Thursday, July 3, 2014

Who Would Have Thought?

Who would have thought I would ever want to purchase cards of a player on the Phillies?

Well, only when those cards feature Dale Murphy.

I was pretty excited about the latest edition to my Murphy collection- this one from the 2001 Topps Traded set. 

The 20-card set focused on players who had been traded at some point in their careers. Murphy is one of only four players from the set who are not in the Hall of Fame- so yes, the fact that the featured players would trade places was very surprising to fans of the teams and/or players.

Looking at Dale's career stats recently, I noticed that he played a lot fewer games as a Phillie than I thought. As I look at the number of cards showing Dale in a Phillies uniform, it seems like he would have been there much longer; but he only played one full season in the City of Brotherly Love.

Who would have thought that one of the game's most durable players of the eighties (he didn't miss a game for four seasons-between 1982-1985- and then only missed eleven between 1986 through 1988) would have such a tough time getting on the field in 1992?

After having been traded to Philly on August 3, 1990, Murphy appeared in 57 games in his new uniform that summer. The 1991 season would be his final full season, playing in 153 games at age 35- though his production certainly was nowhere that of his prime. Knee problems would limit his time on the field during the 1992 season to just 63 plate appearances over 18 games. He would begin his final major league season with the expansion Colorado Rockies during the 1993 campaign- getting 42 at-bats in 26 games. And then, the career was over.

Who would have thought that $1.05 could be money so well spent.

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