Thursday, May 17, 2018

#789 - Luis Salazar

What a card: After playing regularly for the Padres the previous three years, Luis Salazar was limited to part-time status in 1984, brought on by the acquisition of Graig Nettles at third base.

My observation on the front: Dugout cards are always tremendous. Salazar features the additional bonus of the bubble-letter Padres uniform and the flip-sunglasses.

More opinion from me: The Padres should always wear the bubble-letter jerseys. It won't make me like them any more but at least they'll be fun to view.

Something you might know: Salazar's acquisition by the Cubs at the end of August in 1989 helped boost Chicago to the NL East title as he hit .326 in his 25 games with Chicago in September. He also batted .368 in the NLCS against the Giants that year.

Something you might not know: Salazar lost his left eye seven years ago after he struck in the face by a foul liner hit by the Braves' Brian McCann while watching a spring training game in the dugout. Salazar was removed from the game via ambulance but was back coaching a month later. This season he's the manager of the Braves' Florida State League team, the Florida Fire Frogs.

My observation on the back: Willie Wilson has been joined by Ichiro Suzuki (704 in 2004) as the only AL players to reach 700 at-bats. At the time, Wilson held the major league record with 705. That record was broken in 2007 by Jimmy Rollins with 716.

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