Wednesday, December 28, 2011

1977 Topps Baseball #53 - Paul Mitchell

  • Paul Mitchell was all over the place in 1977. He and several other players were caught up in the fallout from Charlie Finley's suit against baseball and started the season in the minors. After Paul came up to the majors in June he didn't show much and was released in August. The Seattle Mariners picked him up and Mitchell pitched better for them.
  • 1977 Stats:
    • Chatanooga (AA) - 0-3, 3.66 ERA in 5 starts
    • San Jose (AAA) - 2-5, 5.29 ERA, 10 games (9 starts)
    • Oakland A's- 0-3, 10.54 ERA, 5 games (3 starts)
    • Seattle Mariners - 3-3, 4.99 ERA, 9 starts
  • 1977 Highlights:
    • March 19 - Was unsigned during spring training and was concerned that A's owner Charlie Finley would send him to the minor league camp. Several other unsigned players had already been sent down. Mitchell did start the 1977 season in the minors and wasn't brought up until mid-June.
    • April 14 - Roughed up in the season opener for the San Jose Missions of the Pacific Coast League. Mitchell allowed six runs in the first three innings, but the Missions came back to win the game 11-6.
    • Aug 4 - Claimed on waivers by the Seattle Mariners
    • Aug 17 - Pitched six innings and earned his first victory of the season. Seattle beat the Minnesota Twins 3-2.
  • Other card blogs: 1980, 1976

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