Sunday, March 3, 2013

1993 TOPPS FINEST: #3 BRYAN HARVEY


MARLINS' TEAM MVP IN '93.




TEAL LOOKS GOOD ON POOL FLOATS, NOT BASEBALL UNIFORMS.


DEFINING THE PLAYER

  • Bryan Harvey, he of that distinctive windup featuring a pronounced shoulder turn and a devastating split-fingered fastball, lived the life of a typical closer not named Mariano Rivera or Trevor Hoffman. That is, he had a few great seasons before injuries and ineffectiveness curtailed his career.

FINEST MOMENT

  • On Sept. 19, 1993, against the Cubs, he saved his last game of the season, giving him 45. The Marlins would win only two more games, meaning Harvey had a hand in a major-league record 70.3 percent of the their 64 victories.

FINEST SEASON

  • In '91 with the Angels, he led the AL in saves with 46, finishing a league-high 63 games. He struck out 101 in 78.2 innings and posted a 1.60 ERA. He was an All-Star for the first time.

FIVE FINAL FACTS

  1. Fifth in AL Cy Young voting in '91.
  2. Selected 20th overall in the '92 expansion draft by the Marlins. He was left exposed by the Angels because he injured his elbow in '92, no doubt from throwing all those splitters.
  3. Named rookie pitcher of the year in '88 by The Sporting News.
  4. Second to the Athletics' Walt Weiss for AL Rookie of the Year.
  5. The only major-leaguer from Soddy-Daisy, Tenn, near Chattanooga, which is also known for being the proud home of the Sequoyah Nuclear Generating Station. So that's what gave Harvey's splitter so much bite.

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