Saturday, May 18, 2013
739th Place - Tim Birtsas
This card is harmless enough...until you look at the stats on the back.
In 1985 Tim played in 29 games for the A's, starting 25 of them. In 1986, he pitched in only two (and just two innings), and spent the rest of the year in Tacoma, the AAA team for Oakland. In 1987, he split his time between Tacoma and HUNTSVILLE, not even appearing in the majors!
How the heck did Birtsas get a card in this set?
In 1988 he was on the Reds, so at least he was active in the league when this card was being sold. I'd love to know what the Topps executives were thinking when they gave the green light to Birtsas...