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Thursday, November 27, 2014

One Out Of Three

According to baseball-reference.com, there are 38 players who have MLB service time who were born on November 27th.  Of those 38, I have cards of four of them.  I didn't feel like digging through my binders to find an Ivan Rodriguez card (sorry Pudge), but I did have Padre cards of three of them, all conveniently located in my Team Set binder.

The title of this post alludes to the percentage of these three who actually played a game with the Padres: only 33.3%.

Mike Scioscia is shown here in the '93 Mother's Cookies set, one of my all time favorites.  After spending 13 seasons with Los Angeles, Scioscia tried to find work with the Padres in 1993.  He was injured in Spring Training, and later tried to catch on with the Rangers.  Neither case worked out, so Mike ended his career having played all of his games for on one team: the Dodgers.

Dave Giusti was the third round pick of the '68 Expansion Draft for the Padres.  Before the draft, he played with Houston in parts of six seasons, leaving with a 47-53 record with a 4.02 ERA.  However, at the end of the draft, the Padres hadn't picked up a third baseman, so before the season started, Giusti was dealt to the Cardinals for Phil Knuckles, Dan Breeden, Ron Davis, and future Padres third baseman Ed Spiezio.  He would go on to lead the league in saves in '71 (30) and be an All Star in '73, both with the Pirates.

Dan Spillner is the lone player who actually played a game with the Padres.  He was a second round draft pick in 1970, and broke into the majors with the club in '74.  He'd play four full seasons in San Diego, before being traded to Cleveland in the middle of the '78 season.  After going 16-35 with a 4.38 ERA in his first three seasons as a starter, he was moved to the bullpen and lowered his ERA to 3.73 the following season.  His last season was in 1985, at the age of 33.  Ten years later, he received a $486,000 settlement after it was found that he was one of the players who was forced out of the game via owner collusion, when they were trying to keep salaries down for veterans.

Well, it's probably not much of a Thanksgiving post, but I will say that I have a lot to be thankful for.  It's pretty easy to forget that when focusing on the negative things that happen in life, but when it comes right down to it, I have a beautiful wife and great kids, a job that helps me provide for them, and we live in a great country.  God has definitely blessed us.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  And Happy birthday to Mike, Dan, and Dave!


  1. Happy Thanksgiving, Marcus! Love the Scioscia "zero-year" card.