Thursday, June 4, 2009

Pack Twenty-Two

Pack 22 +15
528 Fernando Valenzuela
280 Alfredo Griffin
190 Andy McGaffigan
269 Angel Salazar
650 Major League Prospects (Jack Savage, Todd Simmons)
477 Geno Petralli
141 Dave Magadan
487 DeWayne Buice
314 Juan Samuel
632 Pitching Magic (Mike Scott, Orel Hershiser)
40 Joe Magrane
208 Bill Gullickson
341 Andy Van Slyke
9 George Frazier
246 Dennis Rasmussen

Pack Ripping Music: Stone Temple Pilots: Purple (1994)

I love this record. It still sounds great after fifteen years.

50% completion with this pack. Still no doubles from the box.

I guess we'll start here.

Mike Scott, the starting pitcher at the '87 All Star Game, was coming off a 1986 season where he went 18-10 with a 2.22 ERA. He struck out 306 in 275.1 innings and recorded a 0.923 WHIP. His performance that year won him the Cy Young and a 10th place vote for the MVP.

In the All Star Game he pitched two innings, allowing one hit and struck out one.

Hershiser came in to pitch in the bottom of the fifth, gave up one hit, walked one but didn't allow a run.

A card with Orel Hershiser gives me one more opportunity to show these off:

Moving right along...

Here's a great shot of Juan Samuel chashing down a pop fly. But look at his glasses. They look like welder's goggles. I kinda want a pair.

And two guys I've never heard of.

Jack Savage made his Major League debut on September 14, 1987 and pitched reasonably well for the Dodgers in three games. He gave up four hits and one run in just over three innings of work.

After the 1987 season he was involved in a large trade:

December 11, 1987: Traded as part of a 3-team trade by the Los Angeles Dodgers to the New York Mets. The Los Angeles Dodgers sent Bob Welch and Matt Young to the Oakland Athletics. The Oakland Athletics sent Alfredo Griffin and Jay Howell to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Oakland Athletics sent Kevin Tapani and Wally Whitehurst to the New York Mets. The New York Mets sent Jesse Orosco to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

He spent 1988 at the Triple-A level in the Mets system and was then involved in another large trade:

October 16, 1989: Sent by the New York Mets to the Minnesota Twins to complete an earlier deal made on July 31, 1989. The New York Mets sent a player to be named later, Rick Aguilera, Tim Drummond, Kevin Tapani and David West to the Minnesota Twins for a player to be named later and Frank Viola. The New York Mets sent Jack Savage (October 16, 1989) to the Minnesota Twins to complete the trade.

His 1990 season with the Twins wasn't particularly good. In 17 games he struckout 12 and walked 11 and allowed 26 runs (24 earned) in 26 innings. He pitched at the Double- and Triple-A level in 1991 and that was it for his career.

Todd Simmons pitched in the White Sox, Padres, Brewers and Rangers systems between 1984 and 1989 but never made it to the Major League level.

Welp, looks like the Braves won't be playing tonight... we'll have to wait one more night to see Nate McLouth's Braves debut.