Tuesday, December 7, 2010

1985 eddie whitson

eddie whitson left the nl champion san diego padres as a free agent after the 1984 season, and signed a deal with the yankees. here is his 1985 o-pee-chee card:
here's the topps front:
now the o-pee-chee back:
and the topps back:
whitson was 14-8 for the pads in '84 with a 3.24 era. in the postseason, whitson pitched really well in san diego's must win game 3, going 8 innings and scattering 5 hits and 2 walks while giving up just 1 run. in the world series, he started game 2, and although the padres won the game, whitson was terrible, allowing 5 hits and 3 runs in just two-thirds of an inning.

with the yankees, whitson got off to a terrible start and the boo birds came out. he got into a fight with manager billy martin (a fight in which martin's arm was broken) and then was demoted to the bullpen in 1986 before being traded back to the padres. up until carl pavano (or maybe javier vazquez), i believe that whitson was the poster boy for the player who can't handle playing in new york.
voici à vous, 1985 eddie whitson!

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