Thursday, July 10, 2014

#248 Scott Scudder

About the Front: Hey there, Mr. Grumpy Face!

About the Back: Yes, Topps, but how well did he perform in the 1990 Postseason? Baseball Reference tells me that Scott Scudder had one scoreless relief appearance each in the NLCS and the World Series, totaling 2.1 innings in all. He struck out three and allowed two walks and one hit. How hard was that?

Triple Play:

1. Scudder had a rude introduction to the major leagues. Starting the first half of a doubleheader between the Reds and Giants on June 6, 1989, he walked the first two batters, struck out Will Clark looking, and then surrendered a three-run home run to Kevin Mitchell. He did rebound to complete six innings without any further scoring, but did not factor in the decision. Cincinnati scored single runs in the third, fifth, sixth, and ninth innings for a walkoff win, 4-3.

2. Scott pitched at AAA for most of 1993, all of 1994, and a portion of the 1995 season before calling it quits.

3. In 2010, he joined former Cleveland teammate Dennis Cook on Team Sweden's coaching staff for the 2010 European Championship.

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: You can only make one first impression, and the ridiculous expression on Scudder's face made me associate him with gooberdom.

Bill James Said: "He throws hard--who makes the majors at 21 if he doesn't throw hard?--and has a curve which scouts rave about, but batters hit."

On This Date in 1993: July 10. 32-year-old southpaw Fernando Valenzuela, whose last MLB win prior to the season had come in 1990, runs his shutout streak to 23.2 innings as the Orioles top the White Sox 6-0. He allows just two hits and four walks in eight innings while striking out three. Chicago doesn't get a runner to second base until O's reliever Mark Williamson walks Frank Thomas and Ellis Burks singles him into scoring position with one out in the ninth. Robin Ventura follows with a game-ending double play grounder.

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