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Score Danny Darwin
Score Danny Darwin

6/29/21 Score Baseball Card Of The Day: 1994 Score #192 Danny Darwin, Red Sox

Danny Darwin pitched in the major leagues for a long time.

In fact, when 42-year-old Darwin and the rest of the 1997 Giants clinched the NL West, 17-year-old me and my buddies jokingly warned the team (through our TV screen) to celebrate with caution, lest poor Darwin end up with a strained liver or something.

Darwin debuted in MLB with the1978 Rangers and remained with the team through 1984, alternating between starting and relieving almost annually. Next came stints with the Brewers 1985-86) and Astros (1986-1990), both of whom ping-ponged Darwin between the bullpen and rotation just as Texas had.

In 1990, Darwin led the NL in ERA (qualifying by 0.2 IP), which no doubt helped him negotiate his 4Y/$12.2M free agent deal from Boston in December 1990. There were bumps galore during the first two years of said deal but here, Darwin has enjoyed the best season of his 16-year career. For the first time ever, he spent an entire season in the starting rotation and wound up leading the Red Sox in starts, innings and victories.

THIS CARD: "Gold Rush" was a 1994-95 Score parallel set. Much of my 1994 Score set was built through packs, each of which contained one Gold Rush card. Without checking, I'd say I own about 25-30 of them.

Front images like this are precisely why I started a Score Card Of The Day last year—ancient major league pitchers goofing around with multiple baseballs deserves attention. He's not juggling, he's not tossing BP...WTH is Darwin doing? Bowling?

More from Darwin's 1993 season: he went 5-0 in May, allowing a total of six earned runs in six starts. On 8/1, he struck out his 1,500th batter in a win at Baltimore. And on 9/24 against Minnesota, Darwin tied his career high with 10 K.

(flip) In addition to losing his first four games of 1993, Darwin carried an 8.20 ERA with EIGHT homers allowed in just 18.2 innings over those four games. Surprisingly, Boston stuck with him, and he went 15-7, 2.82 in his final 30 starts of 1993.

 

That would be Roger Clemens and Frank Viola, for those of you unfamiliar. 

As you see in the stats, Darwin won 22 games over the 1989-90 seasons...but what you don't see in the stats is Darwin's grand total of 17 games started in that span; he was THE ultimate vulture.

AFTER THIS CARD: Darwin was awful, good, and awful again for the 1994 Red Sox before a strained back ended his season in June. Following an equally tough 1995 split between Toronto and Texas, Darwin emerged as one of the NL's top starters in the first half of 1996 (7-9, 3.02 in 19 starts for Pittsburgh) before being dealt to Houston.

The White Sox signed Darwin for 1997, then packaged him to San Francisco in the infamous "White Flag Trade" at that year's Deadline. Though he remained with my Giants until his 1998 retirement, I don't remember anything specific about Darwin's tenure other than his willingness to openly confront Barry Bonds after a defensive folly.

Since 2006, Darwin has served as a pitching coach mostly in the minors, but also briefly with the Cincinnati Reds (in 2018).

Danny Darwin appeared in 1988-95 Score, except 1993.  You can find Darwin the Blue Jay in 1995 Stadium Club, while 1996 Fleer Update features Darwin the Pirate and 1998 Pacific features Darwin the Giant.

More June 2021 Score Cards Of The Day

Score Tony Clark
Score Tony Clark

6/2/21 Score Baseball Card Of The Day: 1998 Score #266 Interleague Moments (Tony Clark)

 

Interleague baseball is played every day in 2021 and has been for years now, but it had to start somewhere, right?

Commissioner Selig and The Powers That Be introduced regular season NL vs. AL play in 1997, quite a groundbreaking year for MLB (Jackie Robinson Day was also introduced that year). Major sets, including Score, made sure to produce subsets acknowledging the new setup.

Personally, I was indifferent to IL play and would have rather used the space in the set for standard commons (especially after the cancellation of 1998 Score Series 2), but in a vacuum, Interleague Moments was a good subset. With an uninspired name, but still.

THIS CARD: Yes, that's the same Tony Clark who is now head of the MLBPA. He was a fairly feared slugger in his time, which was spent most notably with the Tigers and Diamondbacks.

This is one of 15 cards in the Interleague Moments subset. And without looking, I can tell you (respectfully) that it is one of the least noteworthy. Neither the Tigers nor the Mets were very relevant in 1997, though Detroit seemed to be trending upward.

