Thursday, March 7, 2013

1993 TOPPS FINEST: #7 SCOTT COOPER


REVERSE POSE OF CARD #2.




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. 

FINEST MOMENT

  • 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.

FINEST SEASON

  • 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

  1. Cooper took over third base from #90 Wade Boggs, who left for the Yankees after the '92 season. 
  2. Ironically in both All-Star Game appearances, he replaced Boggs.
  3. Hit only .230 in '95, became a free agent and elected to play the '96 season in Japan.
  4. 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.
  5. The 17th of 18 different Red Sox players to hit for the cycle.

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