Roberto Alomar's card. Judging from the long sleeves, I'd say it's probably Ricky's relief appearance on April 26, 1992, when he gave up three unearned runs in garbage time in a 9-4 Milwaukee victory. There were two errors (including one by Bones himself), a passed ball, a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch, and two singles. Bruce Ruffin had to clean up the mess. What fun!
1. Bones came up through the Padres' organization and was part of the blockbuster that sent perpetually-disgruntled slugger Gary Sheffield from Milwaukee to San Diego.
2. He was the lowly Brewers' lone All-Star in 1994, by dint of a 7-7 record and a 3.34 ERA at the break. When the season prematurely ended in August, he was 10-9 with a 3.43 ERA.
3. Ricky began coaching in the Mets' farm system in 2006. Last year, he was named bullpen coach for the big league team.
11-Year-Old Kevin Says: When I first saw this card, I thought his name was pronounced as it's spelled. "Ricky BO-ness" still has a musical quality to it, but he doesn't make the cut for the next Tim Burton movie.
Bill James Said: "He's not a major league pitcher, let alone a rotation starter, and it's a matter of time until the Brewers figure this out." Milwaukee didn't cut bait with Ricky until late in the 1996 season. He made 137 starts for the Brew Crew with a 4.64 ERA and a 47-56 record.
On This Date in 1993: September 4. Yankees' lefthander Jim Abbott no-hits the Indians, winning 4-0. The rare feat is even more remarkable because Abbott was born without a right hand.