Monday, May 30, 2016
603rd Place - Rafael Santana
By the time this card came out Santana was still playing in New York...just across town in the Bronx. He played the 1988 season for the Yankees but missed all of 1989 due to an elbow injury. He caught on with the Indians to start the 1990 season but was released just a few weeks into the year and called it a career.
But that's not what you remember Santana for. No, you probably recall him as the starting shortstop for the 1986 World Series winning New York Mets. He played in all seven games and batted .250, which is about all the Mets could have expected from him. He was known for his glove, finishing in the top three in fielding percentage in the National League between 1985 and 1987.
The New York Daily News caught up with him last year and Santana has done well for himself post-retirement. He works for the Chicago White Sox as the head of player development in his native Dominican Republic. His son, Alexander, plays in the minor leagues for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
This isn't a bad looking card, but my copy is blurry, which I'm not sure if it that's a printing press issue or how all of his cards looked in this set.