Monday, March 31, 2008

#298 Milt Thompson

Why this card is awesome: Like Freddie Toliver, here's another depressed looking Phillie. But with that bat in his hands, this looks to me more like a nice, classic baseball card. Of course, it's also another shot with a shadow right across the player's face. Tsk tsk.

Cool stat: For three straight years, 1988 to 1990, Thompson had exactly 39 walks. That's a statistical oddity--it's rare to see a player get any one stat (except perhaps games played, or zeroes, in cases like Cal Ripken) exactly the same for a few years running. It reminds me a bit of how Vinnie Castilla had the same HR, RBI, and BA in both 1996 and 1997.


Uglee Card said...

I would like to use this space to ask a question totally unrelated to angry Milt Thompson (or MT), if that's OK. I didn't know anyone besides you, Andy, who might be able to figure this one out. (This is not a question I know the answer to.)
What player finished highest in the MVP voting in their last year playing? Randomly looking up people I saw Teddy Ballgame finished 10th. I was trying to think of players that died unexpectedly. Clemente was 13th - Munson and Gehrig didn't get any votes in their very abbreviated last seasons.
And, no, I have no idea what made me think of this, other than I was randomly looking at Stan Musial's stats.

Uglee Card said...

OK, I hit the send too early and then thought of Koufax. He's got to be the answer - 2nd in his last season. That's going out on top.
I don't think that can be beat.
Manny Trillo - no votes in his last season. Or ever.

David said...

Along the theme of statistical oddities: I was always amused by Fred Lynn's 4 consecutive seasons of 23 HRs. And in the 2 seasons preceding that streak, he hit 21 and 22, respectively.