Wednesday, December 18, 2013

#128 Kal Daniels

About the Front: It's probably a trick of perspective, but the number on the front of Kal Daniels' jersey looks almost as big as the number on the back.

About the Back: It's been awhile since I've seen Game-Winning RBI (GW-RBI) cited as a stat. Back in the late 1980s, Topps put it on the back of every card.

Triple Play:

1. Knee injuries brought an end to Kal's career before the age of 30, as he had undergone six surgeries by the end of 1989.

2. Daniels led the National League with a .397 on-base percentage in 1988, and had a career batting line of .285/.382/.479.

3. In 1989, Kal and notoriously tight-fisted Cincinnati owner Marge Schott settled a salary dispute with a coin flip. Daniels won himself an extra $10,000 to $25,000, based on varying reports. Marge called heads, but it came up tails.

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: I remember seeing Kal's birth name (Kalvoski Daniels) on the back of one of his Donruss cards. It sounded exotic, and maybe Russian.

Bill James Said: Not a thing, since Daniels didn't play in 1993.

On This Date in 1993: December 18. Top Yankee prospect Brien Taylor, the #1 overall pick in the 1991 amateur draft, hurts his shoulder in a brawl near his North Carolina home. He will have surgery and miss the entire season following.