Monday, October 21, 2013

#91 Craig Colbert

About the Front: Look ye upon the only Topps card of Craig Colbert's brief big league career. He played 49 games as a rookie in 1992 (in his seventh pro season), another 23 in 1993, and that was that.

About the Back: Craig was the only 20th-round draftee from 1986 to make it to the majors. That makes him something of a success story, really.

Triple Play:

1. Colbert actually played third base in his first career start on April 18, 1992. In that game he singled twice in four at-bats, drove in a run, and scored a run. He appeared in ten games at the hot corner and four games at second base in his tenure with the Giants.

2. He was a manager in the Padres' farm system from 2000-2006, including first-place finishes in 2001 with the Lake Elsinore Storm and in 2004 with the Portland Beavers. He was also San Diego's bench coach in 2007 and 2008.

3. At last check, Craig is a Phillies' scout.

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: I am 99.9% certain that I never saw him play, but I'm reasonably sure that his name is pronounced phonetically, and not with the silent "T" that has been popularized by late-night satirical pundit Stephen Colbert.

Bill James Said: "A 29-year-old backup catcher, the Giants like to run their second-string catchers back and forth to Phoenix so that they get some playing time, which enables two or three players to share what is essentially one job." The following catchers took turns behind starter Kirt Manwaring in 1993: Jeff Reed (66 total games), Colbert (23), Andy Allanson (13), and Jim McNamara (4).

On This Date in 1993: October 21. The day after a wild 15-14 Toronto win that included 32 total hits and 14 walks, a pitchers' duel breaks out in Game Five of the World Series. Curt Schilling shuts out the Blue Jays on five hits in a 2-0 win. Juan Guzman allows one earned run in seven innings in a losing cause. The Series will return to SkyDome with the Jays still ahead of the Phillies, three games to two.

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