(flip) Good Christ, 14-0? This series took place June 30-July 2, 1997 in Detroit; the Tigers hit six homers in the series opener (three by Bobby Higginson), followed by five bombs in Game 2 and  three more in the finale.

Not sure why Clark graces the card front rather than Higginson—who went yard four times in the series to Clark's one—but whatever.

Clark roped a 7th-inning solo shot off Mets RP Juan Acevedo in Detroit's eventual 9-7 win. He also tripled and walked in that game.

AFTER THIS CARD: All-time, the Tigers have an 13-11 record against the Mets; you have NO idea how unnecessarily hard it was to dig that info up. The clubs are not due to face each other in 2021 unless it's in the...World..SER (sorry, I couldn't get that out with a straight face.)

Score Stan Belinda
Score Stan Belinda

6/5/21 Score Baseball Card Of The Day: 1991 Score #296 Stan Belinda, Pirates

Stan Belinda should be best remembered for returning to the mound after being diagnosed with frikkin' multiple sclerosis, but his lasting "achievement" in MLB has always been allowing the NLCS-losing hit to Atlanta's Francisco Cabrera in 1992. It wasn't even that bad of a pitch from then-Pirate Belinda; Cabrera, a no-name third-stringer, just beat him with a well-placed grounder.

Belinda debuted in MLB with the 1989 Pirates, and by the next year the righty sidewinder was a key contributor out of Jim Leyland's bullpen. Belinda's eight saves were second on the Bucs, and his 8.5 K/9 ratio led the entire staff by far.

THIS CARD: The pic somewhat captures Belinda's sidearm delivery; it wasn't quite submarine, but it teetered on it.

After donning #60 as a rookie, Belinda switched to #50 for the rest of his Pirates career. Other notable Pirates to wear #50: SP's Charlie Morton and Jameson Taillon in the 2010's.

More from Belinda's 1990 season: he earned saves in three straight appearances 6/24-30, and on 8/19 he went the final 2.1 innings to close out the eventual World Champion Reds. Belinda was also solid in the postseason against the Reds.

(flip) I see a bit of the actor Corin Nemec in Belinda. I understand 98% of you will have to Google who that is.

Evidently, Belinda wasn't afraid to pitch inside because he could usually hit his target; he only hit one major league batter in 1990 (and one with Buffalo).

I'm pretty sure most of the MiLB clubs shown on this card no longer exist, since the Big Reshuffling Of 2020-21.

AFTER THIS CARD: Though not the force he'd been in the minors, Belinda put together effective regular seasons for the 1991-93 Pirates (53 combined saves) until being traded to the Royals in July 1993. But he never really got going in KC (4.83 in 60 games 1993-94).

Now largely a setup man and occasional closer, Belinda enjoyed a fine 1995 season for the division-winning Red Sox, endured a poor 1996 impacted by groin and biceps injuries, then put together quality 1997-98 campaigns for the Cincinnati Reds. It was in 1998 he received his MS diagnosis, yet by June 1999, there Belinda was toiling for the Reds once more...extremely inspirational.

34-year-old Belinda split 2000 between the Rockies (46 games) and Braves (10 games) but was not effective at all by this point; that would be it for Belinda in MLB. 

Stan Belinda appeared in Score 1990-96, except 1995. If you want a Belinda card with Cincinnati, turn to 1998 Pacific Online.

Score Chili Davis
Score Chili Davis

6/8/21 Score Baseball Card Of The Day: 1998 Score #201 Chili Davis, Royals

We catch up with Charles "Chili" Davis a day after ESPN named him to its All-Weather Team (Chili = Chilly). Davis's first extended MLB run came in the early-mid 1980's with San Francisco, where he made two All-Star teams—and not by default, either.  By the late 1980's he'd become a reliable run producer for the California Angels after spending much of his early years batting leadoff.

In 1991, Davis's rebound from a challenging 1990 season helped lead the Minnesota Twins out of the cellar and all the way to a World Series championship! His 29 homers were nine more than any teammate, and he delivered a critical two-run blast in Game 2 of the World Series.

The veteran outfielder (by now a full-time DH) returned to Anaheim for a four-year run 1993-96, averaging .285, 27, 94 despite two of those seasons being shortened by the strike.

