Thursday, January 31, 2008

#97 Scott Garrelts



Why this card is awesome: Because of how Garrelts' arm is rippling right through the Expos logo. I also like the half-outfielder we can see at the ready in the distance. The card also notes that Garrelts threw a no-hitter with AAA Phoenix in 1983, meaning he had already appeared in the big-leagues before throwing a no-hitter. That must be a fairly rare feat (since most minor-league no-hitters happen in the lower minors way before pitchers ever get called up.)

Cool stat: Garrelts was injured a lot and had a short career. Unfortunately he got bombed in the post-season on the Giants teams that got eliminated in 1987 and 1989. However, his 1989 regular season was fantastic, and he squeaks into the top 10 for lowest WHIP in a season in the 1980s with at least 190 IP.

2 comments:

Drew said...

Neat list. Some of those guys are sort of surprising to see on there. Not that they are bad, just sort of forgotten.

Take a a guy like Teddy Higuera - in the Jim Rice tradition of timeline cherry picking, he was one of the top 3 pitchers of the late 80's, specifically 1986-89. Plus his cards were always intimidating as hell.

Andy said...

Speaking of Higuera, his card is coming up very shortly. I already wrote the post...comes up today or tomorrow.