Monday, February 2, 2009
#9T Keith Moreland
Moreland's bat looks sort of rubbery in the photo.
This seems like a good time to point out how good the text on the back of these cards is. Take a read on the back of Moreland's card and you learn quite a lot about him. Compare this to the text on the back of his 88 Topps card, or his 88 Topps traded card (which are the same, incidentally.) At least those Topps cards feature complete sentences, a bit of a rarity for Topps from this era. The Score cards, by comparison, are always complete sentences and give a lot more info than the Topps cards.
Score did make some sacrifices in order to fit all that text on there. More to come on that later.
Moreland just crushed Kevin Gross and Bill Gullickson.
I don't have too much to say about Moreland. He benefitted more than most from the homer-crazy year of 1987, taking the opportunity to post his only season with more than 16 homers. As a result, he's remembered in some circles as a home run hitter despite finishing with a career OPS+ of just 104. That's not a terrible number, just not what you'd expect from a true power hitter.
For me, the two other memorable things about Moreland's career are his performance in the 1981 NLDS for the Phillies and his having been traded for HOFer Goose Gossage.