Friday, August 19, 2016
597th Place - Sal Butera
Ted Williams, who many would argue is the best pure hitter in the history of baseball, never won a World Series. Sal Butera, who scratched out part time play over nine seasons and retired with a -1.1 WAR, has a ring.
I love baseball.
At nearly 35 years of age Butera was traded by the Reds to the Twins during the 1987 season. He stuck with the team as the backup catcher for the rest of the season and managed to appear in both the playoffs and World Series, even going two for three in his start against the Tigers!
I would love to know more about Butera's wristbands in this picture. A quick Google search yielded zero clues. Any Twins fans out there who can help me out?
Sal is the proud father of Royals catcher Drew Butera. The two even faced off against each other in the 2015 playoffs, as Sal was a coach on the Toronto Blue Jays staff. While I'm sure Sal was disappointed Toronto didn't win, I'll bet he wasn't sulking too much knowing his son was moving on...to win a World Series of his own!
So for those keeping score at home: Sal and Drew Butera, two rings. Ted Williams, Barry Bonds, Ken Griffey Jr., Don Sutton, Craig Biggio, Gaylord Perry, Fergie Jenkins, Carlton Fisk, Ryne Sandberg, Ernie Banks, Mike Piazza, Juan Marichal, Robin Roberts, Robin Yount, Harmon Killebrew, Willie McCovey, Rod Carew, Carl Yastrzemski, Tony Gwynn, and Ty Cobb...zero.