Monday, June 28, 2010

1989 tom niedenfuer

 the mariners signed orioles' free agent tom niedenfuer to a contract in december of 1988.  here is his 1989 o-pee-chee card:
here's the topps front: 
now the o-pee-chee back: 
and the topps back: 
neidenfuer pitched just one season for the mariners, and it was likely his worst as evidenced by his inflated 6.69 era.  he did not record a save for the first time in his career, and the mariners' record in his appearances was a dismal 3 and 22.  that is skewed slightly, as neidenfuer was used primarily as an innings-eater in blowout losses the last half of the season.  he had only 3 save opportunities all year, and blew them all.

the mariners released neidenfuer just before the start of the 1990 season and he was quickly signed by the cardinals.  in saint louis, he pitched much better, shaving 3 runs off of his 1989 era while recording the final 2 saves of his career.

voici à vous, 1989 tom neidenfuer!

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