Thursday, September 19, 2013
#215 - Bob Brenly
What a card: Bob Brenly was coming off the best season of his major league career as this card was pulled out of packs. He wouldn't come close to his 1984 season for the rest of his nine years in the majors.
My observation on the front: Brenly's made so many jokes in the broadcast booth about his mediocre career that you may laugh at this photo of him slugging away. But he hit 20 homers and 28 doubles in 1984.
More opinion from me: Brenly is connected to teams I don't like, the Giants and Diamondbacks. And he announced for the Cubs, another unfavorite, all those years. He seems very pleasant, but I just can't trust him.
Something you might know: Brenly led the Diamondbacks to the 2001 World Series title in his first year as a major league manager.
Something you might not know: Brenly didn't start out as a catcher. He was drafted as a third baseman and played the infield for a lot of his six years in the minors (in the majors he tied a record by making four errors in a game at third base). When he got to the big leagues, his game management behind the plate was not respected by Giants manager Frank Robinson. Finally, Brenly and Robinson had it out over what was bothering the manager, and Brenly won the starting catching job.
My observation on the back: Brenly also apparently tied Schmidt's Ohio University mark for home runs in a season with 10.
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