Friday, November 7, 2014

#317 Kyle Abbott

About the Front: This is indeed the final Topps card of then-25-year-old Kyle Abbott's career. He spent all of 1993 at AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, then a year in Japan, and back to the MLB in 1995 and 1996 for a total of 21 games (32.1 IP, 5.18 ERA) to close things out.

About the Back: That grisly 1-14 record for the 1992 Phillies includes an 0-11 start in his first 13 appearances. His offense didn't do him any favors, either, with an average run support of 3.23 runs per game. They tried to make up for it in his lone win, a 14-3 romp over the Dodgers on July 18. Naturally, it wasn't even a great outing for Abbott, who took a shutout into the sixth inning before tiring and allowing a pair of homers and three runs total to get the hook.

Triple Play:

1. Not more than two years after drafting him ninth overall, the Angels traded Kyle and Ruben Amaro Jr. to the Phillies for former All-Star outfielder Von Hayes, who played 94 games in 1992 with a .225/.305/.326 batting line (78 OPS+) before retiring.

2. His father Larry pitched in the minors from 1964 through 1970, spending all seven years in the Athletics' chain. He topped out at AA Birmingham and retired with a 40-40 record and a 3.09 ERA.

3. There have been 24 players in MLB history to go by "Kyle", and Abbott was the first. The caveat, of course, is that his birth name was Lawrence Kyle. Still, he blazed a trail for the 16 Kyles who are active major leaguers today.

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: I don't think I ever picked up on the fact that the Angels used consecutive first-round draft picks on lefthanded college pitchers named Abbott - Jim in 1988 and Kyle in 1989.

Bill James Said: "He pitched all right for Scranton in '93, and might have earned a major league callup had the Phillies not been busy winning their division." Kyle was 12-10 with a 3.95 ERA for the Red Barons.

On This Date in 1993: November 7. A joint congressional resolution, introduced back on October 21, designates the week beginning on November 7, 1993 as National Women Veterans Recognition Week. It will be signed into law by President Clinton on November 17.

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