Friday, May 30, 2008
#477 Jamie Quirk
Why this card is awesome: Because I find this photo hugely ironic. Those of you who were baseball fans in the mid-90s and early 00s will recall that Jamie Quirk was so often referred to as a future major-league manager. I understand that he was really into the mechanics of the game and, as a catcher, had a strong knowledge of how to call games and manage pitchers. But he never did become a manager (at least not yet, although he is currently bench coach for the Rockies.) I can't tell you how many times I heard or read a comment about Quirk becoming a manager.
So, what makes this card ironic? He looks like a manager. Since this is a posed shot, he's not wearing his batting helmet despite holding a bat. It's usually managers or coaches who look like this when they are hitting infield practice.
Cool stat: Over the years he played, Quirk has by far the most seasons with 221 or fewer at-bats. He was truly a back-up.