April 23, 2011
Crazy Was Genetic
Hey, you know about the Spring Cleaning, right? You know, sign up for a team and / or a set and get cards for a very reasonable price (as in, be honest with sending me stuff and sending me the postage). Some good teams with LOTS of good stuff are available. Look over ——-> for details.
Carlos Perez, the last of the three Perez brothers to make the show. And yes while Pascual was the most flamboyant, and Melido was probably the calmest, Carlos may have had the most raw talent, and the Eppy Calvin LaLouche 2 cent head.
He had a checkered career in the low minors, but in 1993 and 1994 put up some great numbers and was ready for the big time when MLB resumed after the work stoppage.
In 1995, his rookie year, Carlos had 106 K’s and 28 BB’s in 141 innings. That’s command and control. Then he hurt his shoulder and missed a year. But he rebounded for some decent seasons in 1997 and 1998. During the latter season he was traded to the Dodgers along with all-name-HOFers Hiram Bocachica and Mark Grudzielanek for Vlad’s little bro Wilton, Ted Lilly (what goes around comes around, I guess), Pete “Yeah, I Stunk In Retrospect” Bergeron and a minor leaguer.
So the Dodgers thought he was a safe investment.
Never make a long-term investment in a Perez brother.
After signing a big contract, he went 7-18 with a 6.28 ERA. And no, he wasn’t pitching in Coors Field. His home park was Dodger Stadium and that’s a ERA+ of 69 and a WAR of -2.6 over those two years.
He pitched in Las Vegas in 2001, but the Dodgers then just let him go away, quickly. (Can you imagine a Perez brother in Vegas?? Wow…)
But you know, in looking at this card, you realize why he was exciting and why teams wanted him. He had a joy on the mound. I’d rather have a demonstrative joy than a unsmiling curmudgeon.
April 13, 2011
Spring Cleaning Coming Together!
Hey, I have the rules of Spring Cleaning ready to go. I’ve given some of my friends a preferred chance at some of their favorite teams or sets of doubles. But every team has some choice nuggets…like the above!
(Look for the Spring Cleaning post over the weekend – and if you got the early email make your choices now – thanks to several of you who have already claimed teams, etc.
I just turned on the Twins game and saw Liriano give up six to the Royals in the fourth. So I went through my box and found a Royals card to change the voodoo. And why not a card from a set that would have worked for a smaller, more premium set but not one of 432 cards.
And not for players like Rusty Meacham.
Rusty Meacham belongs in base sets. I read someone lamenting that with the emphasis on rookies in the base Topps the subs and middle relievers are either relegated to Update or forgotten altogether. That’s a shame. I also know that sets like Heritage should be a bit more picky about players. The more premium the set, the more that the checklists are limited. A set like Flair would cost a LOT of money to collect one-by-one in the day and you’d probably have a box full of doubles of guys like Andres Berumen.
Looking at the Flair Checklist – I can’t see people wanting to spend premium dollars for a pack that contains a Jason Bates, Mike Oquist or Dave Mlicki unless they were a team collector. I got this on the secondary market, I believe (or got it from someone who got it on the secondary market), which yes you can find some Flairs seeded in with the 1989 Topps in those assortments at Target.
Meacham had an interesting story. He was a 33rd round draft pick by the Tigers in 1987 and not signed until 1988 as a JUCO draft-and-follow. He was a side-arming righty (as you can see on the card) that blazed through the Tiger system and had a good 1991 in Toledo. He struggled a bit in the majors but there was potential.
Then the Tigers put him on waivers. That, I don’t get. You have a 23-year old pitcher whose worst full-season minor league ERA was in AA in 1990 – and it was 3.13 (with a 15-9 record). Your staff had guys like Tanana, Gullickson, Gleaton, Terrell, Cerutti, Paul Gibson, Petry and Jeff Kaiser. I mean, why waive a 23-year old with promise?
The Roayls actually made some good baseball decisions in the 90’s and they snapped Meacham up quickly. The Tigers fell to 6th in the AL East with the worst ERA in the AL – thanks to guys like Terrell, Eric King, Les Lancaster, Scott Aldred, Buddy Groom and Kevin Ritz with ERAs over 5.
Rusty had a good year for KC: 10-4, 2 saves, 2.74 ERA, 1.9 WAR, 15 holds, and 31% of his 55 inherited runners scored.I think the Tigers would have rather had that than whatever Dan Gaekler or Kurt Knudsen gave them.
But then, the injury bugaboo hit him. Relief pitchers that throw over 100 innings in a season do have a history of breaking down more often than not – and Meacham had elbow problems which caused him to miss a lot of 1993 and then become less effective as time wore on. His 1992 promise was not filled, but Meacham has continued in pro ball, being a pitcher and pitching coach in the minors and independent ball. In fact, he threw 2 innings LAST YEAR!