Saturday, January 2, 2016

That's a Lot of Bull

One of the best additions to my Chipper collection in the past year was from a 1992 Durham Bulls team set that was sponsored by the Durham Herald-Sun newspaper.

The 1992 Bulls team- then an Advanced Class-A team for the Braves- went 70-70 under manager Leon Roberts and featured 8 future MLB players: Tyler Houston, Chipper Jones, Melvin Nieves, Brian Kowitz, Kevin Lomon, Mike Potts, Carlos Reyes, and Brad Woodall.

While four of the players (Nieves, Houston, Reyes, Woodall) had a few years of MLB service, none (obviously) matched the success of Jones. Not bad for a kid who was drafted by Atlanta only because of the team's concerns about signing Todd Van Poppel, who was drafted at 14 and then later signed a $1.2 million deal with Oakland that was, in the words of then-Braves assistant scouting director Rod Gilbreath, "in the same ballpark, and we could have compromised."

I guess those words coming out of the mouth of Hank Van Poppel (Todd's dad) about his son not going pro due to his commitment to the University of Texas were just a bunch of bull.

1 comment:

  1. Yea, I don't think the Braves lost any sleep about that decision in the ensuing years. Really cool find!