Thursday, December 5, 2013

#121 Todd Worrell

About the Front: It looks like Todd Worrell was on a one-man crusade to keep the mullet alive as a hairstyle.

About the Back: Lee Smith busted past Worrell's newly-realized team record the very next year, saving 43 games with the Cardinals to bring his own total to 160. Jason Isringhausen left them both in the dust eventually, finishing with 217 saves in St. Louis.

Triple Play:

1. Todd was the near-unanimous winner of the 1986 National League Rookie of the Year award, with Kevin Mitchell receiving a lone first-place vote to act as spoiler.

2. Worrell had a late-career renaissance with the Dodgers, making a pair of All-Star teams in 1995 and 1996 and saving a league-high 44 games in the latter season.

3. His younger brother Tim spent 14 years as a reliever for the Padres, Giants, and seven other teams. He debuted with San Diego in 1993.

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: Again, I get the sense that I never looked at the backs of these cards as intently as I'd always assumed. It's rare to see a player miss two straight years in total due to injuries, and that should have left a greater impression on me.

Bill James Said: "."

On This Date in 1993: December 5. Rafael Caldera Rodriguez is elected President of Venezuela for a second time, unseating interim leader Ramon Jose Velazquez. He had previously governed the country from 1969 to 1974.

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