Thursday, January 9, 2014

1993 TOPPS FINEST: #94 JOE CARTER


PROTOTYPE RIGHT-HANDED POWER HITTER.



HIT A HOMER FOR THE AGES.


DEFINING THE PLAYER

  • Even the most popular search engine knows what Joe Carter is famous for. Google his name and the first suggestion that pops in is "home run.'' Carter hit one of the most famous bombs in postseason history in 1993, the second ever to end a World Series. He had a pretty good 16-year career that gets lost among his postseason exploits. He hit 396 home runs and drove in 1,445 runs as a free-swinger who never had more than 49 walks in any season. That historic homer was the last in a postseason career that spanned five series and established him as one of the best money players around. In 29 games, he hit six homers and drove in 20. Carter is also known for being traded four times for perennial All-Star talent.

DEFINING MOMENT

  • On Oct. 23, 1993, in Game 6 of the World Series against the Phillies, Carter came up in the ninth with the Blue Jays trailing 6-5. #49 Mitch Williams put two on with a walk and single. The Phillies needed two outs to force Game 7. Instead, Carter ended it by lining a 2-2 pitch over the left-field fence. Bill Mazeroski is the other player to end a World Series ('60) with a homer. Google "Bill Mazeroski'' and the auto fill is "stats.''

DEFINING SEASON

  • It's easy to forget Carter once played for the Indians, and he had his best season for them in '86. He hit a career-high .302 and drove in a major-league-leading 121 runs while adding 29 homers.

FIVE FINAL FACTS

  1. Carter was The Sporting News' College Player of the Year for Wichita State in '81 and was taken by the Cubs second overall in that year's draft.
  2. The Cubs traded him in June '84 to the Indians in a package for Rick Sutcliffe
  3. Carter became a star with the Indians, but they sent him to the Padres in December '89 for #26 Sandy Alomar, #57 Carlos Baerga and Chris James.
  4. The biggest trade Carter was part of occurred the next off-season, when he was sent to the Blue Jays along with #88 Roberto Alomar for #106 Fred McGriff and #36 Tony Fernandez
  5. Carter is the only player to record the final out of one World Series (catching Mike Timlin's throw at first in Game 6 of the '92 World Series) and ending another at the plate.

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