Tuesday, June 23, 2015
#425 - Mike Hargrove
What a card: Mike Hargrove was entering his final major league season as a player when this card was issued. He recorded 352 at-bats in 1984, which was the fewest for Hargrove in a nonstrike season since he started his MLB career in 1974.
My observation on the front: I'm pretty certain this is a posed shot.
More opinion from me: I liked Hargrove a lot as a kid, but it's all due to his 1976 Topps card.
Something you might know: Hargrove was the AL Rookie of the Year in 1974, but is probably known more now for managing the Indians, Orioles and Mariners between 1991-2007.
Something you might not know: Hargrove is ranked 76th all-time in on-base percentage. To put that in a little perspective, only active players Joey Votto (22nd), Albert Pujols (53rd), Miguel Cabrera (63rd) and Joe Mauer (70th) rate higher.
My observation on the back: Hargrove started the 1979 season with the Padres, but was traded to the Indians in mid-season. I remember being annoyed that I would never see Hargrove in a Padres uniform on a baseball card.
The blog wants to speak now: The Ballgames category is updated.