Friday, June 6, 2014

1993 TOPPS FINEST: #140 CHRIS BOSIO

NO-NO DEFINED HIM IN SEATTLE.



WENT 9-9 WITH A 3.45 ERA IN '93.



DEFINING THE PLAYER

  • Chris Bosio was a middling starting pitcher with a 94-93 record, but he enjoyed one shining moment when tossing a no-hitter the same year this card came out. He pitched 11 years for the Brewers and Mariners, compiling a 3.96 ERA in just over 1,700 innings.

DEFINING MOMENT

  • Naturally, it was on April 22, 1993, when Bosio handcuffed the Red Sox 7-0 with the two-walk, four-strikeout no-hitter. It was preserved by shortstop Omar Vizquel's bare-handed putout of Ernest Riles' high bouncer over the mound on the final play. 

DEFINING SEASON

  • Bosio finished with a career-low ERA (2.95) and career-high innings pitched (234.2) in '89 for the Brewers. He was 15-10 and struck out a career-high 173.

FIVE FINAL FACTS

  1. He pitched the first seven seasons in Milwaukee, going 67-62 with a 3.76 ERA.
  2. Signed with the Mariners in December '92 and twirled the no-no in his fourth start, his second at home in the Kingdome.
  3. Bosio was coming off a rough stretch in his life in March '93: His home was robbed in California; good friend and Indians pitcher Tim Crews was killed in a boating accident; his grandfather died; and the woman living in the apartment below his in Phoenix during spring training shot her daughter before killing herself.
  4. Won 10 games during the Mariners' AL West Division championship run in '95 but was hit hard in the ALDS and ALCS, going 0-1 with a 7.62 ERA.
  5. In his second season as pitching coach for the Cubs.

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