Monday, May 5, 2008
#412 Randy Myers
Why this card is awesome: Because it's totally ridiculous to me that Myers' eyes are closed in this shot. Ridiculous because A) how can you pitch with your eyes closed, for even a split second? and B) could Topps really not find any photos of Myers with his eyes open? There's another card coming up very shortly with a sleepy-looking player.
Cool stat: Myers' 1993 ties with John Smoltz's 2002 for worst ERA+ in a season with at least 50 saves. Actually, those two seasons are remarkably similar, with almost identical numbers in every meaningful category. Those two seasons are quite a bit worse than ever other 50-save season in history, at least in terms of ERA+.
Myers seemed like a lock HOFer at one point, but after 1997 at age 34 with Baltimore, he was never effective again due to injuries. Even still, had he had 4 or 5 more good years, it wouldn't have been enough.