Tuesday, January 6, 2015

#350 Joe Carter

About the Front: Today's conspicuous logo placement comes from Joe Carter's Easton wristband. Easton was also the brand of bat on Preston Wilson's draft pick card a few hundred posts ago.

About the Back: "Walloped" is an excellent piece of cheesy baseball lingo.

Triple Play:

1. He was the Sporting News college baseball player of the year in 1981, when he batted .411 with 24 home runs and a then-record 120 RBI for Wichita State.

2. Joe was an All-Star in five of his seven seasons in Toronto. As a Blue Jay, he slugged .473 with 203 home runs and 736 RBI.

3. Carter retired after the 1998 campaign with a career total of 396 home runs, still 55th-highest in MLB history.

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: Joe was one of several ex-Toronto players who landed in Baltimore in the late 1990s, and one of the biggest flops. He lasted 87 games with the O's in 1998, batting .247/.297/.424 (87 OPS+) with 11 homers before being passed off to the Giants for a minor league pitcher.

Bill James Said: "Joe is the kind of player that statistical analysts will tell you is badly overrated, but no GM will ever be able to resist." Translation - lots of homers and RBI, but low batting average and on-base percentage (.259 and .306 in his career, respectively).

On This Date in 1993: The Bombay Riots escalate in India, with assailants stabbing innocent victims as part of increased hostilities between Muslims and Hindus.

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