Wednesday, February 13, 2008

#142 Andy Van Slyke



Why this card is awesome: Because the trade that brought Van Slyke to the Pirates (mentioned on the back) was one of the most interesting of the 1980s. Tony Pena was highly regarded (and perhaps overrated) and the Pirates picked up Van Slyke, LaValliere (who ended up being an important contributor to the division-winning Pirates teams of the early 1990s) and Mike Dunne, who was a "can't-miss" prospect who, umm, missed.

Cool stat: Boy oh boy, Van Slyke hit a lot of triples. From 1987 to 2007, just 12 players had at least 3 seasons with double-digit triples. Every other name is pretty easy to believe (Lance Johnson, Steve Finley, Jimmy Rollins, Christian Guzman, Vince Coleman, etc.) Van Slyke is a big surprise on there. In fact, among all players since 1901 with 5000 to 6000 career at-bats, Slick is 18th in triples.

5 comments:

Triple Play said...

Andy Van Slyke is one of my favorite players. He could play some ball. Barry Bonds despised Van Slyke for taking over his place in "CF" and probably still holds a grudge today.

BTW, is that more wood paneling in the background?

Mike S said...

Terrific, under-appreciated player. Could really play CF. Have to love seeing a guy at the plate without batting gloves, too.

MMayes said...

Andy was a good ballplayer. I just wish he'd have been able to do it in St. Louis, but there was just too much pressure.

The Yankee Despiser said...

Looks like Shea Stadium to me.

Luke said...

If he hadn't had those damn knee injuries, by god, he would of had some bigger stats..

Andy was my favorite bucco in the glory days, and ranks in my top 5 favorite players ever!!! Yes, Andy rules!!

One of two players to have graced my trapper keeper w/a Topps Jumbo Folder!!!

What if Andy was in left instead of Bonds? Damn well know he would of thrown out sid bream.....