It's Friday, so let's try something silly.

Give us a random number between 1 and 4950, and we'll track down that :lnp: player and tell you as much as we can about their career.

With the fourth pick in Friday numbers, @mattamatic selects:

#65 Ed Merrill, backup second baseman for the 5-31 Baltimore Orioles.

(Geez, y'all are good at finding :mlb: players. What kind of imperialist bullshit is this?)

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Ed Merrill (#4004)—part I 

Some quick information:

Born: May 22nd, 1860, in Maysville, KY.
Height: 5'11".
Weight: 180 lbs.

Salary: Roughly 132 pesos, which is $25,400. Christ. Backup second basemen deserve a living wage too.

Ed Merrill (#4004)—part II, conclusion 

There's not much else to say: the man is only 24, but he's already showing signs of decline, and his floor wasn't all that high to begin with. That can't be good.

Mind you, just by playing *a* game in 1885 he's already outlasted the real Ed Merrill:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ed_Merri

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