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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The Cubicle of the Unique - Member #4 Steve Bedrosian

Since I still don't have 2011 Topps, I can't show off my Diamond Giveaway cards today.  So I figured why not have a new inductee into The Cubicle of the Unique.  For those of you new to The Cubicle of the Unique, an explanation is provided here.

For the rest of you, let's share the winning image of inductee #3 Benito Santiago.

This had to be the winner.  In my mind this is one of the most iconic cards of all time and definitely the most iconic "common" card.  After many years of sub par photography along came 1991 Topps and this classic overhead shot.  The runner up cards would have easily won for some other players, but nothing was beating this card.  Thanks all around to the voters from last time.

Moving right along, it's time to induct another member to The Cube.  We have so far enshrined a staring pitcher, an infielder, and a catcher, so I had two ways to go with this one.  I chose to go with a relief pitcher next saving an outfielder for slot #5.

Ladies and gentlemen, the fourth inductee to The Cubicle of the Unique.

Relief Pitcher
Steve Bedrosian
(sound of one hand clapping)

 Steve Bedrosian had a 14 year major league career with 4 different teams.  He began his career in 1981 with the Atlanta Braves and pitched there until a December 1985 trade to the Phillies.  Philadelphia was where Bedrosian has his best individual success, culminating with his winning the NL Cy Young Award as a closer in 1987.  From 1989-1990, Bedrosian was the closer for the Giants, but did not have the same success as with the Phillies and was traded to the Twins before the 1991 season.  He only pitched one season in Minnesota (no info for 1992...hurt? retired?) and in 1993 rejoined the Braves for three years before calling it a career.

Career Highlights
1987 NL Cy Young Award 
1987 Rolaids Relief Award winner
7th in NL Rookie of the Year voting in 1982
Pitched in two World Series, once on the winning side in 1991 with Minnesota
1987 National League All Star (his only appearance)
Had an awesome Billy Mays-esque beard

Career Lowlights
For some reason, his salary decreased following his Cy Young Award season from $1.05 million to $925,000
Had a 7-15 won loss record in 1985, his lone year as a starting pitcher

Votes for Mr. Bedrosian's enshrinement plaque can be entered by comment, as always.  The candidates are the cards shown above.  Once again, your votes are encouraged and highly appreciated.

*UPDATE* - I have added a poll in the upper left hand sidebar for your voting pleasure.

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