1991 Tulsa Drillers AA Texas League

The 1991 Tulsa Drillers finished the season with a record of 58-78, 28 games behind the Shreveport Captains. The poor records makes it hard to believe that the roster included 19 players who would go on to the Show including 19 year old future Hall of Famer, Ivan Rodriguez.

Robb Nen – was a 32nd round draft pick in 1987 who went on to appear in 3 Major League All Star games. He led the National League with 45 Saves in 2001 and his 314 career saves ranks 21st all time.

 

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1991 Wichita Wranglers AA Texas League

I have watched many a baseball game at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium on the banks of the Arkansas River in Wichita, Kansas. I grew up watching the Wichita Aeros, the Chicago Cubs AAA affiliate from 1970 to 1984. After graduating college in the summer of 1980 I worked at the Wichita Children’s Home and I took a group of boys to see Mark Fidrych pitch for the Evansville Triplets vs. the Areos. I cannot remember who won the game, but I do remember Fidrych signing autographs for every one of those boys when it was over though not a one of them had a clue who he was. What I would have given to be able to show those boys a few YouTube videos of the Bird and his eccentric antics on the mound in Tiger Stadium.

In the early 90’s I began taking my own sons to see the Wichita Wranglers when they were the AA affiliate for the San Diego Padres and then the Kansas City Royals. We got to witness up-close the talents of the Alomar brothers, Johnny Damon, and many more. I imagine that my sons were more thrilled to participate in making the world’s largest ice cream sundae and getting to lie on the infield turf to watch fireworks after a game – such are the joys of minor league baseball – but they have very fond memories and a continuing relationship with both minor major league baseball.

Wichita lost the Wranglers in 2007 and I left Kansas the following year, but Lawrence-Dumont will always have a special place in my baseball memory palace.

Here are a few cards from the 1991 Wranglers Roster:

Pedro Martinez – Imagine my shock when I opened this pack of cards! Alas, same famous name from same country, but a couple of years older than THAT Pedro Martinez in the Baseball Hall of Fame. While their major league careers overlapped for 6 seasons, I doubt that they ever appeared in the same game.

 

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1991 Greenville Braves AA

The 1991 Greenville Braves went 84-60 and were managed by Chris Chambliss.

 

Vinnie Castilla played 16 seasons in The Show and ranks 16th all time with 331 double plays turned as a third baseman. He ranks 32nd all time with 1,656 games played at third base and 32nd all time with 3,261 assists.

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Benito Santiago, 1987 National League Rookie of the Year

 

Career Accomplishments:

  • Played 1,917 games at the Catcher position, which ranks 11th all time.
  • 10,816 putouts as Catcher, which ranks 12th all time.
  • Helped turn 230 Double Plays as a Catcher, which ranks 25th all time.
  • Ranks 3rd in Padres team history for Defensive WAR, 8.9, behind Garry Templeton and Ozzie Smith
  • Ranks 9th in Padres team history for Home Runs with 85.

 

 

 

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1991 Harrisburg Senators AA Eastern League

All of the cards on this page are available as a set for just $6 and shipping is free. Send an email message to BigBubbo@yahoo.com if you wish to purchase or talk trade. I personally collect Bob Gibson, Roberto Clemente, St. Louis Cardinals, Cleveland Indians, and Kansas City Royals.

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Chris Haney was called up to the Expos and debuted June 21, 1991. In 1992 he was traded to the Royals and finished his career with with the Indians in 2000.

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1991 Carolina Mudcats AA Southern League

Five of these 16 players from the Carolina Mudcats made it to the bigs, however briefly, fulfilling their dreams.

Paul Miller would go on to debut with the Pirates July 30, 1991 at 26 years of age. He would pitch a total of 26.1 innings over 10 games in the show.

Mandy Romero would go on to debut with the Padres July 15, 1997. His story reminds one of the fictional Crash Davis as Mandy, also a catcher, played minor league ball until the age of 36 while having brief stints with the Padres, Red Sox, and Rockies. He smashed 133 minor league home runs.

Lee Hancock would go on to debut with the Pirates September 3, 1995 and pitched 14 innings in 11 games with an ERA of 1.93.

Stan Fansler and Mike Roesler had already made it to the show prior to 1991, never to return.

All of the cards on this page are available as a set for just $6 and shipping is free. Send an email message to BigBubbo@yahoo.com if you wish to purchase or talk trade. I personally collect Bob Gibson, Roberto Clemente, St. Louis Cardinals, Cleveland Indians, and Kansas City Royals.

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Texas Rangers Rookie Cards

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Let me know if you need any of these to complete your collection.

Send an email message to BigBubbo@yahoo.com about any cards you wish to purchase or talk trade. I personally collect Bob Gibson, Roberto Clemente, St. Louis Cardinals, Cleveland Indians, and Kansas City Royals.

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Ivan Rodriguez 

Ruben Sierra

Jose Hernandez

Dan Smith

Bill Haselman

Gary Mielke