Wednesday, May 15, 2019

#130T - Eddie Whitson

What a card: Eddie "Ed" Whitson signed a five-year, $4.4 million free agent contract with the Yankees on Dec. 27, 1984 after enjoying the best season of his career with the Padres.

How'd that go: A nightmare. Whitson did win 10 games for the Yankees in 1985 but he struggled from the beginning with his new team and ended up feuding with fans and his own manager. By mid-1986, the Yankees dealt him back to the Padres. He's now the poster-child for bad Yankees free agent signings.

Backatya: The 1984 season produced several career highs for Whitson, but he would bounce back from his Yankee experiment to exceed those career bests during his second tour with the Padres in the late 1980s.

Back-to-back: I cannot think of two bigger opposites in terms of MLB uniforms than the Yankee pinstripes and the Padres uniforms of the late 70s to mid 80s.

The flagship card is No. 762 in the set and was originally blogged on March 5, 2018.

The blog wants to speak now: The Other Cards category is updated.

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