Sunday, August 25, 2013

1964/2013 Counterparts: Fischer and Beachy

1964 Topps #218 Hank Fischer

The Braves signed Hank Fischer out of Seton Hall University, where the 6'0 righty stared on the freshman basketball team. After signing with the team before the 1959 season, Fischer spent two seasons in the minors before making his major league debut for the Braves during the 1962 season.

While his first two season in the majors were spent primarily in relief, Hank finally broke into the Braves starting rotation in 1964- thanks to the offseason trade which sent starters Bob Shaw and Bob Hendley to the Giants. During that third season, Fischer went 11-10 with a 4.04 ERA and a 1.283 WHIP.

After pitching extremely well during the first four months of the season, Fischer struggled mightily during the final two months of 1964. During that stretch, Hank pitched in 15 games (10 of which were starts),
 logging 44 innings and  giving up 35 earned runs. Opposing hitters batted .326 and slugged .487 as Fisher went 2-5 during those last eight weeks of the season.

2013 Topps Heritage #218 Brandon Beachy

Beachy, who is thus far 2-1 in 5 starts following his Tommy John surgery, is set to visit Dr. James Andrews tomorrow after feeling tightness in his surgically repaired elbow and experiencing a huge drop in velocity during his past start. Hopefully it's nothing more than inflammation.

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