Thursday, July 3, 2008

#519 Mariners Leaders

Why this card is awesome: Because this card tells you all you need to know about the Mariners franchise from their inception in 1977 to 1988. The two players shown, Harold Reynolds and Phil Bradley, were among the best offensive players the team had ever had, outranked probably by Alvin Davis and Jim Presley (and also by Ken Phelps had he been given adequate playing time.) And yet, Reynolds and Bradley were not all that good. Both put up some good numbers in one or two areas but were not well-rounded players.

Cool stat: I've already sung the praises of Ken Phelps. But check this out: most homers in a season with at most 332 at-bats. Phelps holds 3 of the top 6 places.


djl said...

I'll take Phil Bradley and Ken Phelps (and actually, probably Bruce Bochte too) over Jim Presley.

Presley played six seasons with the Mariners, managed to get his OBP over .300 exactly twice. Those HR numbers were pretty darn good for the mid '80s, but still...all those outs. Yuck.

Jim said...

Mark Langston should have been one of the "Leaders" Topps was very arbitrary when picking these.