Tuesday, July 8, 2014

#246 Gregg Olson

About the Front: Here's the Otter, Gregg Olson, with a patchy beard. In 1993, he switched to a wondrously awful horseshoe mustache.

About the Back: "Nintendo games". Doesn't that sound quaint? I wonder if Gregg had a Super NES in 1992. He certainly could have afforded it.

Triple Play:

1. Gregg was the 1989 AL Rookie of the Year, as he posted a career-best 9.5 K/9 and allowed a single home run in 85 innings pitched.

2. Even though a torn elbow ligament cut his Orioles career short, Olson is still the team's all-time leader with 160 saves.

3. His only big league hit was a two-run home run off of Florida's Oscar Henriquez on April 20, 1998.

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: A friend of mine talked me into trading him my 1989 Topps Gregg Olson rookie card, featuring the curveball specialist in his Auburn Tigers duds. I don't even remember which card I got in return, but I remember being upset about it later. Of course now I've got more worthless '89 Topps than I could ever want.

Bill James Said: "He allowed 48% of his inherited runners to score (15 of 31), the worst percentage in the American League, thus he was charged with only nine runs allowed, but 23 RBI."

On This Date in 1993: July 8. Allen Watson, the Cardinals' 1991 first-round draft pick, wins his big league debut with six innings of one-run ball as St. Louis tops Atlanta 7-1. The young lefty will have a mediocre career, posting a 51-55 record and a 5.03 ERA in parts of eight seasons with six different clubs.

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