Thursday, May 8, 2014

#211 Doug Dascenzo

About the Front: It's an always-exciting bunting photo! At least Doug Dascenzo looks like he's got good form.

About the Back: As we saw 35 cards ago, Darren Lewis broke the record mentioned on the back of this card. Sorry, Doug.

Triple Play:

1. In 1990 and 1991, the Cubs used Dascenzo four times as a pitcher; he totaled five scoreless innings with three hits, two walks, and two strikeouts.

2. On July 23, 1991, Doug laid down a squeeze bunt against doofus Reds' reliever Rob Dibble. Dibble deliberately chucked the ball at the outfielder as he ran down the baseline and was fined.

3. He spent many years coaching and managing in the San Diego organization, and is currently the Braves' third base coach.

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: I always liked the alliteration in Doug Dascenzo's name. It kind of rolls off the tongue.

Bill James Said: "Doesn't hit enough to play left/right field or be of much use as a pinch hitter, but can pinch run and play the outfield, which will keep him in the league if he can hit .250." He hit .199 with Texas in 1993, played 21 games with the Padres in 1996 (largely as a pinch runner and defensive replacement), and that was that.

On This Date in 1993: May 8. The Rockies experience some growing pains, blowing a 6-0 eighth-inning lead in an 8-7 loss to the Braves. The big blow is Sid Bream's pinch-hit, opposite-field grand slam to tie it, but the double-play combo of Vinny Castilla and Eric Young set the stage by combining for three errors in the span of two plays.

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