Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Random Phillies cards of the Week

1971 Topps #77 Mike ComptonMike was a free agent signing by the Phillies in 1965. He played in the Phillies minor league system until 1973. He was called up to the big club in April 1970 and sent back down in August. In 110 at-bats he hit .164 with 1 home run. BTW, he was a catcher. Most of his playing time happened after the Phillies #1 and #2 catchers (Mike Ryan and Tim McCarver) each broke a hand in the same game. Mike is the inventor of The Ball Hawg.

1986 Fleer #450 Mike Schmidt
1986 was Mike's last big year in the majors. He hit .290, led the league with 37 home runs and 119 rbis. This at the ripe-old-age of 36. He was also an All-Star (his 10th), won his 9th (and last) Gold Glove, won his 6th (and last) Silver Slugger award and, perhaps best of all, was the National League Most Valuable Player. The Phillies were actually pretty good that year, finishing 2nd in the NL East with an 86-75 record.

1993 Upper Deck #505 Tyler Green
Green was the Phillies #1 draft pick (10th pick overall) in 1991. He never really lived up to that promise. 1993 was his debut year. He had 2 starts, amounting to 7.1 innings and an ERA of 7.36. Between 1993 and 1998 he started in 68 games and had an overall record of 18-25. With an 8-9 record in 1995 he was named to the All-Star team for some reason, but did not actually pitch.

2009 ToppsTown #65 Raul Ibanez
Raul was a free agent signing by the Phillies after the 2008 season. He had a pretty good year, hitting .272 with 34 home runs. He was also named to the All-Star team. He hit .304 in the World Series in a losing cause against the Yankees.

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