Thursday, July 31, 2008

#566 Charlie O'Brien



Why this card is awesome: Because of the super-classic catcher pose. Look how small his chest protector is! Today, catchers wear something almost twice as large. Also, he's playing on the same minor-league field as Ken Williams.

Cool stat: Charlie O'Brien was THE worst hitting catcher of the late 80s and early 90s. In fact, of the 59 catchers to get at least 600 at bats total from 1987 to 1992, he had the lowest BA. But he must have been a good catcher because he stuck around for 15 years and won a World Series with Atlanta in 1995, doing what Greg Olson, Damon Berryhill, Javier Lopez, Eddie Perez, Johnny Estrada, and Brian McCann weren't able to do.

4 comments:

MMayes said...

In the early part of the 2000's we had one of those independent league teams in town. Charlie's younger brother played on one of the teams in the league and I sat closely enough to see that he used some of Charlie's old bats. Even though you could say that Charlie's bats hadn't seen a lot of work, they didn't do little brother any good, either.

Andy said...

I would've thought those bats still had a lot of hits left in them...

craverlicious2k3 said...

Javy Jopez was the starting catcher for that '95 Braves team.

Andy said...

True, but O'Brien played a lot more than a usual backup and got a lot of the credit for the success of the team.