Thursday, April 7, 2016
606th Place - Jeff Reed
Here's a great profile shot of the Expos' batting helmets. The tri-colored look is pretty unique in the annals of baseball history. It looks good, especially with the blue and red piping on the white uniform.
You can also see Jeff Reed's batting glove in his back left pocket, which he's clearly not using while swinging the bat. I guess he used it for his catcher's mitt?
Jeff Reed had an incredibly long career, almost exclusively as a backup catcher. Debuting in 1984, he played his last game with the Cubs in 2000. That's a heck of a career. Over 17 years in the pros he hit a respectable .250 with an OPS of .695.
By the time this card was printed, Reed was a Cincinnati Red, where he had his two biggest career accomplishments. In 1990 he was part of the World Series winning team. But before that, in 1988, was the catcher for Tom Browning's perfect game! Browning credits him as a major factor in his performance that day.