Posted by Andy on December 17, 2010
Following on to our fun with Similarity Scores, reader Rick Jennings wrote in with the following trivia question:
Name a player who was traded for his own most-similar player.
Click through for the answer, or see if you can come up with it on your own first.
Marquis Grissom's most similar 10 players:
- Devon White (904)
- Amos Otis (903)
- Cesar Cedeno (888)
- Willie Davis (879)
- Jose Cruz (874)
- Gary Matthews (873)
- Felipe Alou (866)
- Chet Lemon (864)
- B.J. Surhoff (859)
- Dusty Baker (857)
And, from Grissom's transaction register:
February 24, 2001: Traded by the Milwaukee Brewers with a player to be named later to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Devon White. The Milwaukee Brewerssent Ruddy Lugo (June 1, 2001) to the Los Angeles Dodgers to complete the trade.
There you have it--Devon White, the player most similar to Grissom, was on the other side of a 2001 trade for Grissom. Incidentally, Grissom is only #4 on White's most-similar players list, with Amos Otis taking the top spot.
Thanks to Rick for this neat find. I spent a bunch of time trying to find other examples but couldn't. Can you come up with any others? I'd even accept players appearing anywhere in the 10 most similar (career-wise).