Monday, October 12, 2015

1993 TOPPS FINEST: #178 NORM CHARLTON

NOT YOUR NORMAL RELIEVER.



WE SEEM TO HAVE A TEAM DISCREPANCY. 




DEFINING THE PLAYER

  • Although the least well-known member of the 1990 Nasty Boy Reds, Norm Charlton might have made the biggest impact. At least in one game. While seventh-inning specialists usually toil in anonymity, Charlton delivered the quintessential image of the Reds rough-and-rowdy bullpen. It wasn't a punch-out; it was a knock-out of a catcher in a home-plate collision during that magical season. The lefty did plenty of damage on the mound, too, during a 13-year career for five teams. He saved 97 games, won 51 and had a 3.71 ERA.

DEFINING MOMENT

  • On June 24, 1990, against the Dodgers in a Sunday Night Baseball telecast, Charlton, who relieved Rick Mahler in the seventh, was on first base with two out when Joe Oliver doubled down the left-field line in the bottom of the inning. Todd Benzinger scored from second and Charlton ran through third-base coach Sam Perlozzo's stop sign and rumbled toward Mike Scioscia. What ensued was the year's best home-plate collision. Charlton scored -- and also notched the save -- and the Reds went on to win 10-6.

DEFINING SEASON

  • Charlton enjoyed his only All-Star season in '92, teaming up with #180 Rob Dibble as closer. Charlton saved a team-leading 26 games, won four and had a 2.99 ERA.

FIVE FINAL FACTS

  1. Selected 28th in the first round of the '84 draft by the Expos.
  2. Traded to the Reds in '86 essentially for Wayne Krenchicki.
  3. Teamed with Dibble (eighth inning) and #182 Randy Myers (ninth) to form the Nasty Boys, who took baseball by storm, as the Reds went wire-to-wire to win the World Series.
  4. In November '92, Charlton was dealt to the Mariners for #136 Kevin Mitchell.
  5. After one season in Seattle, a lost '94 to injury and being signed by the Phillies, Charlton was reacquired by the Mariners during the '95 midseason. He was their closer down the stretch as they made their first playoff appearance.



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