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Friday, February 25, 2011

The Cubicle of the Unique - Member #5 Danny Tartabull

It's time again for another inductee to The Cubicle of the Unique.  Once again here is the explanation of the Cube for you new viewers.  Before we get to the new member let's take a look at the accompanying image for our latest member Steve Bedrosian.

Steve Bedrosian was a tough call because he had no real memorable photos.  This was my choice by default as well, just for the feathery 80s hair.  Thanks to everyone for voting, remember this is a lot more fun for everyone with active participants.

Moving along to the newest inductee.  Last time I promised an outfielder to go in with pick #5 and this time I will deliver.  If he were here I'm sure he'd say 'That's correct, Johnny." (Bonus points if you get the reference)

Ladies and gentlemen, the fifth inductee to The Cubicle of the Unique

Danny Tartabull
(sound of one hand clapping)

Danny Tartabull had a 14 year major league career with 6 different teams.  He was originally drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in 1980, but was selected in the short-live free agent compensation draft by the Mariners in 1983.  He was selected as a member of the 1986 Topps All Star Rookie team, while finishing 5th in the competitive AL Rookie of the Year race. After the 86 season he was traded to the Royals where he had arguably his greatest success.  He spent five years in KC finishing in the top 20 in MVP voting twice.  Following the 1991 season, the Yankees (who else?) made Tartabull the highest paid player at that point in a free agent signing.  He was pretty good in New York but at the trade deadline in 1995, the Yanks shipped him to Oakland for aging slugger Ruben Sierra in a perceived salary dump.  He spent his last full year with the White Sox in 1996 to moderate success.  His last year in Philadelphia lasted a total of 3 games following an ankle injury and he quietly retired.

Career Highlights
1986 Topps All Star Rookie Team
One of the few two-time Donruss Rated Rookies (1985,1986)
AL All Star starter in 1991 (his only All Star appearance)
Had 3 30 homer seasons and 5 100 RBI seasons
Appeared in two different episodes of Seinfeld as well as an episode of Married with Children

Career Lowlights
Appeared in 1406 career games with no postseason (tied for 83th most all time)

Votes for Mr. Tartabull's enshrinement plaque will be accepted for one week.  The poll is on the left below Peak Features in case you didn't see it.  As always, your votes are highly encouraged and appreciated.


Orioles Magic said...

I definitely prefer any non-Yankees cards, but unfortunately I remember "The Bull" mostly as a New Yorker.

The Lost Collector said...

I remember Tartabull well...He was a needed big bat at a time when the Yanks didn't have too many. Mattingly's career was winding down, Boggs was hitting for average, and O'Neill and Bernie were starting their Yankee careers. He got the raw end of the deal - the Yanks would have made the post season in 1994 but it was wiped out due to the strike. In 1995, he was traded at the deadline for Ruben Sierra.

I voted for 1993 Topps front. The shades are pretty cool too. 1993 was his best year as a Yankee, and I remember watching the game where he hit his 30th HR, also resulting in his 100th RBI.

Ryan G said...

I like the UD card front, because you don't see enough cards of someone fielding. It's pretty difficult to get a good shot anyway. Granted, it's not too exciting, but it's different. And it honors time he didn't spend with the Yankees. And as Ryan said, I prefer non-Yankees cards. (Not that I have anything against them.)

Play at the Plate said...

I like the UD card front as well, even though those card backs had some interesting photos as well.