Monday, March 23, 2009
1989 Topps Major League Debut #11: Blaine Beatty
PHOTO: Holy overexposure. The colors on Beatty's face and jersey are almost washed out due to the flash photography. This should have been a pretty sunny day. What's the deal?
This card also exposes a flaw in the set from this year. Have you noticed the two colored frames immediately outside the photo? On this card, one is orange and one is blue. That's perfectly nice. Topps picked those colors on each card to match the team colors. But there are just too many damn colors on the borders of these cards when you consider the 2 frames, then two different shades of gray on the corners, all the red, and all the dots.
STAT: In his career, Beatty struck out 10 different guys, each once. The list incldues Barry Bonds, Bobby Bonilla, Delino Deshields, and Marquis Grissom.
Beatty appeared in just 7 major-league games, and he cost the Mets Doug Sisk to acquire. Sisk had almost outlived his usefulness by that point, but not entirely. The price was too steep in any event.
But then, get this. Later, the Mets traded Beatty away for Jeff Barry, another guy of whom you've probably never heard. Then they traded Barry away for Pedro Martinez. Not this Pedro Martinez, the other one. Martinez never actually appeared for the Mets, though.