Monday, February 2, 2015

#368 Delino DeShields

About the Front: I'll give Delino DeShields the benefit of the doubt because he appears to be on deck, but I don't think he'll have much success at bat if he stays on one knee. I also approve of the high socks, although the shadows make it look like they're mismatched.

About the Back: Delino was slated to attend Villanova University to play point guard on the college's basketball team, but chose pro baseball after the Expos drafted him.

Triple Play:

1. In a 13-year career, he batted .268/.352/.377 with 463 stolen bases.

2. DeShields has been a minor league manager in the Reds organization since 2010. In 2015, he'll take the helm of the AAA Louisville Bats.

3. His son, Delino Jr., was drafted eighth overall by the Astros in 2010. So far, he's batted .267/.362/.396 in five minor league seasons, topping out at AA and playing outfield and second base.

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: I liked playing as the Montreal Expos on Ken Griffey, Jr. Presents Major League Baseball for the Super Nintendo. Nine times out of ten, I would have Delino bunt, knowing that it was a sure hit if the ball deadened.

Bill James Said: "Swung at only 35% of the pitches he saw in '93, the lowest percentage of any major league player except Rickey Henderson." That helps explain the high walk and strikeout totals.

On This Date in 1993: February 2. The Brewers sign Dickie Thon. The 35-year-old shortstop will play in 85 games for Milwaukee in his final big league season, batting .269/.324/.331 with a home run and 33 RBI.

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