“Oil Can” Boyd – 1992 Upper Deck

December 11, 2010

Quite The Ensemble There

A matching glove with the jacket and the hat. Well done, Dennis, well done.

I guess every generation will have a player whose celebrity outshines his true value. No one can match Bo Belinsky on that front, but Boyd was that man for the 80’s and early 90’s.

He was always the character and did have some stretches of great effectiveness – but when the music was over he was 78-77 with a 4.04 ERA.

Montreal was the recipient of his comeback season in 1990, and then traded him at just the proper time in 1991 to Texas. They got three players for “The Can”, who promptly went south and developed blood clots. But he still wanted to pitch even after having a big squabble with the Red Sox about a non-invite to Spring Training.

He spent 1994-97 trodding the independent circuit and also spent time in the Mexican League. Then, at age 45, he decided to come back and pitched in the Can-Am League for Brockton. In fact, he led the team in innings pitched! There were reports he wanted to come back last year at age 49 but I didn’t find any major, minor or independent league stats.

Whatever he’s doing now, I’m sure he’s drawing a crowd.


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