Shawon Dunston – 1993 Donruss
December 12, 2010
Shawon-O-Meter – .269 And Holding
Ah, the Shawon-O-Meter. Remember that?
Brilliant! Unfortunately, they did something like this for a player that wasn’t that good, and then injuries curtailed his career as a regular.
Dunston had a powerful arm, and power for a 1980’s shortstop, but he was undone by his inability to take a walk.
That didn’t bother the Cubs in 1992. Before Shawon got hurt, he led off for 16 games. The second place hitter? Sammy Sosa. At that time Sammy was also a member of the Rob Picciolo appreciation society. A Dunson / Sosa 1-2 punch.
Somehow, on April 8, 1992, Dunston AND Sosa walked to begin the game against Tommy Greene. The odds of that were fantastically tiny. Then, Ryne Sandberg cracked a three-run homer.
And being the Cubs, they lost to the Phillies 11-3. This is why I’m in my 12-step recovery program for Cubs fans.