Marlins. That season, Dan appeared in 71 games, collecting 2 saves, 56 strikeouts in 58.1 innings, and a 1.166 WHIP.
It was a tweet yesterday, however, that will forever be cemented in my mind. Bring up the name Dan Meyer now, and this is what I will remember...
Needless to say, Bastardo won the job.