Wednesday, May 28, 2014

#223 Roger Pavlik

About the Front: I'm betting that's a tin of chewing tobacco in Roger Pavlik's back pocket. Yuck.
About the Back: I'm really enjoying finding familiar names on these card backs. Wayne Krivsky was the Reds' GM from 2006 to 2008, and later worked for the Orioles. He's currently a big league scout and special assistant to the GM for the Twins.

Triple Play:

1. Roger was known for his unorthodox delivery; his left (plant) foot landed facing third base instead of home plate.

2. On May 4, 1996, he gave up only one hit in a complete-game, 3-1 victory over the Tigers - a fifth-inning home run by Mark Lewis. This feat came one day after teammate Ken Hill threw a one-hitter of his own.

3. Pavlik was chosen for the All-Star Game in 1996 despite a lofty 4.82 ERA at the break; American League skipper Mike Hargrove was clearly swayed by his 11-2 record. The righty finished the season 15-8 with a 5.19 ERA. He won only four games over the next two seasons before a bum shoulder finished his career.

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: I don't think I've ever met anyone named Roger.

Bill James Said: "He pitched 88 innings after August 1 with a 6-1 record and a 2.45 ERA." That was part of Pavlik's surprising 12-6, 3.41 stat line in 1993.

On This Date in 1993: May 28. Eritrea and Monaco gain entry into the United Nations. Congratulations, guys!


  1. And according to the 1986 Sporting News Guide, Krivsky was assistant GM of the Rangers at the time, not a scout.

  2. Jeff - It's becoming apparent that Topps had some lax fact-checkers working on this set.