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January 10, 2012

The Lineup Card

Switched at Birth: 14 Players Who Look Like Other People

by Baseball Prospectus


 

1) Bruce Bochy
    

The wisdom and world-weariness written all over Bruce Bochy's face is a good match for that of Robert Forster, but it's not hard to imagine that if he were cast as the Giants' manager, Forster could find Brandon Belt 450 plate appearances and would certainly tell Brian Sabean to round up a few hitters that still have a pulse.—Jay Jaffe

2) Tim Lincecum

Doppelganger: Wiley Wiggins

—Bradford Doolittle

3) Scott Hairston
    

In a parallel universe, Scott Hairston becomes a folk hero when his home run in the top of the 13th inning at Coors Field on October 1, 2007 propels the Padres into the postseason. In another parallel universe, Hairston is a different kind of folk hero who spends his days with a donkey that sounds suspiciously like Eddie Murphy. In the actual universe, Hairston is just a useful spare outfielder who hits the occasional homer and who knows that ogres are not like cakes.—Geoff Young

4) Jack Morris
    

Doppelganger: Magnum PI

—Larry Granillo

5) Albert Pujols
    

A conversation that will probably happen around April: 
Me: Hey, has anybody ever told you that you look like the Salamanca cousins? 
Albert Pujols: Who are they? 
Me: From Breaking Bad? 
Albert Pujols: …
Me: They're, like, hitmen for this drug gang from Mexico or something? 
Albert Pujols: …
Me: They try to kill Hank but then Hank shoots one and runs over the other one in a parking lot? 
Albert Pujols: B**** no spoilers.—Sam Miller

6) Freddy Garcia
    
Doppelganger: Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson

Ben Lindbergh

7) Brett Wallace
    

Tingle, Tingle, Kooloo-Limpah!  These are the magic words that Brett Wallace created himself. Don't steal them!  If you get this reference, you get a gold star and my eternal friendship.

There has been a precedent, however, for random people simply changing their appearance to look like Tingle, so perhaps Wallace is not in fact Tingle himself, but rather one of his non-biological brothers a la David Jr.—Derek Carty

8) Tom Glavine

Pitcher Tom Glavine, known for his large strike zone.


Adult film star Randy Spears, known for his large strike zone.

—Ken Funck

9) Kevin Mench
This is my friend Jim Memolo

You may know him as the host of First Pitch on MLB Network Radio. He's from the East Coast.

This is Kevin Mench.

You may know him as a professional baseball player also from out East.

I'm not saying, I'm just saying.—Mike Ferrin

10) Billy Chapel and Crash Davis
    

Much like Clark Kent and Superman, Bruce Wayne and Batman, Crash Davis and Billy Chapel have never been seen in the same place at the same time. The question must be asked, are they in fact the same person, or are they truly baseball’s greatest set of twins, switched at birth but destined to be the greatest "thinking" battery combo in baseball history. For your consideration, here are the pitcher and catcher.—Adam Tower

11) Jayson Werth
    
Doppelganger: WWE's The Edge

—Ben Lindbergh

12) Brian Roberts
    

As far as we're aware, Baltimore Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts and Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh are not related, but Roberts might want to look into sneaking onto the coaching staff claiming he's a long-lost nephew of the Harbaugh clan—he'd probably make a better offensive coordinator than Cam Cameron, and it'd be his last chance to win a ring in Charm City.—Jonathan Bernhardt

13) Kirk Rueter
     

Kirk Rueter spent 13 years in the majors as a soft-tossing lefty for the Expos and Giants. He somehow managed to survive (and occasionally thrive) despite a career K/BB ratio of 1.41. He's found substantially more success in his post-playing career by starring in the top grossing movie of 2010 and in being voiced by Tom Hanks.—Dan Turkenkopf

14) Josh Collmenter

Doppelganger: BP alum Marc Normandin, both before and after his hypothetical signing by the Diamondbacks.

Tommy Bennett (h/t Ben Lindbergh and R.J. Anderson)

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BP staff member Ben Lindbergh
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In case anyone was wondering, I can't claim to be as dedicated a WWE aficionado as this article might make me out to be. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Some of my best friends are wrestling fans.

Jan 09, 2012 23:53 PM
 
Brian Cartwright

Edge = Long Haired Tom Brady

Jan 12, 2012 01:49 AM
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Wade

how about Peter Gammons and former US President Andrew Jackson

Jan 10, 2012 04:30 AM
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NYYanks826

Derek, well played with the Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask reference. That brings back memories from early in high school where I was so cool that I shunned my friends on Friday night so that I could play Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask.

