Wednesday, September 30, 2015

1993 TOPPS FINEST: #173 JUNIOR FELIX

IT'S ANYONE'S GUESS HOW OLD HE IS.



DIDN'T AGE LIKE FINE WINE.



DEFINING THE PLAYER

  • Age isn't just a number when you're an athlete. By the time the Marlins acquired Junior Felix, 25, for their 1993 inaugural season, suspicion was emerging faster than his gray hairs that the Dominican was 10 years older than his birth certificate suggested. Nobody outraces Father Time; Felix played only one more season. Add it up, and his six-year career didn't add up to much. He slashed .264/.317/.413 with 55 homers and 280 RBI. 

DEFINING MOMENT

  • Felix had a career game with the Angels on April 30, 1992. He went 4-for-4 with six RBI in the 8-5 victory over the Indians. He hit a three-run homer and added a stolen base.

DEFINING SEASON

  • Before the Angels surprisingly left him unprotected in the expansion draft, Felix drove in a career-high and team-leading 72 runs in '92 while batting .246. In his final two seasons, he would drive in a combined 71 runs. 

FIVE FINAL FACTS

  1. Signed by the Blue Jays as an amateur free agent in '85.
  2. Dealt to the Angels in December '90 as part of the trade that sent Devon White to the Jays.
  3. Hit the first pitch he saw in the majors for a home run off Kirk McCaskill on May 4, 1989.
  4. Nearly a month later, he hit an inside-the-park grand slam against the Red Sox at Fenway Park.
  5. When confronted by the Angels during the '92 season about his age, Felix reassured the club he was indeed born in '57, er, '67, and that his family had a history of prematurely graying men. 

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