Wednesday, July 22, 2015

#456 Scott Taylor

About the Front: Though this is pretty clearly a spring training photo, Scott Taylor did indeed wear #56 when he made his big league debut for Boston in September of 1992. According to Baseball Reference, he was only the second Red Sox player to ever wear that number, following pitcher Zach Crouch (1.1 IP in 1988).
About the Back: Only one other 28th-round signee from the 1988 draft made it to the majors. Toronto picked pitcher Woody Williams out of the University of Houston, and he went on to enjoy a 15-year career with the Jays, Padres, Cardinals, and Astros.

Triple Play:

1. Born Rodney Scott Taylor, he was one of three pro baseball players who went by "Scott Taylor" and played in the same era. Catcher Scott Michael Taylor played in the minors for the Cubs organization from 1987-1992, and pitcher Scott Michael Taylor spent a decade (1989-1998) in the minors with several organizations and had an MLB cup of coffee with the Rangers in 1995.

2. His first - and only - big league win came on October 3, 1992 when he tossed 6.2 innings of one-hit, one-walk, no-run relief against the Yankees.

3. Taylor last pitched professionally in 1995, going 5-8 with a 4.11 ERA in 27 games for Pittsburgh's AAA affiliate in Calgary.

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: Pro wrestling has been a guilty pleasure of mine for years, even predating my interest in baseball. If Taylor's career had endured for a few more years, people might have taken to calling him "Scotty 2 Hotty".

Bill James Said: "A sandy-haired 26-year-old lefthander, more of a survivor than an actual prospect."

On This Date in 1993: July 22. Royals shortstop Greg Gagne's ninth-inning home run off of Tigers pitcher Mark Leiter is the 10,000th base hit in the history of Tiger Stadium, the first time any ballpark has reached that milestone. Kansas City outslugs the Tigers, 12-6.

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