Tuesday, October 15, 2013

#87 Kevin Reimer

About the Front: I wonder if Kevin Reimer's classy wraparound shades are taking up quite enough real estate on his face. I also wonder if it's possible for a 230-pound man to creep out to a modest lead on his tiptoes.

About the Back: O, Canada! Reimer actually had dual citizenship. His parents were Canadian, but he was born in the States while his father Gerry was patrolling the outfield of Cincinnati's AA Macon Peaches club.

Triple Play:

1. In 1991, Kevin came on like gangbusters in the second half, hitting 16 of his 20 home runs after the break and slugging .535 (.407 SLG pre-break).

2. Reimer was chosen by the Rockies with the ninth pick in the Expansion Draft, but they subsequently traded him to Milwaukee for Dante Bichette. You could say that Colorado won the hell out of that trade, but who's to say that Kevin wouldn't have put up big numbers in Denver?

3. He spent the final two years of his playing career (1994-1995) in Japan with the Fukuoka Daiei Hawks. He batted .298/.368/.543 with 26 home runs and 97 RBI in his first season abroad before slumping badly in 1995.

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: Hey, add to our Kevin tally. I guess I'd better get a definitive count. There are 18 total Kevins in the 1993 Topps set, and Reimer is the third we've encountered.

Bill James Said: "It would be the understatement of the day to say that Reimer is not Phil Garner's type of player, but he is capable of better seasons."

On This Date in 1993: October 15. "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)" by Meat Loaf gets heavy play on the airwaves. I've still never figured out what "that" is, but hindsight tells me that it was probably "age gracefully".

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