Monday, August 10, 2015

#464 Greg Colbrunn

About the Front: What's up with the blank white panels on the wall behind Greg Colbrunn? My guess would be that Topps is covering up advertisements, but I'm not sure that they've ever done that.

About the Back: The Expos actually brought Greg up to the majors in September of 1990 so he could work on his defense as a catcher. He blew out his elbow throwing to second base, and missed the entire 1991 season.

Triple Play:

1. Colbrunn did his best work as a part-time player with the Diamondbacks later in his career, batting .310/.384/.527 (126 OPS+) in 337 games over parts of five seasons. He started at first base for Arizona in Game Six of the 2001 World Series, going 2-for-5 with a walk, two runs scored, and an RBI in a 15-2 rout of New York.

2. On September 18, 2002, he hit for the cycle against the Padres, going 5-for-6 with a pair of homers and four RBI.

3. He coached for the Yankees' Single-A Charleston club from 2007-2012, including a stint as the team's manager in 2010. Greg was the Red Sox' hitting coach in 2013-2014, resigning due to health concerns. In 2015, he returned to the Charleston coaching staff.

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: Colbrunn was one of the weak links on the Expos team that I favored in the SNES Ken Griffey, Jr. baseball game, probably due to his .255/.282/.392 batting line in 1993.

Bill James Said: "Although he hits well for a catcher he doesn't hit enough to be a regular first baseman, and when Cliff Floyd showed up the Expos released him."

On This Date in 1993: August 10. Mets pitcher Bret Saberhagen admits to having sprayed bleach at three reporters on July 27, and agrees to donate $15,384.61 - one day's pay - to the Eye Research Foundation.

1 comment:

  1. I know that Fleer covered over a Marlboro sign for Randy Johnson's card in '89. As a matter of fact, I think some cards might actually show it. Not sure how rare that version is, though.