Saturday, February 9, 2008
#123 Tom Candiotti
Why this card is awesome: Because I can't figure out exactly what's happening in the background. The player in the back looks like an Indian, so we'd assume he's the first baseman, but he's in kind of a strange position, looking like maybe he was holding on a runner (who is not visible in the shot.) Something I did not know is that Joe Carter played the most games at 1B in 1987 for the Indians, so that's probably who we're seeing. Carter is a righty, and the figure appears to be wearing a glove on the left hand, so that all makes sense.
Cool stat: Candiotti is not remembered by most as a particularly great pitcher, but he was pretty damn good for a stretch. From 1988 to 1993, he had the 14th-most innings pitched in baseball. And he had the 15th most starts. And for pitchers with at least 800 IP over that period, he had the 7th-best ERA+. Not too shabby.