Monday, March 4, 2013

1993 TOPPS FINEST: #4 CARLOS GARCIA


CHECK IT OUT: IT'S CHARLIE SHEEN. 




FROM '94-'96, HIT EXACTLY 6 HRs: 6-6-6.


DEFINING THE PLAYER

  • Carlos Garcia took over at second base for the Pirates in 1993 after starter Jose Lind was traded to the Royals following the '92 season. Garcia had only 67 at-bats in three seasons with the big club, but the Pirates' confidence in him would pay off.

FINEST MOMENT

  • In the '94 All-Star Game in Pittsburgh, Garcia singled to center off #154 Randy Johnson in the sixth. Big Unit then picked him off. But that didn't damper the cheers at Three Rivers Stadium for their lone Pirate All-Star. He finished 1-for-2 in his only All-Star appearance.

FINEST SEASON

  • During that first full season in '93, Garcia batted .269 with 12 homers, 47 RBI and 18 steals. He'd never reach double-figures in homers again in his 10-year career.

FIVE FINAL FACTS

  1. Ninth in the '93 NL Rookie of the Year voting, which #199 Mike Piazza won unanimously.
  2. Delivered a pinch single in his major-league debut Sept. 20, 1990, against the Cubs' Bill Long.
  3. First career homer was an inside-the-parker off #184 Orel Hershiser on April 16, 1993.
  4. This is not Garcia's rookie card nor even his first Topps card; he was part of the Topps Major League Debut set in '91.
  5. Garcia will manage the Pirates' Double-A affiliate, the Altoona Curve of the Eastern League, this season.

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