Tuesday, November 18, 2014
#323 Mike Greenwell
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.
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.