Tuesday, May 19, 2009
1989 Topps Major League Debut #95: Dean Palmer
PHOTO: Here's another washed-out shot. Too bright.
Interesting that as a rookie he was allowed to wear #16, despite being a September call-up.
Nobody wore #16 for the Rangers in 1988 or 1990 (Palmer was in the minors in 1990.) But Mike Mason wore it in 1987 and Palmer had it again in 1991.
STAT: In the 9 seasons from 1992 to 2000, Palmer had the 4th-most strikeouts in baseball. The good news is that you've got to be fairly productive to get that many strikeouts. Over that same period, Palmer was 17th in homers and 29th in RBI. Fairly productive, at least.
ANAGRAM: Dean Palmer = Re-napalmed = Alarmed pen
Palmer is another "what if" guy, meaning what if he hadn't gotten injured so much. He was "fairly productive" in most years, often posting an OPS+ between 105 and 120, which is very good. He posted 4 different 30-HR seasons but played in 100 games in a season only 7 times in his career. By age 33, he was finished.
Ordinarily, a guy with 275 career HR would get a higher score than 4, but he simply didn't play enough and didn't make enough All-Star teams to earn a higher score.