Tuesday, November 12, 2013

1993 TOPPS FINEST: #81 FELIX JOSE


FOR ONE SEASON, HE EARNED THOSE STARS.




PLAYED THREE SEASONS IN K.C.


DEFINING THE PLAYER

  • Felix Jose won't make any list of the all-time greatest players with two first names, which always will be headlined by Hank Aaron. The one-time All-Star played with five teams in 11 years and hit 54 home runs, drove in 324 runs and batted .280. He had four consecutive seasons with double-digit steals. 

DEFINING MOMENT

  • Playing for the Cardinals after the Athletics traded him the previous season, Jose was named to the 1991 NL All-Star Game at SkyDome. On July 9, he entered as a replacement for #84 Andre Dawson in the fourth inning and singled to right off #22 Rick Aguilera in the eighth in the AL's 4-2 victory.

DEFINING SEASON

  • In '91, Jose got over 500 at-bats for the first time and hit a career-high .305 with eight homers, 77 RBI, 173 hits and 20 steals.

FIVE FINAL FACTS

  1. When he came up with the Athletics, the switch-hitting Jose drew comparisons to #122 Eddie Murray, Reggie Smith and #66 Bobby Bonilla.
  2. But the Athletics, in need of a center fielder after Dave Henderson was injured in '90, traded Jose and two other players to the Cardinals for Willie McGee.
  3. Jose was the Player of the Week from May 20-26 in '91, going 13-for-26 with five RBI.
  4. Was successful on only 64 percent of his stolen-base attempts.
  5. Like #161 Julio Franco, Jose refused to stop playing just because he couldn't find a job in the majors. After last playing for the Diamondbacks in '03 at age 38, he went on to fill DH roles in the Dominican Republic, Korea, Mexico and independent leagues.

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