Giants Cards of the Mid 1970s

Thursday, November 5, 2009

1987 Topps Giants - Part 2 (infielders)

  • Will Clark (#420) batted .308 with 35 HR and 91 RBI in 1987. He had a .580 slugging percentage. Will was 5th in NL MVP voting. How was he left off of the All Star team?

  • Robby Thompson (#658) was the starting second baseman and batted .262 in 132 games. He spent his entire career (1986-1996) with the Giants.

  • Jose Uribe (OOOO-ri-BE!!!!!) (#633) played in 95 games and batted .291, which was a career high. He didn't play from May 28 - July 3 (must have been hurt). He also missed time in early May (May 5-19).

  • Luis Quinones (#362) didn't play for the Giants in 1987. He was released by the Giants on November 10, 1986 and he signed with the Chicago Cubs. He was the guy the Giants got from the Cleveland Indians for Johnnie LeMaster. Luis didn't bat any better than LeMaster. He batted .179 in 71 games for the Giants in 1986 (his only season with the club).

  • Mike Woodard (#286) played in 10 games and batted .211 in 19 at bats. He was released by the Giants on June 29 and signed with the Houston Astros on July 2. Mike spent the rest of the season in AAA Tucson and then signed with the Chicago White Sox. He batted 48 times for the White Sox in 1988 then went back to the minors to stay. He played parts of four seasons (1985-1988) in the majors but spent most of his career (1978-1989) in the minors.

  • Chris Brown (#180) started the season as the starting third baseman but was traded to the San Diego Padres as part of the big deal that netted the Giants Kevin Mitchell, Craig Lefferts and Dave Dravecky. In 38 games Brown batted .242 with six home runs. He struggled with the Padres in '87 and '88 and didn't do very well with the Tigers in '89. Chris was out of baseball after the 1989 season (except for a brief comeback attempt with AAA Indianapolis in 1995). He died of injuries sustained in a house fire in 2006.

  • Harry Spilman (#64) batted .267 in 90 at bats as a utility player in 1987. He was at the tail end of his career at this point (the Giants were the fourth of his five teams). The Giants released Spilman in August 1988 and he signed with the Houston Astros, where he finished his career.

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