Friday, June 21, 2013
#26 Skeeter Barnes
1. His birth name is William Henry Barnes.
2. His lack of a true defensive position and his struggles in various cups of coffee in the big leagues kept Barnes in the bus leagues for more than a decade despite his minor league batting line of .296/.348/.431.
3. Skeeter has coached in the Tigers and Rays organizations, and is currently Tampa Bay's minor league coordinator for base running.
11-Year-Old Kevin Says: Skeeter is a great name. You've got to have something to distinguish yourself when you're a utility player.
Bill James Said: "He's now 37 years old, but in great shape, and one of the most reliable bench players in the American League." After going 6-for-21 (.286) in 24 games in 1994, Barnes was sent back to AAA Toledo. He retired at season's end.
On This Date in 1993: June 21. Jeromy Burnitz debuted for the Mets, replacing Bobby Bonilla in right field and in the cleanup spot in the seventh inning of an 8-3 win over the Expos. He struck out looking in his only at-bat, the first of 1,376 punchouts in a 14-year career. (He would also hit 315 home runs, which is pretty swell.)
NOTE: I will be away at the beach for the next week, so the 1993 Topps blog will be pretty quiet for the rest of the month. See you later!