Friday, April 12, 2013

Faux Food-Issue Friday: Yabba Dabba Doo!

Custom 1993 Post Cereal (Fruity Pebbles) Steve Bedrosian

Yes, I love Post Cereal cards from yesteryear. I don't care if they're from 1961, 1990, or 1995- these cards were some of the best food-issues released. While the cards from the 60s had much larger checklists, the 90s/00s featured a much smaller lineups- and those players included were usually the stars. For once, I would like to have seen a reserve player or a reliever-such as Steve Bedrosian.

Bedrock, as Bedrosian was known as, began his major league career with Atlanta. Making his MLB debut in 1981, Steve appeared in 15 games for the Braves and picked up his first career win in only his second game (coming in relief against the Dodgers on August 15th). He then spent the next three seasons in the Braves bullpen before making their starting rotation in 1985. It would be his only full season as a starter.

In December of 1985, Atlanta traded Bedrosian to Philadelphia-where he would spend the next three and a half years. His best season would come in 1987, when he went 5-3 with a 2.83 ERA and 40 saves. That season netted Steve the NL Cy Young Award.

After two seasons in San Francisco and one in Minnesota, Bedrosian missed all of the 1992 season due to a condition which caused numbness in two fingers on his pitching hand. Signed by Atlanta in December of 1992, Bedrock finished his career with the Braves by working out of the 'pen during the 1993, 1994, and 1995 seasons.

Like a Rock
Steve Bedrosian 1993 Season
5 wins, 2 losses
1.63 ERA
49 Games
49.2 IP
33 Strikeouts
0.966 WHIP

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