Tuesday, June 9, 2009
1989 Topps Major League Debut #126: Kevin Tapani
PHOTO: The mesh pattern against his bare chest gives Tapani the appearances of having sizable man-boobs (which I do not believe he had.) Nice blue-unity, though, between the blue warm-up and blue seats.
STAT: Since 1975, Tapani's 1998 season ranks as 3rd-worst ERA+ for a guy with 19 or more wins.
ANAGRAM: Kevin Tapani = I eat pink van
Tapani was a very average pitcher who lucked himself into some high win seasons, such as the one mentioned above. He appeared in the post-season with 3 teams, including the Twins in 1991, but didn't pitch particularly well. He was a key component of three significant trades: the bob Welch/Afredo Griffin/Jesse Orosco deal in 1987, the Rick Aguilera/Frank Viola deal in 1989, and the Ron Coomer trade in 1995.