Here, 37-year-old Davis has completed his first and only season with Kansas City, who traded longtime SP Mark Gubicza to acquire him in October 1996. It was a KC fleece job; Davis went on to lead the team in HR, OBP and SLG while Gubicza gave Anaheim exactly 4.2 (ugly) innings.

THIS CARD: Looking at Davis's big, strong build, it's hard to imagine he was once a fleet center fielder. But hey, so was Barry Bonds once upon a time.

Davis wears #44; the only other notable Royal with those digits was longtime P Luke Hochevar, the former #1 overall pick who eventually became a reliable reliever for the 2014-15 pennant winners.

You see Davis batting lefty here; the natural righty hitter did not learn to switch-hit until reaching pro ball! A great decision in hindsight, as Davis ranks 7th all-time in homers by a switch-hitter (third when he retired).

(flip) Davis was Signed Through 1997 via a 3Y/$11.25 deal from the Angels in May 1995. The night he signed the deal, Davis kicked off a fracas with the A's after approaching RP Jim Corsi, who'd just plunked one of his teammates, while taking second base.

Davis didn't play the field at all after 1994. In fact, he only played defense 11 times during the 1990's, including once in the 1991 WS.

Things were changing in the late 1990's; Davis could have had 51 turf at-bats in two weeks during his Giants/Angels/Twins days.

AFTER THIS CARD: The Yankees imported Davis on a 3Y/$9.8M deal in December 1997, but he missed most of their historic 1998 season following ankle surgery. Though he turned in a decent 1999 season, Davis was anemic in October and once the Yankees released him in December, he decided 19 seasons as a big league player was enough.

Since 2012, Davis has worked in MLB as a hitting coach. Oakland, Boston, the Cubs and the Mets (who fired him in May 2021) have employed him.

Chili Davis appeared in 1988-98 Score.

Score Rodney McCray
Score Rodney McCray

6/11/21 Score Baseball Card Of The Day: 1991 Score #763 Rodney McCray, White Sox

He didn't have much of a major league career, but Rodney McCray—or at least something he did—is still known to baseball fans some 30 years after his last game in the bigs.

You see, as a White Sox prospect playing for AAA Vancouver on 5/27/1991, McCray went all-out in pursuit of a fly ball off the bat of Portland(Twins) prospect Chip Hale. And when I say "all-out", I mean McCray was charging toward the wall as hard as he could go. 

Not even the warning track slowed him down.
CRRRRAAAAAASSSSSSHHHHH!

McCray didn't run into the wall.

McCray ran through the wall. Like the Kool-Aid man at his finest.

Click for proof. (McCray was a sturdy dude and escaped without injury.)

Here, however, McCray is fresh off his debut season in MLB. The 1990 White Sox exclusively used him as a pinch-runner and/or defensive replacement (usually for Ivan Calderon).

THIS CARD: It was almost a given McCray would be shown on the basepaths; in 24 of his 32 appearances for the White Sox in 1990, he entered as a pinch-runner.

If Score were to ever designate anyone as a PR/OF, it would have been McCray, who amassed 22 innings across all three outfield positions (all off the bench) for the '90 Sox. He didn't record an assist, but he didn't make an error, either.

Maybe it's strange, but the "ROOKIE PROSPECT" labels from Score's early years would really get me excited about noobs. Beginning with 1995 Score, the label was shortened to "ROOKIE" and it just wasn't the same. No need to tell me I'm weird.

(flip) You can't always go by interviews, obviously, but during his Best Damn Sports Show Period cameo, McCray at least seemed as upbeat as he appears in this photo. (BTW, this Rodney McCray is not connected to the Rodney McCray active in the NBA at around the same time. The NBA version was/is almost a foot taller than the MLB version, and looked a lot less friendly.)

I don't know what the hell is up with the stats, but McCray actually played in 32 games for the 1990 White Sox, batting 0-for-6 with four K. He's got to be one of about one dudes to have more runs (8) than at-bats that year.

McCray wound up making three separate trips—in May, July and September—to Chicago in 1990. He scored game-winning runs 5/27 against Detroit (in the 7th inning) and 7/28 against Milwaukee (walk-off).

AFTER THIS CARD: Despite achieving fame in May 1991, McCray didn't return to Chicago until September of that year, going 2-for-7 with one steal in 17 games. The next year, McCray got all of one PA over 18 games with the Mets before being cut in June. Following a so-so stint in the Independent League in 1993, McCray ended his professional playing career at 30.

Rodney McCray appeared in 1991-92 Score, and on every baseball blooper show in existence.

