Sunday, May 31, 2015
652nd Place - Joel McKeon
I kind of miss how the White Sox were constantly experimenting with their uniforms. Joel is sporting one of those fashion statements: the upper-thigh jersey number. There's nothing like drawing your eye to a player's crotch like a big ol' #50 hanging out right next to it. I'm surprised more teams don't explore new designs related to pants. They're pretty much a standard color, maybe some piping. Where's the flair???
McKeon was back in the minors when this card came out, never to again appear in a major league game. He was a forkball pitcher who seemed to run into some bad luck, including a bout with hepatitis. What might be most interesting about Joel, though, is his European baseball triumphs. He ended up in Belgium of all places, where he pitched three years in a row without ever losing a game. McKeon is also one of six pitchers Don Mattingly exploited when he set his grand slam record. We'll see a tribute to that feat much later in this blog...