Sunday, December 15, 2013

#125 Pete O'Brien

About the Front: Pete O'Brien looks like he hasn't bought a new pair of glasses since 1977.

About the Back: The Mariners paid $7.5 million for four years of O'Brien, and were "rewarded" with a batting line of .237/.304/.371. That they signed him to that deal with Tino Martinez waiting in the wings tells you everything you need to know about why Seattle was so lousy for so long.

Triple Play:

1. Hit his first career home run off of future Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry on September 10, 1982.

2. O'Brien had a reputation as a smooth-fielding first baseman with the Rangers.

3. Pete and his wife Donna live in Coleyville, Texas and own and operate AtPeace Floatation and Massage.

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: I never saw Pete O'Brien play a single game, as the Mariners released him on July 21, 1993, just as my baseball love was reaching its fever pitch. I'm sure one of you readers would tell me if I'd missed out on anything great.

Bill James Said: "He was released by the Mariners in July, having struggled through three-and-a-half years of a four-year contract, signed by a GM who must have been taking happy pills."

On This Date in 1993: December 13. Canadian Prime Minister Kim Campbell resigns as the head of the country's Conservative Party. Quebecois politician Jean Charest will step in as the party's new leader.


  1. I had no idea that Pete O'Brien hit his first homer in that game. I did know that Tom Henke made his major league debut for the Rangers in it, because that's the day I was born and I spend way too much time on Baseball-Reference.

  2. Pete O'Brien was a Donruss Diamond Kind once, so you know, he has that going for him, which is nice.

  3. TTG - You and me both. The play index subscription is a worthwhile expenditure.

    Max - He still goes to their quarterly reunion meetings, where he can rub elbows with Kurt Stillwell and Shane Rawley.