Tuesday, January 27, 2009
#2T Danny Jackson
So as far as I can tell, this update set has the same design as the base 1988 Score set, except for the color of the cards. These are a type of orange that didn't exist in the base set. The base set had yellow cards, as well as a sort of dark orangish-yellow (plus blue, purple, green, and red.) This color was new for the update set. I think it would have been nice if they'd chosen a color not so similar to two of the colors used in the base set.
As with the base set cards, notice that there is a subtle color change going from top to bottom of the card. The color is more saturated at the top.
Jackson faced 4 players whose last name is also Jackson. Can you guess them all? If you guessed Bo Jackson, start over. They were teammates.
It's a great debate whether Jackson deserved more consideration for the 1988 Cy Young Award than he received. Orel Hershisher won it unanimously despite both pitchers posting identical 23-8 records. True, Hershiser was better in most other statistical categories and also rung off that great scoreless inning streak.
How about each guy's neutralized 1988 stats:
Jackson: 18-10, 2.99 ERA, 1.121 WHIP
Hershiser: 19-9, 2.75 ERA, 1.188 WHIP
Hershiser was better, but not by much. I'm surprised that Jackson didn't get even 1 first-place vote.