Monday, September 9, 2013

#74 Steve Buechele

About the Front: Steve Buechele shows us the proper technique for catching a pop-up. Though I have to wonder why he didn't flip his shades down first.

About the Back: Topps takes great care to avoid mentioning that Steve's first home run as a Cub was his only home run in 65 games with the team in 1992. Quite a significant power outage by his own standards.

Triple Play:

1. Steve was routinely ranked among the top defensive third basemen in the league.

2. Buechele appeared in the postseason once, with the 1991 Pirates. In their seven-game NLCS loss to the Braves, he hit .304 (7-for-23) with four walks.

3. He has managed in the Rangers' organization since 2009, and has piloted their AA Frisco club since 2010.

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: Middle-schooler Kevin loved the Simpsons almost as much as adult Kevin, so he'd appreciate this: "I was saying Boo-chele."

Bill James Said: "He's 32; a player of this type often hits the wall in his early thirties." Wouldn't ya know it, Buechele batted .177/.262/.215 in 1995 and was released by both the Cubs and the Rangers, ending his career.

On This Date in 1993: September 9. Jim Edmonds makes his major league debut, starting in left field and batting seventh for the Angels in a 6-0 win at Detroit. He goes 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts, but he'll go on to collect 1,949 hits and 393 home runs in a 17-year career.

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