Wednesday, August 5, 2015
#462 Felix Fermin
About the Back: That's right, it took Felix Fermin 4,234 professional plate appearances to hit his first home run. The unfortunate victim was White Sox reliever Donn Pall.
1. In 1989, Fermin was the runaway American League leader in sacrifice bunts, amassing 32 for the Indians. Be still, my heart!
2. His son Andy was a 32nd-round pick of the Blue Jays in the 2010 draft. He has a career batting line of .267/.346/.379 in six minor league seasons.
3. Felix has managed in the Dominican Republic and in Mexico, and has won a record five Dominican Winter League championships. In 2007, he also helmed the Mexican League champions, Sultanes de Monterrey.
11-Year-Old Kevin Says: His name is much more amusing when you pronounce it like "vermin".
Bill James Said: "Led American League in errors, with 23, was last in fielding percentage for a regular shortstop (.960)." And somehow the Indians flipped him and Reggie Jefferson for Omar Vizquel. Nice trade, Seattle.
On This Date in 1993: August 5. Magic: The Gathering, a fantasy-based trading card game, is released.