Sunday, August 17, 2008
#619 Mike Dunne
Why this card is awesome: Because here's the last All-Star Rookie card in the set, and it's a stinker. In fact, this is the second player from the Pirates to be elected to the team in this set, and they are both stinkers. (See also: Al Pedrique.)
(I just re-read that, and this can't be the last All-Star Rookie because we haven't seen Matt Nokes yet.)
Cool stat: Still, it's tough to blame Topps for this selection. Check out this list of pitchers who, in their first season, qualified for the ERA title (minimum 162 IP) and had an ERA+ of 135 or better. Only 10 guys have done it since 1944 and those 10 include Brandon Webb, Dwight Gooden, Dennis Ecklersley, and Herb Score. Nice. Too bad it was Dunne's only good year.