Chasing Rookies: Clemens and Reynolds
In the 19th 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 and Fleer.
Before embarking on a lengthy career as a manager, Scioscia spent his entire playing career with the Los Angeles Dodgers from 1980-92. As a catcher, Scioscia made two All-Star games and won a pair of World Series championships. Scioscia went on to manage the Los Angeles Angels from 2000-2018, winning the 2002 World Series and being named American League Manager of the Year in 2002 and 2009. As a catcher, Scioscia batted .259 with 446 RBI and 68 home runs. He ended his managerial career with a 1,650-1,428 record.
One of the most dominant pitchers in Major League Baseball history, Clemens made 11 All-Star Game appearances, won seven Cy Young Awards and a pair of World Series titles with the New York Yankees in 1999 and 2000. Clemens made his debut with the Boston Red Sox in 1984 before closing out his career with the Yankees in 2007. The right-hander earned American League MVP honors in 1986 and led the league in strikeouts five times and MLB in wins four times and ERA seven times. Clemens finished his MLB career with a 354-184 win-loss record, a 3.12 ERA and 4,672 strikeouts. Clemens was alleged in the Mitchell Report to have used anabolic steroids towards the end of his career, but was found not guilty in June 2012 on six counts of lying to Congress during Congressional proceedings on the matter. He has yet to be inducted into Cooperstown.
Drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the first round of the 19080 secondary phase draft, Reynolds made a pair of All-Star game appearances and won three consecutive Gold Gloves (1988-90). The 1991 Roberto Clemente Award winner and 1987 American League stolen base leader, Reynolds played for the Mariners (1983-92), Baltimore Orioles (1993) and California Angels (1994). He ended his career with a .258 average, 1,233 hits, 21 home runs, 353 RBI and 250 stolen bases. Following his retirement, Reynolds has worked as a TV analyst for MLB Network and Fox Sports.
Drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1976, Power spent most of his career as a relief pitcher. Power spent time with the Dodgers (1981-82), Cincinnati Reds (1983-87, 91), Kansas City Royals (1988), Detroit Tigers (1988), St. Louis Cardinals (1989), Pittsburgh Pirates (1990), Cleveland Indians (1992-93) and Seattle Mariners (1993). Power ended his playing career with a 68-69 record, 70 saves, 701 strikeouts and a 4.00 ERA. He later went on to serve as a minor league coach.