Tuesday, April 8, 2008
#331 Brian Downing
Why this card is awesome: Because Downing was signed as an undrafted free agent. By all accounts, Downing was a guy with little natural ability who ended up excelling in MLB through very hard work and sheer determination. Nice!
Cool stat: From 1982 to 1988 (7 seasons) there were 3 guys who hit at least 19 homers every year but never drove in 100 runs. If you're a baseball fan from that period, you might come up with Freddy Lynn or Tom Brunansky, but you'd probably never get Brian Downing, who also did it.
Downing is a pretty underrated player in my opinion. His 1987 was great. A .400 OBP with 110 runs scored. And his career OPS+ is 122.