Chasing Rookies: Wakefield and Davis
In the 14th episode of MISportsNow’s “Chasing Rookies,” we dig into another box from monthly trading card subscription company Collectible Card Club and open packs of Topps, Donruss, Fleer and Upper Deck.
#47 Bruce Fields
A seventh-round selection out of Lansing Everett High School by the Detroit Tigers in the 1978 draft, Fields spent three seasons in Major League Baseball, breaking in with the Tigers in 1986. A leftfielder and pinch hitter, Fields played for the Tigers in 1986 and spent his final two Major League seasons with the Seattle Mariners from 1988-89. Following the conclusion of his playing career, Fields served as the first manager of the Tigers Class A affiliate West Michigan Westcaps. Under his direction, the Whitecaps went 331-220 from 1997-2000 and won the Midwest League championship in 1998.
#144 Luis Salazar
Originally signed by the Kansas City Royals in 1973, Luis Salazar made his MLB debut with the San Diego Padres in 1980 and spent three stints with the Padres (1980-84, 1987, 1989). A third baseman and outfielder, Salazar also spent time with the Chicago White Sox (1985-86), Detroit Tigers (1988) and Chicago Cubs (1989-92). He finished his playing career in 1992 with a .261 batting average, 94 home runs and 455 RBI. Salazar served as a hitting coach for various Minor League teams. He later coached in the Atlanta Braves organization and served as manager of the Class A advanced Florida Fire Frogs in 2018.
#118 Chili Davis
An outfielder/designated hitter who was a switch-hitter, Chili Davis was the first Jamaican born player to appear in a Major League Baseball game. A three-time World Series champion and three-time All-Star, Davis began an 18-year career with the San Francisco Giants (1981-87). He later played for the California Angels (1988-90, 1993-96), Minnesota Twins (1991-92), Kansas City Royals (1997) and New York Yankees (1998-99). Following his retirement, Davis coach with the Oakland Athletics, Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs before moving on to the New York Mets in 2019. He ended his career with a .274 average, 2,380 hits, 350 home runs and 1,372 RBI.
1992 Upper Deck
#798 Doug Jones
A five-time All-Star, Doug Jones broke in with the Milwaukee Brewers in 1982 en route to a 16-year career. A member of the 300 save club, Jones spent time with the Cleveland Indians (1986-91), Houston Astros (1992-93), Philadelphia Phillies (1994), Baltimore Orioles (1995), Chicago Cubs (1996), Brewers (1996-98), Indians (1998) and Oakland Athletics (1999-2000). He tossed an immaculate inning in a save on Sept. 23, 1997, striking out three batters with the minimum nine pitches. The right-hander ended his career with a 303 saves, a 69-79 career record, a 3.30 ERA and 909 strikeouts.
1993 Upper Deck
#66 Tim Wakefield
A two-time World Series champion with the Boston Red Sox (2004, 2007) and member of the Red Sox Hall of Fame, Tim Wakefield broke in with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1992 before moving on to Boston in 1995, where he would spend the final 17 seasons of his All-Star career. When he retired in 2011, he was the older active player in Major League Baseball and ranks second all-time in wins at Fenway Park with 97 and first in innings pitched with 3,006. Wakefield posted a 200-180 career record with a 4.41 ERA and 2,156 strikeouts.