RIP Wily Mo Pena. We hardly knew ye.
Daily Archives: September 2, 2009
In the vein of my Randy Johnson rookie review, here are most of Walker’s rookie cards.
One of my favorite things about running this blog is discovering players that I have never heard of; researching their careers is a real joy. Fairey is another one of those players, and looking over his career I can see why I’d never heard of him before. Fairey was signed by the Dodgers as an amateur free agent in 1965 and made the majors in 1968 at the age of 23. His minor league career to that point was actualy fairly impressive; he hit 20 home runs during his first minor league season with Single-A Santa Barbara, hitting .323. Unfortunately, he only managed a .199/.241/.276 line in his rookie major league season (in 99 games). The Expos picked him up in the 68 expansion draft and gave him only sparing ML time in 1969, where he produced a career-high 87 OPS+.
His entire Montreal career spanned from 1969 to 1972, when he had a 245/289/329 line and managed only six home runs. He was particularly weak against lefties, and was almost strictly platooned in his years in the majors. Not much more to say about him, really. Received this card in a trade with a couple of other 71 Expos, and was immediately fascinated. I really like the 71 design – so simple, and yet so nostalgic. Great card.
Ah well, if it’s not one thing, it’s another. First it was the pitching, now it’s the hitting. I guess the upside is that this is a young team who’s learning to get their crap together. One day, oh yes, one day.