Saturday, April 6, 2013

1993 TOPPS FINEST: #15 BIP ROBERTS


DOESN'T HAVE BROTHERS NAMED BAM AND BOOM.




GOT MILK OR ANOTHER REDS CARD?


DEFINING THE PLAYER

  •  Bip Roberts was a versatile and speedy top-of-the-order switch-hitter for 12 years for six different teams, averaging 36 steals a season and playing the outfield, second and third. He always struck me as a happy-go-lucky major-leaguer as the short video below illustrates.

DEFINING MOMENT

  • With the Indians in Game 2 of the 1997 World Series against the Marlins on Oct. 19, Roberts hit a seeing-eye ground ball that eluded pitcher Kevin Brown, shortstop Edgar Renteria and second baseman Craig Counsell in the fifth inning that scored two runs. It broke open a close game and led to the Indians winning 6-1 and tying the series. 

DEFINING SEASON

  • The year this card came out, Roberts was coming off his first and only All-Star season in '92, setting career marks in average (.323), on-base percentage (.393) and OPS (.826) with the Reds. He stole 44 bases and scored 92 runs and finished eighth in NL MVP voting. 

FIVE FINAL FACTS

  1. Five-foot-seven Leon Roberts got his his cute nickname from reading Superman comics and being captivated by the screaming captions. You know, "Bam,'' "Boom'' and "Bip.'' Bip stuck.
  2. Played seven seasons with the Padres, where he hit 20 of his career 30 home runs.
  3. Tied the NL record with 10 consecutive hits in '92.
  4. Went 2-for-2 with two RBI in his only All-Star appearance in '92 in San Diego, entering the game in the seventh inning to play left field.
  5. Currently a Giants studio analyst for Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.



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