Wednesday, April 13, 2016

1992 Donruss Rookies - Part 2

I posted the top 10 players in the set the other day, now just some interesting cards or players.

 Mondesi is the only player in this set who was named a Rookie of the Year. That was in 1994, when he beat out Manny Ramirez for the award. Although he had a pretty good career, he received no votes in 2011, his Hall of Fame eligibility year. He also may be the only player in the set with a son currently playing in the major leagues.

I remember than Ashley was touted as being a big prospect, having twice being named Player of the Year in the Dodgers minor league organization. He spent 6 years with the Dodgers and his final year with the Red Sox. He was never a full time player and ended with a .233 career average.

Bottenfield had a 9 year career, mainly as a middle reliever and spot starter. He compiled a 46-49 record. Currently he is the head baseball coach at Palm Beach Atlantic University. He took over the job there from Gary Carter when Carter passed away in 2011.

In 7 years, Bullinger had a 34-41 career record with 11 saves in his 7 year career. He one of only five pitchers to get a home run on the first pitch of his first at bat in the majors.

Cianfrocco has the dubious distinction of being the batter when Tom Browning broke his arm throwing a pitch on May 9, 1994. Browning tried to come back in 1995 and 1996 unsuccessfully.

Cole is the first player in MLB to have been born in the Soviet Union, Leningrad to be specific. He was 0-2 in 8 appearances for the Pirates in 1992. Which was his entire career in the MLB. He was on the Russian National Baseball Team in 2003 and 2007. Surprise, there's a Russian National Baseball Team.

Fortugno is the guy gave up George Brett's 3,000 hit on 9/30/92. Then he picked Brett off at first.

Frye made history on August 17, 2001 when he became only the second Blue Jay in history to hit for the cycle. The only other Blue Jays player to hit for the cycle was Kelly Gruber, who happened to be in attendance that day.

 Groom led the league in appearances in 1999 with 76, and is 35th on the all-time list of appearances with 786. He holds the major league record for most games pitched without recording a plate appearance. Here's his career batting record from

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