Tuesday, March 26, 2013

64/13 Counterparts: #53 Menke & The Rev

1964 Topps #53 Denis Menke

  The back of Denis Menke's card calls him a 'jack of all trades'- and it certainly held true over the course of his thirteen seasons in the bigs. Menke appeared in at least 100 games at four different positions (third base-841 games, shortstop-420, second base-233, and first base-162 games) during his career. As one who played so many positions, you would think Menke was strictly a back-up, but that's not the case; he was often a starter at the four different positions.

  Denis had his best season in the majors in 1964, when he set career highs in homers (20), slugging percentage (.479), and doubles (29). His finest moment during that season: September 7th, at Chicago, in the first game of a double header. He torched the Cubs that day going 3-4 with a double, 2 Homers, 3 RBI, 4 runs scored, and 1 walk.

2013 Topps Heritage #53 Tyler Pastornicky

  The Rev, as Pastornicky is often called, may never have as long of a career as Menke did, but he should get more service time in the majors down the road. Whether or not it's with the Braves remains to be determined. He won't give you much defense, but could provide some speed and a right-handed bat off the bench.

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