Monday, July 21, 2008
#539 Mike LaValliere
Why this card is awesome: Because while I love the classic pose, the angle of Spanky's bat make me feel both a bit uncomfortable and wholly inadequate as a man.
LaValliere has been mentioned (or seen) previously on this blog here and here.
Cool stat: Spanky played at a time when catchers were not expected to produce offensively, and indeed he didn't do a ton with the bat. But for guys with at least 2000 PAs since 1930 and a slugging percentage of .338 or less, he cracks the top 10 for highest OBP. LaValliere walked a good amount, and struck out fairly infrequently.