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Thursday, February 3, 2011

The Cubicle of the Unique - Member #3 Benito Santiago

Before we induct the third member to the Cubicle of the Unique, I will share the winning image of our second inductee Walt Weiss.


For me it was 50-50 with this card or the 95 Topps back mentioning the John Fogerty classic "Centerfield," so I am content with this selection.  I have redesigned The Cube a little (and probably will again eventually).  You can see all inductees into The Cube here.  Thanks very much to our one voter, BA Benny, last time (cmon people it's just a comment).

In viewing the potential third inductees to The Cube, I noticed a small trend.  There will be quite a few catchers.  So why not add as our third member of the Cube one of the two newest candidates, a catcher and a baseball card icon.

Ladies and gentlemen, the third inductee into The Cubicle of the Unique.

Catcher
Benito Santiago
(sound of one hand clapping)






Benito (or Benny to Topps) Santiago had a 20 year career in the major leagues playing for 9 different teams.  He is probably most remembered for his time with the San Diego Padres winning 4 Silver Sluggers and 3 Gold Gloves in his 7 years there.  After his contract ran out in San Diego spent the rest of his career with one or two year stints on many clubs.  Santiago had a serious off season car accident in which he suffered a broken pelvis costing him most of the 1998 season in Toronto.  He had a slight career resurgence in San Francisco in the early 2000s before ending his major league career in 2005 with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Career Highlights
1987 N.L. Rookie of the Year
Set major league record for consecutive game hitting streak for rookies with 34 in 1987.
5 time N.L. All Star, 2 as a starter
2002 N.L.C.S. MVP with the Giants

Career Lowlights
Led the NL in catching errors 6 times and passed balls 3 times
Led the NL in Grounding into Double Plays in 1991
Linked to steroids in both the Mitchell Report and Game of Shadows during his Giants stint


Votes for Mr. Santiago's enshrinement plaque can be entered by just leaving a comment.  The candidates are shown above.  For me the winning image is a no-brainer, but I will go with the majority once again.  As always, your votes are both encouraged and appreciated.

4 comments:

lifetimetopps said...

The 91 Topps, though the Shades one is interesting as well.

lifetimetopps said...

The 91 Topps, though the Shades one is interesting as well.

night owl said...

'91, easily. It's one of the best cards in the set, and there are a lot of great cards in that set.

SpastikMooss said...

I agree with everyone above me. But hey I voted!