Wednesday, April 29, 2009

1989 Topps Major League Debut #65: Dave Justice

David Justice

PHOTO: I love the photo with all the red, yellow, and blue, not to mention all the autograph seekers in the background. Back in 1989, Justice was called "Dave" before he started using his full first name all the time.

STAT: Just 4 times in history has a player hit 40 HR in a season during which he played for more than 1 team: Greg Vaughn in 1996, Mark McGwire in 1997, Justice in 2000, and Adam Dunn last year.

ANAGRAM: Possible proof that Justice used steroids later in his career: Dave Justice = Juiced as vet

CAREER: 7/10

Justice was a great player who benefited from being in the right places at the right times. He was with Atlanta as they rose from the ashes, then went to Cleveland just in time for their second World Series appearance on the 1990s, then caught on for the tail end of the Yankees' great run, and finally sniffed another post-season appearance with Oakland at the end of his career. In 21 post-season series Justice batted only .224 but did drive in 63 runs in 112 games, an excellent rate for the playoffs.

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