Friday, October 3, 2014

1993 TOPPS FINEST: #149 TOMMY GREENE

BRAVES CASTOFF HAD SOME GOOD YEARS LEFT.


FORMED A NICE 1-2 WITH SCHILLING IN '93.



DEFINING THE PLAYER

  • Do not adjust your computer monitor, tablet or mobile device: This is a different shade of Greene covered in red. Tommy Greene follows #148 Willie Greene in the inaugural Finest lineup, and the two also share a bond: On July 4, 1997, Tommy gave up Willie's right-field upper-deck shot in the Astrodome, only the ninth ball to reach that level. That was Tommy's final major-league appearance in an eight-year career hampered by shoulder injuries in which he won only 38 games but threw a no-hitter despite walking seven.

DEFINING MOMENT

  • In his second start of the '91 season on May 23 after starting the year in the Phillies' bullpen, Greene no-hit the Expos at Olympic Stadium, striking out 10 and throwing 130 pitches. It was only his seventh victory of his three-year major-league career.

DEFINING SEASON

  • Greene slotted into the No. 2 spot in the Phillies' rotation in '93 behind #10 Curt Schilling for the NL champs. He went 16-4 with a 3.42 ERA and 167 strikeouts in 200 innings. He had an ERA+ of 116. Fellow 16-game winner Schilling's ERA+ was 99.

FIVE FINAL FACTS

  1. Greene was a first-round pick by the Braves (14th overall) in the '85 draft.
  2. Was part of the deal in August '90 that sent Dale Murphy to the Phillies.
  3. Five days after no-hitting the Expos in '91, Greene shut them out on a three-hitter, walking none and striking out nine.
  4. The two dominating efforts against the Expos came in May during which he allowed only one earned run in 31 innings. He finished the '91 season 13-7 with a 3.38 ERA.
  5. Earned the win in Game 6 of the '93 NLCS, eliminating the Braves 6-3 by pitching seven innings and allowing the three runs on five hits.

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