Wednesday, February 3, 2010

1990 Fleer #4 Jim Corsi

#4 Jim Corsi
Random Thoughts: Although Corsi's career in and of itself was rather inconsequential, he was one of those "witness to history" types who often found himself at the right place at the right time. To get an idea of what I mean, watch the video at the end of this post for a tour of some of Corsi's career memorabilia.

Cosri was actually drafted by the Yankees in the 25th round of the '82 draft. I know what your thinking, but no, he was not traded with other good prospects for some established star the Yanks needed. In fact, he was cut by New York in '84 before being signed and released by the Red Sox on two separate occasions from '85-'87 without catching a whiff of the bigs. Corsi's first big break occurred when Oakland picked him up in the spring of '87. A year later he finally got called up to the show and appeared in eleven games. In '89 Corsi finished 14 games for the A's (none of them saves) while posting an impressive 1.88 ERA. He spent all of 1990 in the A's farm system before being cut during the winter. Signing with Houston in '91, Corsi went 0-5 before being dumped again, only to re-sign with Oakland the following spring. There he had his best season going 4-2 with a 1.43 ERA in middle relief. Nevertheless he was left unprotected in the '92 expansion draft where he was selected with the 49th pick by the Marlins. His ERA ballooned over 6.00 and he was released only to re-sign with, you guessed it, the A's. He spent a couple decent years coming out of the A's pen, even vulture-ing his way to a 6-0 mark in '96. In '97 he signed with Boston, pitching a few more seasons before finishing his major league career with Baltimore in '99.

The Card Itself: Standard card pose but the place looks packed. Must have been a big game. I wonder if Corsi pitched that day?

Did You Know?: Corsi appeared in a total of five post season games during the '92 ALCS with Oakland and the '98 ALDS with Boston.

Where Are They Now?: Not sure what Corsi is up to but I did manage to find a few recent pics and video clips on the net.

'90 Fleer Counters:

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER: 1
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: 1
ALL-STAR: 1
SILVER SLUGGER: 1

3 comments:

Dave said...

There is nothing I love more about baseball cards than obscure players from obscure sets. This definitely qualifies. Excellent work Jeffrey.

Jeffrey Wolfe said...

Thanks Dave, glad you're enjoying this as much as it's been for me to research. =)

The Wax Wombat said...

That was a really nice post. I enjoyed reading about someone who sorta sounded familiar, but then I realized I was thinking of Corgi toys...