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6/14/21 Score Baseball Card Of The Day: 1995 Score #583 Fausto Cruz, Athletics

This will be brief. (Update: not as brief as I anticipated.)

Fausto Cruz, for a short period in the early-mid 1990's, was an intriguing SS prospect for the A's, one who showed capability at the plate and in the field. After gaining attention and accolades for his 1992-93 performance on the farms, Cruz got "The Call" in early 1994 when Oakland 2B Brent Gates sprained his thumb and hit the DL.

THIS CARD: Cruz got decent attention from the non-Topps companies in 1995 considering he wasn't really considered a top prospect until 1993. Baseball America named him Oakland's #4 prospect, in fact, and he appeared in Score, Pinnacle, Collector's Choice and Ultra sets.

Cruz appears to be taking a throw at second base. One publication of the times compared him to longtime Pirates/Braves SS Rafael Belliard defensively, which is some damn high praise. Oakland used him at SS/3B, plus one start at 2B, in 1994.

More from Cruz's 1994 season: he was recalled by the A's from AAA Tacoma thrice (in mid-April when Gates went down, for much of May and from late July until the strike). All three of his major league hits were against the Royals, including two in one game on 8/3—although Cruz blew a scoring opportunity in a close game by unsuccessfully trying to take third base on an error.

(flip) I obviously do not KNOW Fausto Cruz, but he sure doesn't look like a charming fellow.

In his second Oakland stint, Cruz took the spot of the injured IF Steve Sax—yes, Sax played for Oakland—on the roster. For stint #3, Cruz replaced the demoted RP Mike Mohler.

Though A's legend Mark McGwire didn't hit his 583rd and final home run until 2001, and he'd long been a Cardinal by that time, I like an Oakland Athletic having card #583. The same way I'd enjoy a Giant having card #762 if sets were still that large.

AFTER THIS CARD: Cruz went 5-for-23, albeit with five RBI, across eight start at SS for the 1995 A's. He was then traded to Detroit (for OF Phil Plantier) that winter, got in 14 games for the 1996 Tigers, and never sniffed MLB again.

After spending 1997-98 in the Angels system, Cruz did enjoy a long, productive run in the Mexican League, lasting until 2005. Good for him.

Fausto Cruz appeared in 1995 Score.

Score Keith Hernandez
Score Keith Hernandez

6/17/21 Score Baseball Card Of The Day: 1988 Score #400 Keith Hernandez, Mets

I legitimately wonder if Keith Hernandez is better recognized as the five-time All-Star and 11-time Gold Glove 1B for the Cardinals and Mets, or the fella who briefly dated Elaine, spit on Kramer, and sought a conflicted Jerry's help moving on Seinfeld. Either way, Hernandez surely didn't get much peace walking New York streets in the 1990's.

The 1979 NL co-MVP and batting champion was a Gold Glover and 94-RBI man for the 1982 World Champion Cardinals, but by mid-1983 friction with manager Whitey Herzog as well as off-field issues triggered a trade to the Mets. The following February, Hernandez signed a 5Y/$8.4M extension (high dollars in those days), and in 1986, he helped lead New York—a last-place team when he arrived—to their second World Series championship!

Here, Hernandez—who placed 4th in NL MVP voting in '86—is coming off another solid year. The 33-year-old blasted a career-high 18 home runs, returned to the All-Star Game, and notched his 2,000th career hit 9/17 at Montreal.

THIS CARD: As the "C" indicates, Hernandez was elected team captain for 1987. He abandoned the "C" in 1988 when teammate Gary Carter was elected co-captain but rejected wearing a "C". There were quite a few captains in MLB once upon a time, but I'm not sure there's even one today.

Hernandez's first Score card depicts him in the field, where he could wreak as much havoc as anybody I've ever seen. He was a real weapon on defense, attacking bunts, going after the lead runner—what I'm trying to tell you is Hernandez earned every piece of Rawlings hardware he received.

More from Hernandez's 1987 season: he enjoyed separate hit streaks of 13 and 17 games, and on 8/3 he sunk the Phillies with an 11th-inning walk-off home run off Kent Tekulve—the only such blast of Hernandez's 17-year career!

(flip) Hernandez's #17 was cycled though a variety of (mostly) role players before going out of circulation in 2011...no official reason why. 

