Jeff Torborg – 1992 Topps

January 4, 2011

Just What Color Of Blue Is That?

It looks like Topps continued their paint-huffing airbrushing techniques into the early 90’s, with this wonderful rendition of the Mets hat on Jeff Torborg’s bean.

Torborg’s biggest success as a manager was in 1990, when he went 94-68 with the White Sox, finishing second. That was the year Bobby Thigpen saved 57. He also managed the Sox to another second place finish in 1991.

Then Torborg probably made the biggest mistake of his career – and it’s pictured on this card.

He quit the Sox to manage the Mets. While the Sox finished third in 1992, they won the AL West in 1993.

Meanwhile, the Mets were in disarray. The hangover (literal) from 1986’s glory was in full effect. Instead of a dynasty (which many of us thought was inevitable), the Mets ground to a halt in 1991, and there was no reason that anyone should have expected more in 1992.

Well, except the NY Media, the fans, and the Mets management.

But, look at the 1991 Mets:

Their catcher was 37. Their first baseman was a slappy. Jefferies was not meeting expectations. Elster couldn’t hit. Hubie Brooks was old. McReynolds seemed old. Vince Coleman was a disaster. Sasser was in the throes of Sasser disease.

I don’t know what the Mets were thinking in 1992, but whatever it was, it didn’t work. Hojo slipped big time. Dick Schofield was no answer for Elster. Randolph was ancient. Eddie Murray even looked old.

The best OPS+ on the team?

Chico Walker.

When Chico Walker is your best offensive player, you’re not going to win.

Compound that with a staff that was a total mess due to injury and indifference, it was a season to forget.

So maybe the electric “blue” hat is fitting.

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2 Responses to “Jeff Torborg – 1992 Topps”


  1. […] hitter. But he again missed some time with injuries and then when Robinson was fired, new manager Jeff Torborg decided to split time between Fosse and Fred Kendall. FRED […]


  2. […] hitter. But he again missed some time with injuries and then when Robinson was fired, new manager Jeff Torborg decided to split time between Fosse and Fred Kendall. FRED […]


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