Tuesday, November 17, 2015
624th Place - Stan Jefferson
If we are to believe Jefferson's Wikipedia page, his life is full of unexpected plot twists, taking him from prospect to villain, and then to hero.
Jefferson was a first round pick of the New York Mets, twentieth overall, in the 1983 draft. The 1983 draft is one of the weaker draft classes in MLB history with the exception of one particular player: Roger Clemens. And when did Clemens get drafted by the Red Sox? 19th. I wonder if the Mets had Jefferson rated above or below Clemens on their board...
Jefferson came to the Padres in the big trade of December, 1986, along with Kevin Mitchel and Kevin Brown, for Kevin McReynolds (that's a lot of Kevins). This particular piece of cardboard, which is a fine looking card, came after Jefferson's best season. 1987 was the only year he played regularly, and he used his speed to his advantage with seven triples and 34 stolen bases. He bounced around after that, finally ending his time in the big leagues in 1991. That is, until he became a scab player for the New York Mets during the 1995 player's strike.
He redeemed himself from this sin when he joined the New York City Police Department in 1997. As fate would have it, he was one of the responding officers during the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001. That experience has left him physically and emotionally scarred.
Stan Jefferson is certainly a hero, just not the baseball variation we might have expected in 1988...