Tuesday, August 12, 2014

#259 Craig Grebeck

About the Front: This has been a favorite 1993 Topps card of mine for a long time, due to the somewhat unique image of Chris Hoiles setting a target for the unseen Oriole pitcher as Craig Grebeck stands in the box.

About the Back: Lookit those 15 homers for Craig in his first minor league season! Who knew he had that kind of pop at any pro level?

Triple Play:

1. His brother Brian was a 19th-round draft pick of the Angels in 1990 out of San Diego State University. He played pro ball for 12 seasons, but never reached the major leagues.

2. Grebeck, nicknamed "The Little Hurt" by Hawk Harrelson, hit only 19 career homers in a dozen seasons in the bigs. However, he touched up Kenny Rogers three times, took David Wells deep twice, and hit his first career home run off of Nolan Ryan on August 10, 1990.

3. After retiring, Craig became a coach in the Angels' organization.

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: Standing at 5'7", Grebeck was shorter than I was at that time. It was something of an ego boost for a gawky, unathletic middle schooler such as myself.

Bill James Said: "One of my favorite players, a tiny little guy who takes advantage of his size by forcing the pitchers to pitch to him, and is also strong enough to drive the ball."

On This Date in 1993: August 12. The Indians outlast the Brewers in an 8-6 rollercoaster of a game, thanks to Carlos Baerga's three-run homer off of Jesse Orosco in the 11th inning.

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