Monday, August 5, 2013

1993 TOPPS FINEST: #46 JIM ABBOTT


HAD A LOW-TO-MID-90s FASTBALL.




GOOD SHOT OF HOW HE ''WORE'' HIS GLOVE.


DEFINING THE PLAYER

  • Jim Abbott is a Disney sports movie waiting to be filmed. Born without a right hand, he went 87-108 with a 4.25 ERA in 10 seasons. He was the first to play in the majors one-haned since Pete Gray, who lost his right arm in a childhood accident, in 1945. For Abbott to be able to field comebackers and bunts by taking the glove off the end of his right stub and slipping it on his left hand was truly amazing.

DEFINING MOMENT

  • With the Yankees in 1993, he threw a 4-0 no-hitter against the Indians on Sept. 4 at Yankee Stadium, six days after getting shelled by the Tribe for seven runs and 10 hits in 3 1/3 innings. He walked five and struck out three in his 119-pitch gem.

DEFINING SEASON

  • In '91, he went 18-11 with a 2.89 ERA while pitching 243 innings for the Angels. He was third in the AL Cy Young race behind #142 Scott Erickson and #104 Roger Clemens.

FIVE FINAL FACTS

  1. As a sophomore at Michigan, Abbott was named the best amateur athlete in '87. 
  2. Pitched for the '88 Olympic team that won the gold medal when it was a demonstration sport.
  3. Selected eighth overall in the June '88 draft by the Angels.
  4. One of three pitchers (Bobby Witt and #134 Kevin Brown are the others) in the '80s to win their first pro game in the majors (April 24, 1989, against the Orioles). 
  5. Because he played only two seasons in the interleague era, Abbott didn't have to bat often. When he played for the Brewers of the NL in '99, he had two hits in 21 at-bats. Mariano Rivera is on record as saying Abbott belted homers regularly in batting practice. Truly amazing. So who plays Abbott in the movie? Matt Damon?

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