Saturday, June 10, 2017
571st Place - Craig Lefferts
I don't recall spending much time talking about one of the neat features of the 1988 Topps set - the "This Way To The Clubhouse" section on the back of the card. Lefferts' TWTTC story tells us he was a part of the mega Padres/Giants trade that went down on July 4, 1987. In that trade the Giants got a future MVP (Kevin Mitchell) and the Padres got a future Cy Young (Mark Davis). In fact, they both received their hardware for the 1989 season! I can't imagine there are a whole lot of MVP for Cy Young trades in MLB history...
Lefferts spent the first nine years of his MLB career as a reliever until randomly shifting to the starting rotation in 1992. He started 32 games that year (27 with San Diego, 5 with Baltimore) and recorded a nifty 3.76 ERA while doing so. Not too bad for the bullpen stalwart!
Lefferts might be best known, however, as the last pitcher to hit a walk-off home run! It happened way back in 1986...and he used Tony Gwynn's bat to do it!