Tuesday, November 25, 2014

#328 Scott Ruskin

About the Front: Scott Ruskin's eyes are cloaked in shadow from the bill of his cap. Very mysterious.

About the Back: Look at how closely most of Scott's stats align from 1991 to 1992: 4-4 followed by 4-3, 46 and 43 strikeouts, and in both seasons he allowed 31 total runs, 30 of which were earned. Of course, he pitched 10 fewer innings in 1992 than he had in the previous year. Whoops.

Triple Play:

1. Ruskin was drafted as a first baseman/outfielder and batted .297/.363/.483 in 144 games at Class A ball, but switched to pitching after hitting only .223/.278/.317 in 90 games at AA Harrisburg in 1988.

2. He doubled off of Dodgers reliever Ray Searage on July 22, 1990 for his first major league hit, then scored on a Jay Bell single.

3. Scott finally completed his bachelor's degree in computer and information science from the University of Florida in 2003.

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: Ruskin's name reminds me of Luskin's, a local electronics chain run by Jack and Joe Luskin that claimed to be "the cheapest guy in town"; they went out of business in 1996. Jack Luskin's daughter Jamie co-owned the Dodgers with ex-husband Frank McCourt, but that all ended pretty poorly, as I recall.

Bill James Said: "Ruskin pitched four times for Cincinnati in September, getting a total of three men out, and was released after the season." The Royals signed him in December of 1993, but he never pitched in pro ball again.

On This Date in 1993: November 25. The Miami Dolphins topped the Dallas Cowboys 16-14 in a rare snowy Thanksgiving Day game in Irving, TX. You might remember Leon Lett's gaffe.

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