Tuesday, February 5, 2008
#105 Jesse Orosco
Why this card is awesome: Because of the interesting trade mentioned on the back. The year after the trade, Koosman won 20 games for the Twins but was traded in a couple of years to the White Sox in a fairly meaningless deal. Orosco spent the next 8 years with the Mets and was a major contributor to the championship team in 1986. He also really helped the Mets in the 1988 playoffs, thought he was pitching for the Dodgers at the time. (Didn't hurt the Dodgers in the end, that year.)
Cool stat: Orosco is the career games pitched leader, although Mike Stanton (age 40) is just 74 games behind him. If Stanton can pitch well enough to stay in the lineup, he'll probably pass Orosco in early 2009. Anyway, Orosco finished his career with a stellar ERA+ of 125 (particularly stellar for a reliever.) Among pitchers with at least 800 appearances since 1901, Orosco is 14th in ERA+. And of the guys ahead of him, only Walter Johnson and Steve Reed (?!?!) didn't spend significant time as a closer.