Wednesday, October 14, 2015

1993 TOPPS FINEST: #179 ERIC ANTHONY

COULD HIT THEM A COUNTRY MILE.



BUT COULDN'T MAKE CONTACT CONSISTENTLY.




DEFINING THE PLAYER

  • Eric Anthony came out of nowhere. He went from high-school dropout working at a plastics company to major-leaguer. While his nine-year career didn't amount to too much -- .231/.305/.397 with 78 homers and striking out twice as much as he walked -- he left his mark as a prodigious slugger capable of reaching the outer-reaches of any park.

DEFINING MOMENT

  • It was one of those tape-measure shots at the Astrodome that had everyone talking on May 17, 1990. Facing the Cubs' Mike Morgan, Anthony became the first Astro to park one in the right-field upper deck, 440 feet away. The first was Jim Wynn in '70. 

DEFINING SEASON

  • After failing to hit over .200 in parts of his first three seasons, Anthony showed some promise in '92, hitting a career-high 19 homers and driving in 80. He slashed .239/.298/.407.

FIVE FINAL FACTS

  1. Selected in the 34th round of the '86 draft.
  2. Received a tryout by the Astros that year and got their attention with several long BP homers.
  3. In the minors in '88-'89, covering Class A through Triple-A, Anthony bashed 91 homers. He added four more for the Astros in his major-league call-up in '89.
  4. Followed up his '92 season by batting a career-high .249 in '93, adding 15 homers and 66 RBI.
  5. Traded to the Mariners in the '93 off-season for Mike Felder and Mike Hampton, who would win 76 games and sport a 3.59 ERA over seven seasons.

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