Saturday, October 4, 2008

#53T Glenn Hubbard

This is a very nice card. Who knows what the sign in the background behind Old Mother Hubbard says?

IMPACT FACTOR 2/10: Hubbard signed with the A's as a free agent but couldn't hold down the second base job, eventually yielding to Tony Phillips.

#52T Jay Howell

Here's another card showing some scoreboard, like Matt Young's card.

IMPACT FACTOR 5/10: Howell, acquired in the same trade that saw Matt Young, Alfredo Griffin, Bob Welch, Kevin Tapani, and Wally Whitehurst switch teams, was a very effective reliever for the Dodgers for five seasons before leaving as a free agent. He was not very helpful in the 1988 postseason, though, pitching only 3.1 innings and giving up 3 earned runs.

Friday, October 3, 2008

#51T Ricky Horton

IMPACT FACTOR 2/10: Horton came to the White Sox in that same Lance Johnson trade, a pretty good deal for Chicago. He pitched one fairly bad season for them before being traded to the Dodgers for Shawn Hillegas. Hillegas was at best decent for the ChiSox over parts of three seasons, and was then packaged in a trade that brought Cory Snyder. Snyder was abysmal for the White Sox before being traded for 2 guys who did almost nothing for the White Sox.

#50T Bob Horner

IMPACT FACTOR 2/10: Horner signed with the Cardinals after a year in Japan and was having a marginal season before an injury ended his year and career early.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

#49T Tom Herr

What a terrible airbrush job! Holy smokes!

IMPACT FACTOR 1/10: Herr came to the Twins in exchange for Tom Brunansky, and after half a mediocre season was packaged with a couple of guys and sent to the Phillies for Shane Rawley. Rawley was fairly bad for the Twins in one season, his last in the big leagues.

#48T Dave Henderson

IMPACT FACTOR 6/10: Henderson signed with Oakland as a free agent and was their starting centerfielder for 4 years, including the 3 World Series years of 1988-1990. He had some big hits in the postseason.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

#47T Ray Hayward

IMPACT FACTOR 1/10: Hayward started 12 games for the Rangers in 1988, pitching fairly below average, and then never saw any further major league action.

#46T Ron Hassey

IMPACT FACTOR 5/10: Hassey caught lightning in a bottle by signing as a free agent with Oakland before the 1988 season and staying with them through 1990, making it to 3 straight World Series with them. He backed up Terry Steinbach each season.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

#45T Bryan Harvery

IMPACT FACTOR 5/10: Harvey was one of the better closers in the game in the late 80s and early 90s, and had two truly outstanding seasons in 1991 (with the Angels) and 1993 (with the Marlins.)

Monday, September 29, 2008

88 Fleer

See my post on A Pack A day here about a 1988 Fleer pack I ripped.

#44T Ty Griffin

IMPACT FACTOR 0/10: Griffin never made it to the big leagues, though he played in the minors as recently as 1995. He had a #1 draft pick card in the 1989 Topps set, too.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

#43T Alfredo Griffin

IMPACT FACTOR 2/10: Griffin, a bad offensive player, had some of his worst offensive seasons among his 4 years with the Dodgers. They gave up Bob Welch and Matt Young to get Griffin and Orosco, who himself was terrible in the 1988 post-season. At least he's in the necklace club.