Tuesday, September 9, 2008
#731 Rick Schu
Why this card is awesome: Because, loyal readers, as we are getting very close to the end of this set, you should now be able to figure out on your own why THIS card is awesome. Who can be the first to realize why? There's a very good reason why it is awesome.
Schu was involved in a very interesting trade:
March 21, 1988: Traded by the Philadelphia Phillies with Keith Hughes and Jeff Stone to the Baltimore Orioles for a player to be named later and Mike Young. The Baltimore Orioles sent Frank Bellino (minors) (June 14, 1988) to the Philadelphia Phillies to complete the trade.
All four of the big-leaguers involved were often viewed as flame-outs. Schu was supposed to take over 3B from Mike Schmidt when he moved across the diamond, but it never worked out. (And the Phillies didn't have another great 3B until Scott Rolen--sorry Charlie Hayes.) Keith Hughes was, for some odd reason, always considered a prospect but did practically nothing in MLB. Jeff Stone we've talked about already. And Mike Young had that one really good year that he never came close to repeating.
Cool stat: Why all the complaining about Rick Schu? He was totally reliable. Between 1985 and 1990, you could always count on him for 7 or 8 homers.
Hall of Fame count: 45