Saturday, October 29, 2016

590th Place - Ken Dixon

Card #676

As I'm typing this, the Cleveland Indians are battling the Chicago Cubs in game four of the World Series.  I'm a die hard Orioles fan and feel I have suffered too long since our last World Series victory...but Cleveland and Chicago make me realize 1983 ain't that bad!

(On second thought, no.  1983 is still too long.  It's not Baltimore's fault those other two clubs are even bigger losers.)

Ken Dixon's career is one of baseball's many broken dreams.  I can remember as a kid seeing his 170 strikeouts after the 1986 season and dreaming big.  Alas, the card here to the right is quite cruel, as Dixon's shoulder would betray him after the 1987 season and he never pitched in the big leagues again.

In the next few days Cleveland or Chicago's nightmare drought will end.  For us Orioles fans, though, the unquenchable thirst remains...

UPDATE:
I'm running another blog - my quest to collect the 1982 Topps set in order - one card at a time!  I'd love to get a few more followers on that page.  Hopefully you'll like it!

Saturday, October 22, 2016

591st Place - Luis Quinones

Card #667

It looks like Quinones has a Topps tattoo on his forearm, doesn't it?

Luis Quinones is part of a long line of light-hitting middle infielders, the type of player who littered the bloated Topps sets with 792 cards.  Signed at just 18 years of age out of his native Puerto Rico in 1980, he made a brief appearance in the majors during the 1983 season, but became a more permanent fixture starting in 1986.

Though he played on a few different teams during his career, he is best remembered as a bench player for the World Series winning team from Cincinnati in 1990.  In fact, Lou Piniella made the unlikely move in game six of the NLCS to bring in Quinones and sit Paul O'Neil versus Pirates lefty Zane Smith.  Sure enough, Quinones lined a single to score Ron Oester.  That sent the Reds to the World Seires and the rest was history.

These days you can find Luis as the hitting coach for the Batvia Muckdogs.  If you have any idea which Major League team Batvia falls under you're a better baseball fan than me!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

592nd Place - John Davis

Card #672

John Davis must have looked quite intimidating on the mound.  He's listed as 6'7" and 215 pounds.  That's NBA size, not MLB!

If you squint just right Davis kind of looks like Roger Clemens, but that's where the comparisons end.  Though he had a pretty 2.27 ERA in 1987, he also walked 26 batters in 43 innings.  That was a trend that would catch up to him in his next three seasons and he would be done in the majors after 1990.

I'm somewhat mesmerized by the mini-Green Monster behind Davis.  I assume that's the center field batter's screen at their minor league park.

A local newspaper caught up with John Davis back in 2014 when the Royals made their first visit to the World Series since 1985.  Good luck navigating all the pop-ups.