This may be the first even-hundred card we've ever randomly pulled in COTD, Topps or Score. Did Score reserve "00" card numbers for stars, as Topps did/does? I've never really investigated, but Hernandez as card #400 sure gives the appearance.

McCarver was briefly a teammate of Hernandez in 1974, by the way. And Willie Stargell of the Pirates was that 1979 co-MVP.

AFTER THIS CARD: Hernandez missed extensive time in 1988 with a hamstring injury, though the Mets did manage to return to the postseason. In 1989, the 35-year-old suffered a broken kneecap, allowing young Dave Magadan to emerge at 1B. That winter, Cleveland signed Hernandez for 2Y/$3.5M, but after being plagued by injuries all year and hitting .200, Hernandez retired halfway through that deal.

Since then, the former #42 pick has enjoyed a long career as a color commentator for the Mets. And let's not forget this ad with ex-NBA star Walt Frazier...it's so cheesy, that it's awesome.

Keith Hernandez appeared in 1988-91 Score.

Score Tony Perezchica
Score Tony Perezchica

6/20/21 Score Baseball Card Of The Day: 1992 Score #702 Tony Perezchica, Indians

(Listening to late 1980's Giants broadcast)

ANNOUNCER: "Up now for the Giants is Tony Perez—"

EXCITED FAN: "Whhhhaaaaa???"

ANNOUNCER: "—chica."

I imagine that happened more than once.

With all due respect to Perezchica, that is about the only way he'd ever be mentioned in a sentence with the Hall-of-Fame slugger Tony Perez. A small infielder with an unreliable bat, Perezchica got in a handful of games with the 1988 and 1990 Giants, then received a longer look with the 1991 squad.

And after that longer look (June and July), Perezchica found himself in Cleveland!

THIS CARD: As hinted at above, defense (and versatility) is why Perezchica sniffed MLB. I think he may be at Yankee Stadium here; Perezchica did play once there in 1991 (Game #162).

Perezchica wears #44, which later gained fame as Richie Sexson's number in Cleveland. Today, it is worn by super-prospect Bobby Bradley. (Perezchica switched to #20 in 1992.)

More from Perezchica's 1991 season: he was actually hot at the plate in June, slashing .360/.385/.520 for my Giants. But then the kid promptly went 2-for-23 and was shipped out. Naturally, Perezchica went 2-for-5 in his first game as an Indian.

(flip) Going by this photo, Perezchica probably didn't lack for female attention during his many days in the minor leagues. He did marry in 1991.

Perezchica is accurately listed as simply an infielder. He found time at SS, 2B and 3B in 1991, making two errors in over 147 defensive innings.

11 homers in 89 games in 1987??? Shreveport's ballpark must have had Polo Grounds configuration, allowing 270-foot homers down the lines and inside-the-park homers to center. No way Perezchica went conventionally deep that frequently.

AFTER THIS CARD: Perezchica saw his final MLB action in 1992, going 2-for-20 across 18 games for Cleveland. He lasted three more seasons in MiLB before embarking on a pro coaching career that continues to this day. Interestingly, he was initially a hitting coach in the Yankees system...what, Mario Mendoza wasn't available?

Since 2004, Perezchica's filled a number of roles in the Diamondbacks organization, including managing in the minors for a time. He joined the big league club as 3B coach for Torey Lovullo in 2017, but as Arizona's active losing streak has reached 17 games as of 6/20/2021, don't be surprised if the hammer drops on Lovullo—and his staff—soon.

Tony Perezchica appeared in 1991-92 Score.

Score Todd Worrell
Score Todd Worrell

6/23/21 Score Baseball Card Of The Day: 1997 Score #392 Todd Worrell, Dodgers

Big Todd Worrell was a pretty good closer for the late-1980's Cardinals—at times, he was even one of baseball's best (as in 1986, when his NL-high 36 saves led to Rookie Of The Year honors).


But when the new decade began, Worrell's right arm went from causing problems for opposing NL hitters to causing problems for Worrell himself; in September 1989 he tore his UCL and soon underwent replacement surgery that sidelined him for 1990. Then, as he attempted to come back in Spring Training 1991, Worrell partially tore his rotator cuff and missed that year as well.

Worrell eventually made a full recovery and by 1994, was once again closing full-time (for the Los Angeles Dodgers, who signed him after the '92 season). Here, playing on a 1Y/$4M deal, Worrell has just wrapped an All-Star 1996 season that aided L.A.'s second straight postseason push.

