Dan Haren recalls bizarre Blue Jays game on Twitter

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Dan Haren sits in the dugout during the first inning of a baseball game. (Gene J. Puskar/AP)

Dan Haren is one of baseball’s best personalties on Twitter, and he showed why on Monday.

The soft-tossing righty, who announced his plans to retire in October, took some time during his daily workout routine to unleash an entertaining stream of consciousness about his baseball career.

Not surprisingly, Haren gave up more long balls at Coors Field (19) than any ballpark he didn’t call home.

Haren’s only other home run came off Bronson Arroyo — definitely not as impressive.

It was actually only nine runs (on 11 hits though), on Aug. 21 2006 in a 12-10 win for the Athletics. Vernon Wells and Lyle Overbay did most of the damage, with three RBIs apiece. You can’t blame him for wanting to forget that one.

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Melvin Upton hit more home runs off Haren (six in 40 at-bats) than any other player, one more than Ryan Howard.

Haren plunked 67 batters over the course of his 13-year career, but only Manny Ramirez, Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Elvis Andrus, Matt Holliday and Jerry Hairston were hit more than once. Take your pick.

Haren’s strategy didn’t hurt him much, with only 11 of the 305 home runs he allowed in his career coming on a 3-1 count — the third lowest of all counts. He allowed the most home runs, 62, on the first pitch.

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