Tuesday, December 23, 2014

#347 Luis Sojo

About the Front: Either this photo is cropped to exclude Luis Sojo's presumably-dropped bat, or he's pushing an invisible wheelbarrow.

About the Back: R. Howard Webster was a very rich Canadian man who co-founded the Expos and was one of the driving forces behind the group that founded the Blue Jays.

Triple Play:

1. He was a member of five World Series winners with the Blue Jays (1993) and Yankees (1996, 1998-2000).

2. Luis won five Venezuelan Winter League batting titles in the decade spanning 1989-1990 to 1999-2000.

3. He has remained with the Yankees organization since retiring in 2002, which includes a stint as the big league third base coach (2004-2005) and eight years as a manager in the low minors. He spent 2014 on the coaching staff for the AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: I never could describe Sojo's unique physical appearance until my college roommate Mikey (a Yankee fan) mentioned that the second baseman looked like a weathered old pirate. Yarrrr!

Bill James Said: "He's basically a second baseman which, since Alomar rarely misses a game, wasn't much use to the Blue Jays, who needed a backup shortstop and somebody to play third if they pinch hit for Sprague." Sojo played only 19 games in Toronto after they re-acquired him from the Angels, but moved on to Seattle in 1994 and saw more playing time.

On This Date in 1993: December 23. The Athletics sign Dave Righetti as a free agent. It's a doomed pairing, as he allows 13 runs in seven innings and earns his release on April 27.

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