Monday, March 31, 2014

688th Place - John Candelaria

Card #546

John is looking pretty shady, both literally and figuratively.  He definitely appears like he's up to something.  I'm guessing he's trying not to laugh because there's only one thin layer of warm-up jacket between his bare chest and Shea Stadium.  I could be wrong, but that plunging neckline suggests otherwise.

Candelaria played a whopping three games with the Mets, yet somehow Topps managed to capture a snap with him in his late season trade threads.  He had come over from the Angels, and would be off to the Bronx in 1988.  He really bounced around in his final years, also playing for Expos, Twins, Blue Jays, and Dodgers. 

Most of you know the "Candy Man" has a bit of an infamous reputation with his penchant for marijuana t-shirts and association with the drug-era Pirates.  I was surprised to see him listed as 6'6, I didn't remember him being so tall.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

689th Place - Andy McGaffigan

Card #488

McGaffigan spent a lot of his career shuttling between the bullpen and spot starting duties.  The year this card was made he was coming off his best season.  McGaffigan pitched 120 innings in relief without a single start.  You don't see those kind of numbers from this generation of bullpen arms.  What's more, he posted a nifty 2.39 ERA with 100k's and even 12 saves.

According to Wikipedia, he has one of the worst pitcher batting averages in the history of MLB.  He hit a paltry .048 in 126 at bats.  Here's a funny clip of Shawon Dunston taking a swing at him.

Here's something you probably didn't know, though.  McGaffigan had a minor part in the movie Tombstone.*  Check him out as he almost finishes off Val Kilmer:




*I'm kidding of course, but McGaffigan's mustache is not to be trifled with.

Monday, March 3, 2014

690th Place - Rich Yett

Card #531

With as much flack as the Washington Redskins are getting for their continued use of an insensitive and offensive moniker, I'm surprised the Cleveland Indians don't get more negative attention too.  I know they've shied away from Chief Wahoo over the years, but there's a strong case for the Indians to be more politically correct as well.  Mr. Yett here wants to stir up the debate by showing not just one, but TWO Wahoo symbols. 

(My favorite player of all time, as I've mentioned before, is Eddie Murray.  During his tenure in Cleveland, I acquired an Indians cap as well as a neck tie - both of which featured Chief Wahoo.  I kind of cringe about that in retrospect...)

Rich is not dead...yet.