Wednesday, August 5, 2015

#462 Felix Fermin

About the Front: Cameo alert! Is Joe Carter safe or out? Either way, it's a great photo. It's always fun to see the cloud of dirt kick up.

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.

Triple Play:

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.

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