Friday, February 20, 2015

#379 Mike Munoz

About the Front: Topps just photographed the entire Tigers pitching staff on Turn Back the Clock Day and called it a wrap, didn't they? Nevertheless, that's an excellent view of the center field fence and stands at Tiger Stadium.

About the Back: Mike Munoz was the first college player drafted by the Dodgers in 1986. With their first two picks, they took high school outfielder Michael White, who never made the majors, and shortstop Dave Hansen, who we'll see in the second series of this set.

Triple Play:

1. Munoz earned his first career save on August 15, 1992, shutting out the Rangers for the final three innings of a 10-3 Tigers win.

2. He appeared in 300 games spanning six seasons for the Rockies, despite an unsightly 5.50 ERA (94 ERA+) in that span. It's hard to pitch in Denver, y'all.

3. Mike collected his only big league hit on May 28, 1995, socking a run-scoring double against Jim Gott of the Pirates.

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: Munoz's thick black mustache probably reminded me of Super Mario, even if the lefty pitcher didn't have the right build.

Bill James Said: "Was the Tigers top lefthanded reliever in '92, but started out slowly last year, was designated for assignment and found himself the property of the Rockies."

On This Date in 1993: February 20. Jurickson Profar is born. In 2012, he will make his big league debut with the Rangers as a top middle infield prospect.

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