Monday, July 28, 2008
#555 Brook Jacoby
Why this card is awesome: Because of two things we previously mentioned. He, like Eric King, has ties to Oxnard, CA, plus, like Brett Butler, he was part of the great trade the Indians made for Len Barker.
Cool stat: Jacoby's 1987 is the 4th-fewest RBI for a guy with at least 32 HR. Interestingly, I would have assumed that this was because 1987 was such a fluke year for homers. But with an OPS+ of 143 that year, Jacoby was pretty damned productive. He doesn't even make the 200 worst seasons in OPS+ with 32 or more homers. (Incidentally, the #1 season on that list, Tony Batista's 2004, is one of the biggest all-time fluke years.)