Saturday, December 3, 2011

1989 willie randolph

it turned out that the dodgers and yankees essentially swapped second basemen prior to the 1989 season when yankee veteran willie randolph signed a free agent deal in december of 1988, a month after steve sax bolted for the bronx. here is his 1989 o-pee-chee card:
here's the topps front:
now the o-pee-chee back:
and the topps back:
the two even faced off against each other in the 1989 all-star game, each earning a backup spot on the team. like sax, randolph was 0 for 1 in the game. randolph appeared in 145 games and hit .282 with 7 steals and negligible power. he also made 9 errors in 681 chances playing second for the dodgers, which is about the same performance the yankees got out of sax. in the end, maybe the dodgers should have tried harder to re-sign sax, if only to have avoided the merry-go-round that was the second base position in the early 1990's.

voici à vous, 1989 willie randolph!

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