Tuesday, July 22, 2014

#256 Wil Cordero

About the Front: This is a pretty solid action photo, with Wil Cordero preparing to play a tough hop on a grounder in Wrigley Field. I just wish that the ball itself was in the frame.

About the Back: The portrait on the back, however, resembles a mugshot. Cordero has some experience with those.

Triple Play:

1. His lone All-Star season was 1994, when the shortstop batted .294/.363/.489 with 30 doubles, 15 home runs, and 63 RBI. He also earned a Silver Slugger Award.

2. On May 10, 2000, Wil went 5-for-5 with three runs scored, a home run, a double, and four RBI in a 13-9 Pirates win over the Mets.

3. Cordero excelled in a limited role with the Indians in 1999, batting .299/.364/.500 in 54 games and collecting five hits and a walk in 10 trips to the plate in Cleveland's Division Series loss to Boston.

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: I always thought that the loose way that Wil's jersey hung off his torso on this card made it look like he had a pot belly.

Bill James Said: "Explain this: Cordero struck out less than half as often as we had expected based on his minor league record, but still hit for more power but with a lower batting average."

On This Date in 1993: July 22. Levees near Kaskaskia, Illinois rupture, flooding the town under nine feet of water and forcing everyone to evacuate on barges supplied by the Army Corps of Engineers. Of course, the population was nine as of the 2000 Census (and jumped to 14 by 2010), so I guess it could have been worse.

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