Monday, July 15, 2019

A 1980s Card Part 9- 1988 Fleer Doug DeCinces

Not really a player you'd put on the Cardinals.  

DeCinces played fifteen years between the Orioles and Angels.  Not a Hall of Famer, but a good everyday third baseman for most of the 1970s and 1980s.  He was an All-Star, won a Silver Slugger, and once had a top five MVP finish in 1982.  

He also appeared in 4 games for the 1987 Cardinals.  

The Cardinals were without Jack Clark and Terry Pendleton for parts of the final two weeks of the 1987 season, and DeCinces had been released by the Angels.  The Cardinals needed a power hitter to bridge them over the playoffs, and DeCinces got signed by the team towards the end of September.  He was not eligible for the Postseason, and the team actually released him in the middle of the National League Championship Series a few weeks after he was first signed.  

The Cardinals used a bunch of different players at third during the Postseason.  

They did alright.  

Not sure how Doug ended up with a Cardinals card with just 9 at bats in a two weeks period of time, with his release coming afterwards.  Seems like an odd choice to put into the set, but here we are with a card to remember his time with the Cardinals. 

Doug went on to plead guilty to insider trading, and paid a bunch of fines with the SEC to avoid time in jail.  He also agreed to work as a cooperating witness in another insider trading case.  That's sweet.  

A good movie from 1988.  Bettlejuice.  Bettlejuice.  


1 comment:

  1. I was also excited to pull a DeCinces card back in the day. But gotta admit... I had no idea he played with the Cardinals.