Saturday, July 27, 2013

1977 Topps Baseball #587 - Rick Baldwin

  • At the beginning of the 1977 season Rick Baldwin was in AAA Tidewater. He was the last player cut by the Mets in spring training. Baldwin put up some good numbers as a reliever in AAA, so the Mets brought him up in May. Rick didn't have as much success with the Mets.
  • After the 1977 season Baldwin was taken by the Seattle Mariners in the Rule 5 draft. He spent the 1978 season in AAA and retired after the season. Rick is now involved in a baseball ministry and is an Elementary Chapel Instructor at Modesto Christian School.
  • It's funny how we often watch things on tiny screens today, kind of like the one shown on this cartoon.
  • 1977 Stats:
    • New York Mets: 1-2, 1 save, 4.45 ERA in 40 games
    • Tidewater Tides (AAA): 4-1, 3 saves, 2.75 ERA in 12 games
  • 1977 Highlights:
    • June 21 - Pitched a scoreless top of the 11th inning, striking out two batters. The Mets scored three runs in the bottom of the 11th to beat the Atlanta Braves 5-2. Baldwin got credit for the win, which was the last of his major league career.
  • Other card blogs: 1976

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