Tuesday, January 29, 2008
#79 Ernie Whitt
Why this card is awesome: Because of all those game-winning RBI, 51. For those who don't know, GWRBI was an official stat for a relatively short period of time, until MLB finally realized that it was pretty stupid. But 51 is a very nice total for a part-timer like Whitt.
Cool stat: Whitt, one of the original expansion Toronto Blue Jays, was a remarkably consistent player from 1982 to 1989. His OPS was between .757 and .805 every year. In fact, for the 1980s, Whitt has the most seasons with an OPS between .750 and .810. He wasn't spectacular, but he was very dependable (especially in an era when catcher was not emphasized for offensive prowess.)