Thursday, June 19, 2014

676th Place - Marvell Wynne

Card #454

I always loved Marvell's name.  There has to be some sort of positive impact on a kid's chances to become a professional athlete when they've got an awesome moniker.  That's science.

It's appropriate that we're discussing Marvell this week since we're also in the middle of the World Cup.  Did you know his son, Marvell Wynne Jr., is a soccer player in MLS?  See - great name, increased odds to go pro!

Marvell Sr. had a promising start to his MLB career in Pittsburgh, appearing in 154 games for the Pirates in 1984, his second season.  He would never duplicate that playing time or success though, and was out of baseball after the 1990 season when he struggled with the Chicago Cubs.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

677th Place - Steve Kiefer

Card #187

Some of you know I have a second blog, where I'm replaying the 1984 MLB season using Statis Pro Baseball.  Besides using this entry as a gratuitous plug for that blog, I mention it because Kiefer was terrible in 1984, his first cup of coffee in the bigs.  In Statis Pro, his defensive rating is the worst possible, and his hitting numbers are dismal.

By 1987, not much had changed.

Kiefer got a couple of more chances to play in 1988 and 1989, but after that, he was gone.  He has a negative 1.6 career WAR according to Baseball Reference, which is hard to do in only 229 career at-bats.

Despite all that, this is actually a pretty nice looking card.  It's only ranked so low due to quality of the player.  (No offense intended to Mr. Kiefer)