I have finally come to grips with the fact the my team, THE RAYS, are not in the playoffs this year, and although I am not happy about it, I am over it. It is time to move on, and enjoy the greatest time of the sports year! Right now we have PLAYOFF BASEBALL, NFL FOOTBALL, COLLEGE FOOTBALL, and HOCKEY!!!! Could it get any better? So to show that I have moved on with the 2009 season, I decided to go back in time..... 24 years or so..... The year was 1985, the cards are 1985 Topps Traded!!! Lets take a look at what the 2 of the 4 teams left in the 2009 Playoffs were up to in 1985 as far as trades were concerned..... We will start with the National League........
First we have the PHILLIES.......
RECORD 75-87 Finished 5th in the NL EAST
Mike Schmidt led the team with 33 home runs
Von Hayes finished the year hitting .263
Kevin the scuff Gross led the team in wins with 15..... MORE ON THIS NICKNAME IN A FUTURE POST!!!!!!!!
Here are the Phillies cards from the 1985 Topps Traded Set:
Derrel Thomas played in 63 games hitting .207 with 4 home runs
Kent Tekulve went 4-10 in 58 appearances and had a 2.99 era
Rick Schu played in 112 games at third. He hit .252 and drove in 24 runs
Steve Jeltz played 89 games at shortstop and hit .189
Don Carman was 9 and 4 as a reliever with a 2.08 era in 71 games
Dave Rucker wend 3 and 2 in 39 games with a 4.31 era
No game changers in this bunch....
Next I proudly present the 1985 Traded Los Angeles Dodgers:
RECORD 95-67 Finished 1st in the NL West
Pedro Guerrero led the team with 33 home runs
Guerrero also finished the year hitting .320
Orel Hershiser led the team in wins with 19 and only 3 loses. His era was 2.03 WOW!!!!!
Mariano Duncan started 142 games at short and hit .244 with 38 stolen bases!!!
Ken Howell was 4 and 7 out of the pen with 56 appearances.
Al Oliver played in 35 games and hit .253. He only had 79 at bats.
Bobby Castillo was 2-2 with a 5.43 era in 35 games. He made 5 starts but only pitched 68 total innings.
No world beaters here either, although Duncan was a solid pick up.....
I have always loved the 80's traded sets. I don't know if it is the bright day glow backs, or the whiter card stock that makes me love them so! Don't worry all you American League fanatics out there, I will post what the Yankees and Angels were up to in due time...... For all the rest of us out there who do not have a team left in the dance? Who would you like to see your team trade for, and what would you be willing to give up to get them?
The Card Addict