Friday, March 21, 2014

#181 John Jaha

About the Front: I'm going to take a half-assed guess that John Jaha's name has the fewest unique letters of any player in this set, with a total of just five (J, O, H, N, A).

About the Back: There's no mistaking Tiger Stadium as the backdrop for this Jaha portrait.

Triple Play:

1. On September 12, 1992, he tied a Brewers team record with four stolen bases in one game against the Orioles. He victimized pitchers Craig Lefferts and Mark Williamson and catcher Chris Hoiles, showing uncommon speed for a slugging first baseman.

2. In his career-best 1999 season, he made his lone All-Star team and was the American League Comeback Player of the Year for Oakland. After a pair of injury-hampered seasons in Milwaukee, he rebounded to play 142 games and hit .276/.414/.556 (152 OPS+) with a personal-best 35 home runs as well as 111 RBI.

3. Jaha is of Lebanese descent. If you believe his unsourced Wikipedia page, he is also developing a line of coffee called "Jaha's Java".

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: I should really go through this set and choose an All-Funny Name Team. John Jaha has the inside track.

Bill James Said: "He ended the season hot, hitting 14 homers and driving in 39 runs after August 1."

On This Date in 1993: March 21. More hot and heavy baseball transactions! The Rockies trade pitcher Denis Boucher to the Padres for infielder Jay Gainer. We'll meet both of these players several hundred cards down the line.

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