Friday, February 27, 2015

#383 Jerry Browne

About the Front: The gold cross pendant around Jerry Browne's neck is downright subdued compared to those ugly chunky magnetic necklaces that some players wear now.

About the Back: The "VI" in Jerry's birthplace is the Virgin Islands, which has produced a total of 11 big leaguers. The most notable were Horace Clarke, Al McBean, Elrod Hendricks, and Jose Morales.

Triple Play:

1. When he played with the A's, Browne was known as "The Governor". At that time, Jerry Brown was the governor of California.

2. On July 25, 1991, he pinch-hit against Dennis Eckersley in the bottom of the eighth with two outs, one man on base, and the Indians trailing Oakland 7-6. He homered to right field to deliver the winning runs.

3. Jerry has coached in the minors for the Blue Jays, Giants, and Nationals.

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: This card lists him at 170 pounds, while Baseball Reference bills him at 140. At 5'10", he'd be practically invisible at that lower weight.

Bill James Said: "He didn't play well last year, after missing the first half the year with an injury, and his nomadic career may move on to another stop." Jerry signed with the Marlins in 1994, where his MLB career would end the following year.

On This Date in 1993: February 27. The Orioles sign 32-year-old Fernando Valenzuela. The 1981 Cy Young Award winner and Rookie of the Year had pitched in Mexico in 1992 and had not won a big league game since 1990. He'll start 31 games for Baltimore in 1993, showing flashes of brilliance in an uneven year and finishing 8-10 with a 4.94 ERA (91 ERA+).

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