Wednesday, March 18, 2009

1989 Topps Major League Debut #5: Eric Anthony

Eric Anthony

PHOTO: This has got to be a spring training photo, just mainly by the fact that his cap appears to have #63 written under it. Anthony might want to think about closing the Velcro on his batting gloves before taking a hack.

STAT: Anthony had 78 career homers, including 4 games with 2 homers each. Interestingly, in 3 out of 4 of those games, both his homers were solo shots and he had no other RBIs in the game. His team lost 2 of those 4 games, too.

CAREER: 3/10

After some big homer years in the minors, Anthony was a fairly highly-regarded prospect, but I'm not sure why. His performance in the big leagues was pretty much in line with usual projections based on minor league performance. He was a pretty decent part-time player who put together some decent seasons.


  1. One of the many unfortunate picks I made when I had a fantasy team back in the mid-90s.

  2. In 1990, Anthony hit a gigantic home run into the upper deck of the Astrodome in right field. The dear girlfriend and I were there the next day and snuck up (the Astros weren't selling the upper deck that day, and the concourses were roped off) and took a glimpse out of the runway nearest where it landed. Man, home plate was far away and below.

    We went back to the concourse and ambled along toward left field to check out the (very similar) view from near the Toy Cannon seat, and eventually a security guard showed up and very gently chased us off. We went back downstairs.

  3. Nice story, Chipmaker. It reminds me of a somewhat similar experience I once had. My family took a trip out to San Francisco in 1992. Will Clark was in a slump, and when my dad and I got to the ballpark very early, Clark was taking extended batting practice before the game with very few other personnel on the field. He was hitting ball after ball deep into the stands, but because nobody was around, the reverberation of each ball ricocheting off various seats and metal decks was loud and really cool to hear. The crack of the bat, followed quite a few seconds later by clanging in home-run territory, followed again by the crack of the bat. It was sweet.