Tuesday, June 9, 2009

1989 Topps Major League Debut #127: Stu Tate

Stu Tate

PHOTO: Wake up, Stu!

STAT: What do Shawn Abner, Joey Cora, and Mike Pagliarulo have in common? They were the only guys to get a hit off Tate.

ANAGRAM: Stu Tate = Statute.

CAREER: 1/10

Tate pitched just 2.2 innings in the majors, although he got 4 strikeouts and no walks with a league-average 3.38 ERA.


  1. Suddenly, in mid-windup, Stu Tate thought back to Susie Parker, his tenth-grade crush. When he had called to ask her to the semi-formal, she said she was washing her hair. For the first time in his life, Stu suspected that Susie was being less than truthful.

  2. The shortness of Stu Tate's name just underlines how fantastic the name Ed Ott is. As hard as Stuart tried to shorten his name to seven letters, he still couldn't top Ott's glorious 5.

  3. Hard to believe that after all these years, somebody has finally tied Ed Ott for shortest baseball name. (For those who do not know, Felix Pie now going by the nickname "Fi", giving him a 5-letter name as well.)

  4. It would make sense if his last name was prounounced Pye... but Fi Pee-Ay? Not sure about that...

    Just too bad that Tate didn't record an out in his second appearance. Defense didn't help him either with the two unearned runs.

  5. That was a joke on my part, of course.