Friday, July 25, 2008
#548 Shane Mack
Why this card is awesome: Because of the nice shot of the "RAK" patch on the Padres' uniform sleeve, remembering Ray A. Kroc, onetime owner of the Padres (and, incidentally, founder of McDonald's.) Also, some goofy kid in the background playing air guitar.
Cool stat: Mack is mostly remembered as a flop for a first-round draft pick, and I think that's really unfair. He never got a fair shot at a full-time job, in my opinion, and when he did play, he hit very well. From 1991 to 1994, here are the 17 players with 50-70 HR and 250-300 RBI. Mack is on that list with comparable players such as Ryne Sandberg, Wally Joyner, Tim Wallach, and Lou Whitaker.