Monday, March 10, 2014

#172 Jeff Reboulet

About the Front: Just look at those Metrodome lights glinting off of Jeff Reboulet's batting helmet. Ah, the pastoral beauty of domed stadia.

About the Back: Reboulet struck out in his debut pinch-hit appearance. If Topps had been feeling more charitable, they could have highlighted his first multi-hit game a few weeks later.

Triple Play:

1. His career-best season was 1995, when he came to the plate 246 times in 87 games and batted .292/.373/.398 while playing every infield position as well as the outfield corners for the Twins.

2. Reboulet faced Randy Johnson 66 times in his career, by far his most plate appearances against any pitcher. The righty-batting utility player did pretty well against the Big Unit, batting .273/.375/.436 with two of his 20 career home runs. This led Orioles manager Davey Johnson to start him at second base over Roberto Alomar in Game Four of the 1997 ALDS. Jeff paid off his skipper's gambit with a first-inning homer off of the future Hall of Famer, setting the tone for a 3-1 Series-clinching win by the O's.

3. Jeff co-founded Horizon Wealth Management in Baton Rouge, LA, where he currently works as a financial advisor.

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: I once gave my younger sister a small stack of 1993 Topps doubles to use at her own discretion. She pasted them onto a portfolio folder in a collage arrangement that I rather liked. Reboulet's card was prominently featured.

Bill James Said: "Reboulet can play shortstop with anybody in the league, plus he works the pitcher like Rickey Henderson, so if he would hit .258 every year, he'd be some player."

On This Date in 1993: March 10. Italian-Canadian pro wrestler Adolfo Bresciano, better known as Dino Bravo, is found shot dead in his home in Quebec. He was 44 at the time of his death. There were seven bullet wounds in his head and another ten in his torso. It is believed that he had been smuggling cigarettes, thereby running afoul of the mafia, but his murder has never officially been solved.


  1. A lot going on in this post, let's tackle them one at a time:

    When I was a kid on my college baseball team (DIII BTW) we all used to wax poetic about how with a few breaks, we could be major leaguers. I used to say something to the effect of "I don't need to be Cal Ripken (or some other superstar) I just want to be Jeff Reboulet (or some other scrub)" I used to use Reboulet a lot because he has a good melodic name.

    And with all the weird wrestling deaths over the years, how have I never heard of how Dino Bravo died? Maybe I have in the past and just blocked it out. What a nasty way to go.

  2. Max - Yeah, Jeff Reboulet has a better ring to it than Mark Lewis. As far as Dino Bravo, I guess you just don't cross the Canadian mob. (Who knew there was organized crime in Quebec?)