Jan 10, 2012 05:22 AM
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BP staff member Derek Carty
BP staff

I just beat Majora's Mask for the first time a couple weeks ago. When I was younger I got stuck in the water temple and never finished. Very satisfying to finally beat it.

Jan 10, 2012 07:44 AM
 
Spraguer

Adam Everett = DJ Qualls
Jarrod Washburn = Alvin (Chipmunk)

Jan 10, 2012 06:56 AM
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SnakeDoctor18

Jarrod Washburn = Kiefer Sutherland

Jan 11, 2012 16:00 PM
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boards

Darryl Strawberry=Dino the Dinosaur

This was in a magazine in the 80's in a similar article.

Jan 10, 2012 07:04 AM
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JimmyJack

I remember that arounf '88 or '89. I was going to post this!

Jan 10, 2012 13:48 PM
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jhardman

Don't forget Ian Kinsler and James Franco. Or David Murphy and Alan Ruck (Cameron from Ferris Bueller's Day Off).

Jan 10, 2012 07:37 AM
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Dave Holgado

Brian Downing is Superman. Dale Murphy is John Boy.

Jan 10, 2012 07:43 AM
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sroney

More specifically, Brian Downing and Christopher Reeve as Superman. Bill James even made that comment in one of his Abstracts.

Jan 10, 2012 18:16 PM
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frampton
(870)

Rueter's nickname in the Giants' clubhouse was in fact "Woody".

Jan 10, 2012 07:45 AM
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Rfgilles1

Michael Fassbender and Tom Glavine look like each other.

Jan 10, 2012 07:54 AM
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Bradley Ankrom

R.J. Anderson and Brad Hawpe.

So the rumor goes....

Jan 10, 2012 08:13 AM
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Marc Normandin

Now why isn't that included in the above group of images?

Jan 10, 2012 08:51 AM
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Bradley Ankrom

If photos of R.J. existed, they would.

Jan 10, 2012 09:00 AM
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pandroid

Jack Wilson = Jack Skellington

Jan 10, 2012 08:28 AM
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heyblue

Dodgerblues.com has a "Dodger Look-alikes" feature. Some of them are pretty good:

Bill Russell and John Denver
Otis Nixon and Skeletor
Paul LoDuca and Eddie Munster
Mike Scioscia and Napoleon Bonaparte
Marquis Grissom and Emmitt Smith

http://www.dodgerblues.com/content/features_lookalikes.html

Jan 10, 2012 09:02 AM
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BruceG

I always thought that Bruce Bochey and the actor that played the Manager in Major League, not only looked alike, but that their voices were extremely similar.

Jan 10, 2012 09:09 AM
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goiter6

The one that always stuck out to me was Geoff Jenkins and Brett Favre.

Jan 10, 2012 10:10 AM
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pandroid

Michael Barrett and Teen Wolf.

Jan 10, 2012 10:18 AM
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ethanwitte

Randy Wolf and Brett Favre

Jan 10, 2012 11:25 AM
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TomLongwell

Magglio Ordonez and Mario Lemieux... Don't believe me? Look it up!

Jan 10, 2012 11:35 AM
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Lucasjj

That is much more similar than one would expect.

Jan 10, 2012 12:57 PM
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Jamie

Asdrubal Cabrera and Mike Bibby

Jan 10, 2012 13:37 PM
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JimmyJack

Darrell Evans and Howdy Doody

Unrelated: Mitch Albom is the love child of Jay Leno and Leonard Nimoy!

Jan 10, 2012 13:53 PM
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fawcettb

The Jason Werth/WWE The Edge resemblance is pretty eerie. I think those guys actually are related.

Jan 10, 2012 15:19 PM
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Yatchisin
(487)

Todd Palin and Jeff Kent.

Jan 10, 2012 16:10 PM
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BobbyMcNeill

Colby Lewis and Will Ferrell!

Jan 10, 2012 16:18 PM
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sephrath

Justin Verlander = Matthew Fox

Carl Crawford = Nate Robinson = 50 Cent

Jan 10, 2012 19:38 PM
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BobbyRoberto
(907)

Totally agree about Wiley Wiggins ("Dazed and Confused") and Tim Lincecum. Maybe that was Tim Lincecum as a kid and that's where he got his start enjoying herbal substances!

Jan 10, 2012 23:02 PM
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Hudson Belinsky

I laughed out loud at the Pujols and Breaking Bad guys. I remember thinking the same thing when I saw them. Good stuff.

Jan 10, 2012 23:30 PM
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npb7768

Carl Yastrzemski's voice = UConn coach Jim Calhoun's voice...

Jan 11, 2012 10:18 AM
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