Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Delino Deshields-the Montana Non-Signer
I got lucky and a fellow SCN member located somewhere a few hours from Billings posted that he was going to a Mustangs game and would get things signed for a few dollars each. I jumped at the opportunity and I'm very pleased with how the card turned out. I guess since Delino hasn't signed much over the years, his signature still maintains a resemblance to his actual name, especially his first name.
Delino had a 13 season big league career from 1990-2002; one of his career highlights was finishing second in the 1990 National League Rookie of the Year balloting to the Braves' Dave Justice. He played for the Expos, Dodgers, Cardinals, Orioles and Cubs and the trade the sent him from the Expos to the Dodgers for Pedro Martinez is considered one of the worst that the Dodgers franchise has ever made. He played from the Orioles from 1999 until mid-2001 when they released him due to his struggles at the plate.
Bop was the Expos' 1st round draft pick(12th overall) in 1987, and his son, Delino Jr., was the Astros' #1 draft pick(8th overall) in the 2010 draft. I guess that gives Junior temporary bragging rights, he just has to have a decent Major League career to keep up with his dad.
Born in Delaware, Delino Sr. currently has the most all-time Major League at-bats for a player born in "the first state" and was inducted to the states' Hall of Fame in 2006. I wonder how many other people are in their HOF? There aren't too many people to choose from; maybe they should rename it the Delino De-Hall of Fame.
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