matt luke had a strange season in 1998. the dodgers had picked him up on waivers from the yankees at the end of the previous season, and he began the 1998 campaign as a left-handed bat off the bench. usually in these posts, i will show a card from the player's first tour of duty with the dodgers, followed by one from their in between team and then one from their return stint in la. this post will be a bit different as there weren't many cards issued for luke in 1998; i think the 1998 pacific online card might be the only one. i have a copy, but it's not scanned at the moment. so, this 1999 fleer tradition card will have to suffice.
the indians put a claim on luke, and he was soon off to the al central powerhouse. uke made two appearances for the tribe, both as a pinch hitter, before he was designated for assignment. the dodgers, who had lost hollandsworth to injury right around the time that they waived luke, purchased his contract back from cleveland.
so, within the span of just a couple of weeks, matt luke was a dodger double dipper. upon his return to los angeles, he hit only .213, but he swatted 9 home runs in 69 games. in all, he hit .236 with 12 home runs in 102 games for the dogers in 1998. because of his short midseason stay in cleveland, there aren't any cards (that i know of) showing him in indians' gear. so, instead, here's his 1999 upper deck card