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GIF of the Moment: Rick Ankiel’s Cannon

And be sure to check out The Flagrant Fan for a great article on Ankiel’s legendary arm, complete with videos of his most famous throws.

Golden Sombrero: Jayson Werth (No. 3)


Bottom 2: Jayson Werth singled to shortstop against Henry Sosa

Bottom 3: struck out swinging against Sosa

Bottom 5: struck out swinging against Jordan Lyles

Bottom 7: struck out swinging against Lance Pendelton

Bottom 8: struck out on a foul tip against Mark Melancon

Final Line: 1-for-5, R, 4 K

Notes: Werth picked up his third golden sombrero of the season on Sunday afternoon against Astros.  The real story of the game was that Ian Desmond, Rick Ankiel and Ryan Zimmerman hit back-to-back-to-back jacks off of Henry Sosa in the third.  Oh yeah, and that Strasburg guy pitched.  There’s nothing noteworthy about Werth’s season that his .164 ISO and .727 OPS doesn’t already suggest.  He’s now tied with Adam Dunn, Grady Sizemore and Kelly Johnson for the league lead in golden sombreros at three.

Total 2011 Sombreros: 112

Golden Sombrero: Mike Morse


Bottom 1: Michael Morse struck out swinging against Ted Lilly

Bottom 2: struck out swinging against Lilly

Bottom 5: flied out to right against Lilly

Bottom 7: struck out swinging Kenley Jansen

Bottom 9: called out on strikes against Javy Guerra

Final Line: 0-for-5, 4 K, 7 LOB

Notes:  Morse, who coincidentally made an appearance in our MLB Look-alikes series yesterday, recorded his first golden sombrero of the season against the Dodgers on Tuesday.  Currently having a well-deserved breakout season, the big man has shown the skeptics that his bat is for real.  With a 6-foot-5 frame and robust power to match it (.242 ISO, .342 BABIP, and 58 XBHs), it’s crazy to think that he was drafted as a shortstop.

Total 2011 Sombreros: 108

MLB Look-alikes: Mike Morse and Shawn Andrews

The Golden Sombrero presents MLB Look-alikes: Mike Morse and Shawn Andrews (Dazed and Confused)

Unlike Morse, Andrews was not drafted as a shortstop.

Golden Sombrero: Danny Espinosa (again)

Bottom 1: Danny Espinosa struck out on a foul tip against Hiroki Kuroda

Bottom 4: struck out swinging against Kuroda

Bottom 6: struck out swinging against Kuroda

Bottom 8: struck out swinging against Ramon Troncoso

Final Line: 0-for-4, 4 K

Notes: Espinosa’s golden sombrero against the Dodgers on Monday was his second in the past week, as the rookie continues to fan at a worrisome rate.  On Tuesday, he struck out in three of his four at-bats, which means that Espinosa has now fanned in seven of his last eight at-bats.

Total 2011 Sombreros: 106