Saturday, June 4, 2016
602nd Place - Ted Power
"I've got the power!!!"
If that wasn't Ted Power's entrance music starting in 1990, what a wasted opportunity...
By the time this card came out Ted Power was no longer a Red. He was traded to the Royals with Kurt Stillwell for Danny Jackson. Jackson would become a prominent member of the 1990 World Series winning rotation for Cincinnati, so that worked out better for the Reds than it did Power.
Power rose through the loaded Los Angeles Dodgers minor league system as a starting pitcher but got converted to a reliever once he reached the majors. It took a couple of years to adjust, but he got the hang of it. In 1984 he led the NL in games and had a 2.82 ERA and then in 1985 he was used more as a closer, notching 27 saves.
But in 1987, the most recent year on the back of this card, he was suddenly a starting pitcher again. He went 10-13 with a 4.50 ERA and split time as a starter and reliever in 1988 for the Royals and Tigers.
Power has the unusual distinction of starting a game in the post season while only appearing as a reliever during the regular season. Power bounced around until his career ended after the 1993 season. There's a great interview with him here highlighting his career and, specifically, his time with the Cleveland Indians.
I like Ted Power, but this card is kind of "meh" to me.