Saturday, January 23, 2016
615th Place - Ed Nunez
Happy, uh, New Year? Is this really my first 2016 post? Slacker!
I'm going to slap on the "product placement" label for that perfectly placed Wilson brand and glove name, a Proselect model. Topps shortened up Nunez's moniker from "Edwin" to "Ed" throughout his career, despite Score, Fleer, and Donruss doing the opposite. Maybe they knew him better?
Nunez was a durable and longtime reliever in the bigs, lasting thirteen seasons. According to Wikipedia, he was the youngest player in the American League in the 1982 and 1983 seasons. Though he bounced around to a few teams, his longest tenure was with Seattle, who he would be traded away from in 1988 to join the New York Mets in their playoffs push. I found this fun link, which is especially awesome if you lived in the Seattle area like I did in the mid-80's.