so, here we are in 1980, and another 1978 topps dodger has seen his career come to an end. at least topps gave ted martinez a card in 1980, unlike teammates lance rautzhan and glenn burke. all three played their final big league games in 1979, but only teddy got a card. here is his 'final tribute'
here's the back, with his complete career stats
i like the double play turn in the cartoon! it's too bad that topps couldn't find any sort of highlight from martinez' 1979 season and had to resort to a couple of plays from the 1978 campaign to write about. they could have mentioned that martinez' final major league hit was an 8th-inning double off of the astros' vern ruhle that came on september 28, 1979, and it started a 5-run dodger rally in a game that they won 6-5. maybe that's too verbose for the back of the card. anyway, martinez was released by the dodgers in early april of 1980, and, although he never did make it back to the big leagues, they must have re-signed him shortly thereafter as he played 86 games for the aaa dukes that same year.
in his second year away from la, tommy john posted a career high in wins with 22 for the yankees.
lee lacy had a pretty good season in 1980, even though he was in a left field platoon with mike easler
rick rhoden returned from injury in june of 1980
here's elias sosa, who spent 1980 in montreal, and so was featured with the proper team on his 1980 topps card for the first time since 1977
tomorrow we'll look at the 1978 topps dodgers who were, in fact, dodgers in 1980.