09 January 2013

dessens double dipped

another day, another break from double play cards.  don't worry - they'll be back tomorrow.  i think.  in the meantime, here's the next post in one of my ongoing topics - double dippers!

[this is the forty-seventh installment in the double dippers posts.  here are the previous posts - brett butler, omar daaleric young, nick willhitechris gwynn, mickey hatcherdave anderson, don zimmerrafael landestoy, dave hansen, jose vizcaino, hideo nomo, greg maddux, mike madduxjon garland, chan ho parkvicente romogene mauch, denny lewallyn, von joshua, joe moellerdioner navarro, rudy seanez, bart shirleyrandy wolf, ismael valdes, bobby castillo, mike devereaux, pete richert, jay johnstone, jesse orosco, lee lacy, giovanni carrara, jeff weaverted sizemore,  orel hershisertom goodwinjoe fergusoneddie murraymatt lukeken mcmullen, tim wallach, jerry grotedon suttonralph branca, and todd hundley.]

elmer dessens first came to the dodgers in an august, 2004 trade with the arizona diamondbacks.  he wound up appearing in 12 games for the dodgers over the remainder of the regular season, making one start and finishing with a 1-0 record and a 3.20 era.  that lone start that dessens had came in game 161 which is also the game in which steve finley hit the walk-off grand slam to send the dodgers to the postseason for the first time since 1996.

in the postseason, dessens appeared in game one of the nlds against the cardinals, allowing a mike matheny solo home run in 1.1 innings of work.  that was enough for topps to make a card, ok - half of a card, of dessens in their 2005 topps total release

sharing space with kelly wunsch.  wunsch, by the way, had his career end when he was injured while warming up in the bullpen at coors field in july of 2005.  that's not the way anyone wants to go out.

dessens remained with the dodgers for the 2005 season, and posted a 1-2 record with a 3.56 era in 28 appearances (7 of which were starts).  after the season ended, dessens signed with the royals as a free agent. he received a card of his very own in upper deck's monstrous 2006 flagship set
in kansas city, dessens was used exclusively in relief, and compiled a record of 5-7 with a save and 9 holds in 43 appearances before he was dealt back to the dodgers for odalis perez and a couple of minor leaguers.  in his second stint in la, dessens was 0-1 in 19 games with a 4.70 era, and he was featured in topps' 2006 update and highlights set with what i believe is his only solo dodger card.
dessens was traded to the brewers towards the end of spring training in 2007, and went on to pitch for milwaukee and colorado that season.  he pitched for the braves in 2008, and finished his career with two seasons as a met.

here's to you, elmer dessens - a dodger double dipper!

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