Wednesday, February 12, 2014

#161 Chad McConnell

About the Front: As you can see, Chad McConnell's Creighton University Bluejays (yep, all one word) have borrowed the "Wishbone C" logo that is most closely associated with the Cincinnati Reds. The Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs have also had this eblem on their caps in past years.

About the Back: Chad was the 13th overall selection in the 1992 draft, and it was a rough class for the Phillies. Five of their 50 picks made it to the majors, and that total includes Casey Blake, who did not sign out of high school. Excluding Blake, the rest of Philly's '92 draftees combined for a whopping 2.9 bWAR.

Triple Play:

1. He competed for Team USA at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, patrolling right field for the fourth-place finishers.

2. McConnell never made it to the big leagues, topping out at AA Reading and bowing out of pro ball after the 1996 season. In four minor league campaigns, he batted a cumulative .254/.346/.399 with 39 homers and 199 RBI in 417 games.

3. His signing bonus was a reported $500,000. Hopefully he invested it wisely.

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: These draft pick cards drove me nuts. I never liked having to flip a card over to figure out which team drafted the guy.

Bill James Said: Zilch. Chad was too new.

On This Date in 1993: February 12. The beloved romantic comedy Groundhog Day, starring Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell, debuts in theatres. "I'll give you a winter prediction: It's gonna be cold, it's gonna be grey, and it's gonna last you for the rest of your life."

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