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worthlesstradingcards:

1992 Donruss Triple PlayShane Mack#197
Mack was a very good hitter who was a big piece of the Twins going from worst to first in 1991, hitting .310/.363/.529 with 18 homers, 74 RBI, and 13 steals in 442 at-bats. The next season, he hit .315/.394/.467 with 16 HR, 75 RBI, and 26 steals in 600 at-bats.

An impending free agent when the players’ strike ended the 1994 season early and canceled the World Series, Mack decided to take a guaranteed payday in Japan once the work stoppage dragged on well into the offseason. In January of 1995 he signed what was then “the biggest contract in the history of Japanese baseball” by inking a two-year deal with the Yomiuri Giants worth $8.1 million.
In retrospect it’s natural to question his decision, but Mack was already 31 years old when he became a free agent for the first time, the strike continued into 1995, and that was incredible money for a non-superstar back then. Only eight AL players made more than $5 million in 1994 and baseball’s highest-paid player was Bobby Bonilla at $6.3 million. Mack hit .284/.356/.463 during two seasons in Japan and then returned to MLB with the Red Sox in 1997. [aarongleeman.com]

worthlesstradingcards:

1992 Donruss Triple Play
Shane Mack
#197

Mack was a very good hitter who was a big piece of the Twins going from worst to first in 1991, hitting .310/.363/.529 with 18 homers, 74 RBI, and 13 steals in 442 at-bats. The next season, he hit .315/.394/.467 with 16 HR, 75 RBI, and 26 steals in 600 at-bats.

An impending free agent when the players’ strike ended the 1994 season early and canceled the World Series, Mack decided to take a guaranteed payday in Japan once the work stoppage dragged on well into the offseason. In January of 1995 he signed what was then “the biggest contract in the history of Japanese baseball” by inking a two-year deal with the Yomiuri Giants worth $8.1 million.

In retrospect it’s natural to question his decision, but Mack was already 31 years old when he became a free agent for the first time, the strike continued into 1995, and that was incredible money for a non-superstar back then. Only eight AL players made more than $5 million in 1994 and baseball’s highest-paid player was Bobby Bonilla at $6.3 million. Mack hit .284/.356/.463 during two seasons in Japan and then returned to MLB with the Red Sox in 1997. [aarongleeman.com]

robosheep:

Target Field knows who’s birthday it is.

robosheep:

Target Field knows who’s birthday it is.

cardroulette:

1966 Topps #283 Jim Perry 

cardroulette:

1966 Topps #283 Jim Perry 

vintagesportspictures:

Bert Blyleven (1970)

vintagesportspictures:

Bert Blyleven (1970)

cardroulette:

1994 Donruss Studio #196 Kent Hrbek

cardroulette:

1994 Donruss Studio #196 Kent Hrbek

jake-o-fett:

Got to meet my favorite baseball player, Brian Dozier, tonight. My girlfriend and I brought this giant cardboard cutout head of Dozier that he signed as well!

twinsbaseball:

Started from the bottom.

twinsbaseball:

Started from the bottom.