Tuesday, July 30, 2013

#46 Eric Fox

About the Front: Wasn't I just talking about how "blah" these position player throwing shots are? What else is there to say? Hm. I do love the classic white shoes, green stirrups, yellow sanitary socks look. That's been a distinctly A's sort of thing since the 1960s.

About the Back: You don't see a lot of 28-year-old rookies that go on to have notable careers. Eric Fox's .238/.299/.364 slash line in his 1992 debut qualified as his major league peak; in parts of three seasons afterwards with the Athletics and Rangers, he totaled 65 games and collected 17 hits in 115 at-bats for a .148/.203/.429 mark.

Triple Play:

1. Eric hit only five home runs in the majors. Of those, one was a game-winning three-run shot off of Rick Aguilera that propelled Oakland into a first-place tie with the Twins. Another was an Opening Day grand slam that broke open a one-run game in the eighth inning. His final MLB home run was a solo dinger off of none other than Randy Johnson.

2. Though Fox was finished as a big leaguer in 1995, he played in the minors through 1997, when he hit .285 in 87 games with the Phillies' AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons.

3. Eric has been a minor league coach and manager for the past 15 years. He's currently a coach for the Nationals' AA Harrisburg Senators.

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: The shorter player names always looked a bit odd with the larger, stretched-out font size that Topps used in this set.

Bill James Said: "He's not going to be a regular, but he might something something"

On This Date in 1993: July 30. A couple of guilty-pleasure comedy favorites hit the theatres: Mel Brooks' Robin Hood: Men in Tights and Mike Myers' So I Married an Axe Murderer. "HEAD! PANTS! NOW!"


  1. "It's like an orange on a toothpick!"

  2. Max, this seems like a good time to mention that a friend of my bride-to-be will be playing the bagpipes at our wedding. I wonder if he knows "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?".