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January 10, 2012
The Lineup Card
Switched at Birth: 14 Players Who Look Like Other People
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
3) Scott Hairston
4) Jack Morris
Doppelganger: Magnum PI
5) Albert Pujols
A conversation that will probably happen around April:
6) Freddy Garcia
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
9) Kevin Mench
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
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.