Wednesday, June 24, 2015

#444 David Nied

About the Front: Topps harkens back to its past with a classic "hands-over-the-head" pitching pose for David Nied. Of course, nobody actually pitches like that any more.

About the Back: Nied won his September 1, 1992 debut with seven innings of one-run ball against the Mets, scattering four hits and four walks.

Triple Play:

1. He took the loss in the Rockies' first-ever game, allowing two runs on six hits and six walks (!) as the Mets prevailed, 3-0. He would collect a few less dubious franchise milestones as well, earning Colorado's first complete-game victory (5-3 over those same Mets on April 15) and first complete-game shutout (4-0 against the Astros on June 21, 1994).

2. Injuries curtailed Nied's career, and he was completely finished at age 27. In parts of five seasons, he had a record of 17-18 with a 5.06 ERA (95 ERA+, because Colorado) in 241.2 innings.

3. After hanging up his spikes, David returned to the Dallas area and worked for his father's company, Cylinder Heads International. He is married to the former Heather Cranford, a one-time contestant on The Bachelor, and has four sons.

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: Before I'd ever heard of the acronym "TINSTAAPP" (There Is No Such Thing As A Pitching Prospect), Nied was a cautionary tale.

Bill James Said: "He was expected to be the ace of the Rockies staff after being the first player picked in the expansion draft, but his season was derailed by an elbow injury." Cue the ominous music.

On This Date in 1993: June 24. The Giants batter Rockies pitching for 20 hits in a 17-2 Candlestick Park, believe it or not. Robby Thompson, who had previously never hit two home runs in a single game, does it for the second straight day as part of a 5-for-5 outburst. Other San Francisco homers come from Barry Bonds, Will Clark, and Mark Carreon. Colorado reliever Mark Grant allows hits to all five batters he faces, including a pair of longballs. All five score, though two are driven home after Grant is pulled.

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