Monday, September 8, 2008
#721 Pete O'Brien
Why this card is awesome: Because cruel Topps used a photo where O'Brien obviously popped up. Why did they pull crap like that?
Cool stat: I can't understand why Topps didn't give O'Brien a better card number in this set. Coming in to 1988, he had 4 consecutive years with an OPS+ over 110, and averaged over 150 games played those years. That's pretty good. He had the 41st best OPS+ over those years for players with at least 600 games played (which means he was among the 2 best players on each team.) For those same criteria, he was in the top half of all first basemen.