Thursday, July 15, 2010

1987 mike easler

the yankees traded mike 'hit man' easler to the phillies in december of 1986.  here is his 1987 o-pee-chee card:
here's the topps front:
now the o-pee-chee back:
and the topps back:
the yankees had given up don baylor (who quickly became the key to getting to the world series in the late 80's) to acquire easler a year earlier, and they got pitcher charles hudson in return for him from the phillies.  easler was the phillies' every day left fielder for the 33 games in which he appeared.  he hit .282 in those games, but had an ops of just .662. 

meanwhile, back in the bronx, the gary ward/claudell washington/ron kittle trio wasn't doing too much, so the yankees decided to bring easler back.  he was reacquired by new york in june of 1987 for keith hughes and shane turner.  in 65 games for the yankees as their dh and sometime left fielder, easler hit .281 with an ops of .726.  he was released by the yankees at the end of the season, ending his big league playing career.

voici à vous, 1987 mike easler!

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