Sunday, August 25, 2013

#64 Scott Chiamparino

About the Front: This is the first of two Scott Chiamparino cards to appear in the 1993 Topps set. He was chosen by the Marlins as the 41st pick in November 1992's expansion draft and would appear in the teal and black in Series Two. Oh, the thrill of it all!

About the Back: I missed posting this on Scott's 47th birthday by one day. Damn and blast. (This was true when I started writing on Friday. I didn't post it until it goes.)

Triple Play:

1. The Rangers acquired Chiamparino from the Athletics along with fellow pitcher Joe Bitker in a trade for Harold Baines. A year earlier, they'd dealt away Wilson Alvarez, Scott Fletcher, and Sammy Sosa to obtain Baines. Ouch.

2. Scott started his big league career with two starts comprising twelve scoreless innings, but failed to earn a decision in either game.

3. "Champ" had his career cut short by a pair of elbow surgeries. In fact, he never pitched in the majors again after 1992. More on that when he reappears in Series Two.

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: I always thought that the Rangers' road uniforms shown above were pretty dull. If only I had known of their early 1980's duds.

Bill James Said: Nothing, since Scott missed the entire 1993 season with elbow surgery number two.

On This Date in 1993: August 25. News outlets worldwide were buzzing about the charges of molestation against pop star Michael Jackson.

1 comment:

  1. How could you have that name and NOT be nicknamed "Chimp" - I mean, come on...

    Oh, and +1 for the Vonnegut reference.