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|GUEST APPEARANCE BY THE PLAYER ON CARD #4.|
DEFINING THE PLAYER
- So who was the Red Sox's only All-Star in 1993 and '94? If you guessed #165 Mo Vaughn, you'd be wrong. If you guessed Scott Cooper, you know your Olde Towne Team as surely as you know Fenway Park's address is 4 Yawkey Way. Vaughn had more deserving stats, but first base was awash in talent back then, and, of course, every team must have a representative. Cooper hit .280 with 22 home runs and 116 RBI combined for those two seasons. After winning the AL East in '90, the Sox averaged only 72 victories from '91-'94.
- On April 12, 1994, Cooper hit for the cycle against the Royals. He doubled in the first, homered in the third, was credited with a triple in the fifth after being thrown out at home going for an inside-the-parker, and singled in the ninth. He added another double in the seventh and finished 5-for-6 with five RBI and 12 total bases. I'll bet Cooper fondly remembers this game at least once a week, maybe more.
- In the majors for only seven seasons, Cooper's best was '94, hitting .282, 13 homers and driving in 53 and posting a 1.7 WAR.
FIVE FINAL FACTS
- Cooper took over third base from #90 Wade Boggs, who left for the Yankees after the '92 season.
- Ironically in both All-Star Game appearances, he replaced Boggs.
- Hit only .230 in '95, became a free agent and elected to play the '96 season in Japan.
- Signed with the Seibu Lions, where he earned the nickname "Super Duper Cooper Scooper'' for his defense. I'd love to hear that said in Japanese.
- The 17th of 18 different Red Sox players to hit for the cycle.