Tuesday, November 18, 2014

#323 Mike Greenwell

About the Front: That's some unusual wristband placement for Mike Greenwell. Do you think his forearms were cold?

About the Back: The use of all-caps for "TOPPS" seems like a bit much. As you can see, injuries abbreviated Greenwell's 1992 season, making it by far the worst of his career.

Triple Play:

1. His first big league hit was a game-winning two-run homer off of Toronto's John Cerutti in the top of the 13th inning on September 25, 1985.

2. Mike set a record on September 2, 1996, driving in all nine of Boston's runs in a 9-8 win over Seattle. He went 4-for-5 with a double, a two-run homer, and a grand slam, wrapping things up with a tiebreaking single in the top of the tenth.

3. Greenwell has had a colorful life outside of baseball. He owns an amusement park in Cape Coral, FL, and a fruit and vegetable farm in Alva, FL. He also got into stock car racing, but gave it up in 2010.

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: I tended to lose track of players once they headed to Japan. In Mike's case, he signed a lucrative contract with the Hanshin Tigers in 1997, but played only seven games before breaking his foot on a foul tip and retiring.

Bill James Said: "Like his boyhood hero, George Brett, he often starts slowly, and drives his batting average upward."

On This Date in 1993: November 18. Puerto Rico residents vote by a narrow margin to maintain Commonwealth status, rejecting statehood.


  1. Mike Greenwell has said numerous times (and perhaps rightly so) that Jose Canseco owes him the 1988 AL MVP since Canseco admits he used steroids during the year. Maybe Mike can trade a new finger for it?

  2. The latest is that Canseco got one over on us. The finger was shot off, but it was successfully reattached. Who can keep up with that guy?