Thursday, January 10, 2008
#11 Mike Young
Why this card is awesome: It's a great shot of Young, pensive as he leans against the batting cage, waiting for his turn to rake.
Cool stat: Young had one excellent year in 1985, with an OPS+ of 136. Had he appeared in more games, he might have topped 35 HR and 100 RBI, and perhaps had a different career. But anyway, of his 72 career HR, he hit 3 apiece off 3 different pitchers. He owned Bruce Hurst and Curt Young, posting a combined OPS over 1.500 in nearly 40 PAs. But while he also had 3 HR of Willie Hernandez, those were his only 3 hits in 16 ABs against Hernandez. If you follow that link and click on Willie's name to see the individual PAs, you can see that 5 of them ended the game: 4 strikeouts and 1 walk-off homer.