Friday, December 12, 2014

1993 TOPPS FINEST: #167 DANNY TARTABULL

LEFT YOU WANTING MORE.


SAID HIS YANKEE YEARS WERE LIKE BEING IN JAIL.



DEFINING THE PLAYER

  • With the Winter Meetings just concluded, Danny Tartabull's Finest card is featured at the perfect time. He was part of one of baseball's most surprising trades during the annual Hot Stove swap meet on Dec. 10, 1986. A couple months after hitting 25 homers and finishing fifth in the AL Rookie of the Year voting for the Mariners, he was sent to the Royals for Scott Bankhead and Steve Shields. While Bankhead won an average of seven games a season in his five years in Seattle, Tartabull slugged an average of 25 homers in his five seasons in Kansas City. In his 14-year career with six teams, Tartabull hit 262 homers, drove in 925 and slashed .273/.378/.496.

FINEST MOMENT

  • On July 6, 1991, three days before playing in his first All-Star Game, Tartabull became the first Royal to homer three times in a game at Kauffman Stadium. He victimized #151 Bob Welch in of the Athletics in the second and sixth innings and Gene Nelson in the eighth. He finished 3-for-4 with four RBI. As the starting DH in the All-Star Game, he went 0-for-2.

FINEST SEASON

  • Tartabull put together a top-notch '91 season, hitting 31 homers and driving 100 runs. He hit a career-high .316 to go along with a .397 on-base percentage and led the majors in slugging with a .593 mark.

FIVE FINAL FACTS

  1. Tartabull, the son of former major-leaguer Jose Tartabull, came to the Mariners in '83 as a free-agent compensation pick from the Reds.
  2. Hit 43 homers for Triple-A Calgary in '85, paving the way for his major-league breakout the following season.
  3. The '86 AL Rookie of the Year ballot was loaded with sluggers: #99 Jose Canseco (the winner), #59 Wally Joyner, Cory Snyder, #158 Ruben Sierra and Tartabull. They made up five of the first six places with Blue Jays pitcher Mark Eichhorn.
  4. Supposedly, Mariners manager Dick Williams, a known player hater, didn't care for Tartabull or his defense and was a driving force behind the trade to the Royals.
  5. While Tartabull never took home any awards nor won any championships in the majors, he can lay claim to this: Southern California's "Most Wanted'' deadbeat dad last year, according to the Los Angeles County Child Support Services. He's accused of failing to pay a little more than $276,000 in child support for two sons. Well done, Danny. Well done.

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