Monday, April 7, 2008
#324 Danny Jackson
Why this card is awesome: Because the back of this card tells you all about Jackson's career. Some great years, some poor years. A tough guy to figure out. But he went to the World Series with three different teams (KC in 1985, CIN in 1990, and PHI in 1993) and had a pretty neat career.
Cool stat: You would think, playing on all those good teams, that Jackson got shortchanged in his career W-L record. He had an exactly league average ERA for his career, and finished 112-131 (.461.) So you might think he deserves to be closer to .500. Neutralizing his stats, though, gives a career record of 122-111 (.524) and that includes the fact that his 23-win season in 1988 gets neutralized to just 18 wins. By the way, 2002 and 1988 are the two most recent years that have seen at least 3 pitchers win 23 games. 2002 had Curt Schilling, Barry Zito, and Randy Johnson, and 1988 had Jackson, Orel Hershiser, and Frank Viola.