Monday, February 10, 2014

#159 Doug Linton

About the Front: Well, that must be Doug Linton. The snazzy personalized script on his glove says so.

About the Back: Woof. 8.63 ERA? That was the worst number for any member of the 1992 World Champs who pitched at least two innings.

Triple Play:

1. His first big league win came on August 13, 1992, when the righty held the Orioles to two runs on three hits and a walk in eight innings.

2. Linton has one of the more bizarre career paths, debuting in the majors at age 27 and not pitching particularly well in parts of five seasons. He missed all of 1997 with an injury, spent 1998 in the minors, and resurfaced with the Orioles in 1999...not pitching particularly well. He was in the minors and in Korea during the 2000-2002 seasons, and returned to Toronto for a brief stint in 2003, his last MLB experience at age 38.

3. Doug has served as pitching coach for the Tri-City Dust Devils, the Asheville Tourists, and the Colorado Springs Sky Sox. In 2012, he was named the Rockies' minor league pitching coordinator.

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: Doug Linton was another one of those elusive Series One cards for me. No matter how many packs I opened or trades I made, it took me years to get around to wrangling ol' Doug. The nerve of a journeyman pitcher holding out on me like that!

Bill James Said: "Grade D prospect; could catch on somewhere."

On This Date in 1993: February 10. Lien Chan is named by Lee Teng-Hui to follow Hau Pei-tsun as Premier of the Republic of China.

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