08 June 2009

2 out of 3 ain't bad

no offense to jack perconte, but he's clearly the 'other guy' on this card. perconte had the (mis)fortune to share his rookie card with two true dodgers future stars, mike scioscia and fernando valenzuela. perconte played a total of 22 games for the dodgers over the course of the 1980 and 1981 seasons, totaling 6 hits in 26 at bats. after the 1981 season, he was packaged with rick sutcliffe and traded to cleveland for jorge orta, jack fimple, and larry white. the indians traded him to seattle along with gorman thomas a couple of years later.

it was in seattle that perconte had his best seasons, playing as a full-time second baseman for the first time in his career in 1984. he hit .294 that year, with 93 runs scored, 180 hits and 29 stolen bases. in 1985, he stole 31 bases despite playing in 30 fewer games. he also hit the only two homeruns of his career in 1985, both leadoff shots.

perconte spent 1986 with the white sox as a late season call up, and although he re-signed with the dodgers prior to the 1987 season, he would not appear in a regular season game for them.

here's to you, jack perconte!

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