Wednesday, June 4, 2008
#484 Pat Clements
Why this card is awesome: Because this card reminds us of one of the more forgotten terrible Yankee trades on the 1980s. The Yankees got Clements and Cecilio Guante for Doug Drabek and others. Drabek had a mixed career but pitched a lot of innings and had a couple of great years. Clements was by no means terrible but was a lot less valuable than Drabek.
Imagine, in the offseason after 1986, all those Yankee fans running away shouting, "Hey, we just got Clements", swallowing the 't', imagining it was Clemens they had just gotten.
Cool stat: In the last 50 years, Clements makes the top 25 for most innings pitched by a guy who finished with more walks than strikeouts. More like that right here.