Friday, March 22, 2013

#158 - Pat Tabler

What a card: Pat Tabler began 1985 fresh off his busiest season thus far, appearing in 144 games for the Indians in 1984.

My observation on the front: Tabler seems entranced by something off camera. It's not really a flattering photo.

More opinion from me: When I think of the typical 1980s average baseball-playing white guy, Pat Tabler instantly comes to mind.

Something you might know: Tabler's most well-known feat was his ability to hit with the bases loaded. He went 43-for-88 for his career, which is a .489 average.

Something you might not know: Tabler and his announcing mate Buck Martinez were ranked among the least -biased team announcers in all of baseball in a Wall Street Journal article last year. Tabler and Martinez have been broadcasting Blue Jays games together for Rogers Sportsnet since 2010.

My observation on the back: Either 28 or 29 players have hit home runs on the first major league pitch they ever saw, depending on where you do your research. (Gaetti is not listed on this site, although other places claim he did hit a home run on the first pitch he faced). The most recent player to achieve this feat was Starling Marte of the Pirates on July 26, 2012.

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