Sunday, April 7, 2013

755th Place - Jeff Ballard

Card #782

This is Jeff Ballard's rookie card.  I think an interesting blog story might be to track down the least likely candidates to ever be featured on Topps' factory set all-star cards.  Ballard might be the winner.  He is featured in the 1990 set after going 18-8 in 1989 with a 3.43 ERA.  He finished sixth in Cy Young voting, but his 1.09 strikeout-to-walk rate demonstrates it was a fluky campaign and he would never again come close to his '89 season.

There's something about the lighting and sweat on Ballard's face that makes me think of this alien dude from Deep Space Nine.  It freaks me out.

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