THIS CARD: Worrell joins C Mike Piazza for what I assume is some postgame lauding. At Dodger Stadium in 1996, the veteran was good on 20 of 24 save ops—including 6-of-6 in September—with a 1.95 ERA.

Worrell kept his familiar #38 upon joining the Dodgers. However, for that team I'll always associate #38 with Eric Gagne. (Today, rookie Dodger OF D.J. Peters claims those digits.)

More from Worrell's 1996 season: manager Bill Russell summoned his closer daily from 8/22-25, and each time Worrell converted the save. That included a three-game set against the Mets during which he allowed one runner and whiffed four over three innings. On 8/12, Worrell nailed down Ramon Martinez's 100th career win, at Cincinnati.

(flip) I do not like when baseball cards/publications omit teams in stat rows for seasons missed with injury. Worrell was STILL a member of the 1990-91 Cardinals even though he did not pitch for them!!! I think this goes back to Little League when one of my injured teammates, who was also a friend, was left out of our team photo.

How do you convert 11-of-14 saves on turf with a 7.15 ERA? Worrell must have gotten destroyed in the three blown saves.

Score, you're mistaken; Worrell also averaged over one K per inning in 1994. Also, I'll fill in those blanks for 1985-86 BAA (.215 and .229 respectively).

AFTER THIS CARD: The Dodgers exercised Worrell's $3.75M option for 1997, and he broke the team's career saves record (126, later upped to 127). But overall, the 38-year-old couldn't keep the ball in the park, blew nine saves, and got only three save ops in September...after which he retired.

Todd Worrell appeared in 1988-91, 1993 and 1995-98 Score.

Score Marc Newfield
Score Marc Newfield

6/26/21 Score Baseball Card Of The Day: 1996 Score #349 Marc Newfield, Mariners

Marc Newfield, a big righty hitter with power, was supposed to stand alongside Ken Griffey Jr. as Seattle's LF at least into the 2000's. Things did not quite work out that way, however.

The 6th overall pick in the 1990 draft, Newfield garnered serious attention with his .307, 19, 51 partial 1993 season for AA Jacksonville—so much so that he jumped all the way to Seattle in July! He was an absolute menace for AAA Calgary in 1994, but by mid-1995 Newfield had managed to hit just .201 across three Seattle stints covering 58 games. 

Here, with a shot at their first-ever postseason berth, the Mariners have sacrificed their once-untouchable young slugger (and RP Ron Villone) in order to nab SP Andy Benes from the Padres at the 1995 deadline. Newfield received 13 September starts in LF for San Diego.

THIS CARD: Here, Newfield in profile resembles the (nonexistent) love child of Adam Jones and Carlos Gomez.

In addition to the #14 Newfield wears here with San Diego, he also had #28 and #27 in Seattle, plus #10 at his final stop...see below. (In terms of performance for and time with the Padres, Carmelo Martinez is probably the best #14 in team history.)

More from Newfield's 1995 season: about three months of it were spent in the minors, but the youngster did put together a 7-for-16 burst for San Diego in mid-September. Also, on 9/29, Newfield's two-run double in the B8th sunk the Dodgers.

Most importantly: he did not hit into any more triple plays.

(flip) It's okay to fixate upon that stat line for 1994 Calgary...nobody hits 44 doubles in a minor league season; they're always called up first!

Newfield did indeed bat Right, but for years I remembered him as a switch-hitter. Figures; I'm the guy who used to "remember" Billy Hatcher, during the 1990 World Series, sitting on the warning track during a play.

Behind Ken Holtzman's pitching, the Oakland A's upped their World Series lead over Cincinnati to 3-1 on the date of Newfield's birth. I'm guessing he did not particularly care who won (Oakland).

AFTER THIS CARD: At the 1996 Trade Deadline, Newfield—and Villone—were on the move again, this time to Milwaukee in exchange for OF Greg Vaughn. Between the two clubs, Newfield earned a career-high 370 AB in '96 and batted .278 with 12 bombs...not a star's numbers, but easily Newfield's best major league showing yet. He opened 1997 as the Brewers' LF.

But a torn rotator cuff that year contributed to a combined .312 SLG over the 1997-98 seasons, leading Milwaukee to cut ties. After doing nothing of note over 11 MiLB games in 1999, Newfield's pro baseball career ended at just 26...amazing.

Marc Newfield debuted as a Draft Pick in 1991 Score, then appeared annually in the 1994-97 sets.