Bryn Smith had a couple of down years between 1986 and 1987. He had been a pitcher who consistently stayed above a 100 ERA+, but he fell to 95 in 86 and 97 in 87.
Jay Tibbs had a particularly ugly shot here. I had to do a lot of cleaning to try to be able to see him, and as you can tell, I still wasn’t very successful. This is why you don’t take shots with that kind of shadow in the background. Terrible lighting; how did this make it past Fleer QA?
Tim Wallach is pretty damn awesome. I had respect for him when he was an everyday player, and now as an Expos collector, I have even more respect for him. He may not have been a superstar, but he was a steady presence that offered good offense and defense at third base for years.
Mitch Webster was considered a pretty big deal for the early years of his career. I guess for good reason. He OPS+ed 132 upon joining the Expos in 85, then continued to hit pretty well. Hell, he hit well for most of his career. I was surprised to see that, considering how “eh” he seemed back in the day.
Jim Wohlford was a part-time player for all of his career, and 1986 was his final year in the league. He had a 96 OPS+, 1 homer, and not a whole lot else to recommend him.
Floyd Youmans is the last of our set. Floyd looked like a budding star in 1986, when he went 13-12 with a 3.53 ERA. Of course, he also led the league in walks. Hmmm. He got it together after that, but his career wasn’t long for the world. He had an alcoholism problem, and was suspended for the majority of 1988 after failing a drug test. He was done after a mediocre year in 1989, though he tried to come back twice. In 1990, the Philadelphia Inquirer wrote, “Floyd Youmans, the once-promising pitcher who has been beleaguered by personal problems since 1987, said yesterday that the trauma in his life had become consuming. “Things in your private life have to be in order before you can be a pitcher,”Youmans said. “I need time off, but I can’t afford time off. Right now, baseball is not my number-one priority.”
Sad story. We’ll look at the 87 update soon.