The 1988 Project Phase 2 Day 8: San Diego Padres

It’s weird to think that this is Jack McKeon‘s first card as Padres manager since he was such a mainstay back then. Keith Moreland turned out to be a pretty mediocre pickup that year, and it’s not surprising they traded him to the Tigers in the offseason. Mark Parent seemed to hang around forever, so it’s weird to see him as a rookie. Like a lot of former catchers, he’s a manager these days. Dennis Rasmussen always seemed like one of those guys who was just there, a fourth or fifth pitcher, and the numbers bear that out. I love that his nickname was “Count Full Count.” Finally, Dickie Thon (a candidate for the great sports name hall of fame if I’ve ever heard it) seemed to be a guy that plagued my wax back then, annoying me with his mediocrity. After reading the story of his beaning, I have a heart for him. I had no idea, and that sucks.

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