Tuesday, April 21, 2009
1989 Topps Major League Debut #49: Mark Guthrie
PHOTO: This is a fairly crap photo, but I also can't shake the feeling that Guthrie looks a lot like Terry Francona.
STAT: Not too many people think of Guthrie, but the guy does make the top 50 since 1901 for most games pitched.
Guthrie hung around for a long time because he was a lefty and he was pretty good. Most of his seasons were a little above or a little below league-average, but he posted a few great years in 1992 and 1996, as well as his final 2 seasons of 2002 and 2003. (He probably could have kept on pitching if he had wanted to.)
He was in lots of trades involving good players: Kevin Tapani, Rod Beck, Dave Martinez, Steve Trachsel, David Justice...