Thursday, November 21, 2013

#112 Brian Barnes

About the Front: The back of Brian Barnes' jersey looks like it says "Barves". He was 20 years ahead of the trend!

About the Back: My eye is drawn to Brian's stats at AA Jacksonville in 1990. 213 strikeouts in 201.1 innings is no small feat at any level. Moreover, the days of a pitching prospect throwing 200 minor league innings in a year are well behind us.

Triple Play:

1. Fresh off his great year with Jacksonville, Barnes made four starts with the Expos in September of 1990. He earned his first big league win in his season finale, tossing a complete-game three-hitter against the Phillies on September 29.

2. Brian played college ball at Clemson University, just as Jimmy Key, John Curtis, Kris Benson, and Billy Koch did. That's the beginnings of a decent pitching staff.

3. Barnes threw his last big league pitch at age 27 in 1994, but continued pitching in the minors through 2000. He logged time in Albuquerque, Charlotte, Pawtucket, Jacksonville, Toledo, Memphis, Greenville, and Calgary.

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: Did young Brian Barnes ever get teased because of the alliteration in his name? I wonder only because my parents considered naming me Brian, until my father decided that he didn't like the double-"B" sound.

Bill James Said: "A starter in the minors, he has been hit hard in the majors after passing the 60-pitch mark." Montreal used him mostly in relief in 1993 (44 of his 52 appearances), but he was only so-so in a role that you'd expect to limit his pitch counts (4.45 ERA in 60.2 IP).

On This Date in 1993: November 21. Hot stove! The Giants sign free agent pitcher Mark Portugal to a three-year contract. He will go 15-13 with a 4.03 ERA in one and a half seasons in San Francisco before being dealt to the Reds in an eight-player trade in July of 1995.


  1. Clark Kent, Peter Parker, and I are all strongly pro alliteration.