Chasing Rookies: Strawberry, Percival and Alou
In the ninth episode of MISportsNow’s “Chasing Rookies,” we dig into our seventh box from monthly trading card subscription company Collectible Card Club and open packs of Upper Deck and Donruss.
#68 Darryl Strawberry – Rookie
Selected first overall by the New York Mets in the 1980 draft, Strawberry won National League Rookie of the Year honors in 1983 and won four World Series titles, including three with the New York Yankees. The 1988 NL home run leader, Strawberry was an eight-time All-Star and two-time Silver Slugger award winner. He played 17 seasons in the majors before retiring in 1999 and ended his career with a .259 average, 1,401 hits, 335 home runs and 1,000 RBI.
Upper Deck 1991
#726 Rob Deer
Taken by the San Francisco Giants in the fourth round of the 1978 draft, Deer spent 11 seasons in the majors including three with the Detroit Tigers before retiring with the San Diego Padres in 1996. A right fielder, Deer posted a .220 career batting average with 230 home runs and 600 RBI.
Upper Deck 1992
#739 Mark Carreon
Drafted by the New York Mets in the 1981 draft, Carreon spent 10 seasons in the majors including one season with the Detroit Tigers in 1992. The first baseman and outfielder closed out his career with the Chiba Lotte Marines on Japan’s Pacific League. Carreon posted a .277 average with 69 home runs and 289 RBI.
Upper Deck 1993
#297 Moises Alou
Drafted second overall by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1986 draft, Alou won a World Series with the Florida Marlins in 1997 and was a six-time All-Star and two-time Silver Slugger Award winner. An outfielder, Alou was involved in the infamous Steve Bartman incident during Game 6 of the 2003 National League Championship Series. Alou spent 17 seasons in the majors before retiring with the New York Mets in 2008. He ended his career with a .303 average, 2,134 hits, 332 home runs and 1,287 RBI.
Upper Deck 1996
#289 Troy Percival
A 2002 World Series champion with the Anaheim Angels and a four-time All-Star, Percival was drafted by the Angels in the sixth round of the 1990 draft. The right-hander spent 10 of his 14 seasons with the Angels and appeared for one season with the Detroit Tigers in 2005. Percival, who ended his career with a 35-43 record with a 3.17 earned run average and 781 strikeouts, currently ranks 10th all-time in saves with 358.