Steve Rogers – 1981 Fleer
September 18, 2010
You too can have the exciting life of a starting pitcher!!!
I’d love to have the backstory behind this picture.
There’s the scowl, the lean, the look. Was he bored? Upset? Was it in pre-game?
Steve Rogers assumed the mantle of Expos ace in the mid and late 70’s. Of course, that meant logging a ton of innings in front of not-so-good teams, and it showed (15-22 in 1974, 7-17 in 1976). If he was on a good team early on, and his managers didn’t have to rely on him so much, he could have had a few more years, had a better record, and made it to Cooperstown. He had that talent.
But that’s not the way it went down. Parc Jarry was a hitter’s park and the defense behind him was less than stellar. With better run and defense support, he would have definitely had better stats.
Maybe that’s why he’s scowling, or leaning, or bored, or something?