Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Random Topps Card of the Day: 1994 Topps Traded #121T Rick White

Thanks to the Topps Card Randomizer, introducing the Random Topps Card of the Day for Tuesday, October 1, 2013:

  • Official Card Set Name and Card Number: 1994 Topps Traded #121T.
  • Player Name, position, team: Rick White, pitcher, Pittsburgh Pirates.
  • Major League Debut: April 6, 1994.
  • Last Line of Statistics: 1993 stats (Buffalo - AAA-American Association): 7 G, 28 IP, 0-3, 13 H, 11 ER, 16 SO, 8 BB, 3 GS, 0 CG, 0 SHO, 0 SV, 3.54 ERA.
  • Any special information about player: Drafted by the Pirates #15th, June 1990. Bats: right. Throws: right.
  • Number of regular Topps Cards (includes regular and traded cards only): 4. This is his first Topps card.
  • Blurb on the back: "Pittsburgh's bullpen was of the committee variety in 1994, but the chairman was White, a former minor league starter."
  • Commentary: Richard Allen White made the Pirates roster out of Spring Training in 1994, and made his MLB debut 3 games into the season against the Giants (a 13-pitch, 1-2-3 bottom of the eighth inning effort). He finished his rookie season with a 4-5 record, finishing 23 games, saving 6 of them. He had a respectable ERA of 3.52 to go with 38 strikeouts and a WHIP of 1.274 in 43 games, 75.1 innings pitched. After another season with the Pirates, White did not return to the majors until 1998, as a member of the expansion Tampa Bay Devil Rays. His journeyman career began after two-plus seasons in Tampa Bay, beginning with the Mets (2000-2001), Rockies and Cardinals (2002), White Sox and Astros (2003, and although he ended his season in Houston, his 2003 Topps Traded and Rookies card features him as a member of the Pale Hose), Indians (2004), a return to the Pirates (2005, where he earned a 4-7 record in 71 games pitched, 23 games finished, 2 saves), Reds and Phillies (2006), a second stint with the Astros, and finally finishing his 2007 campaign with the Mariners. In 12 years, White accumulated a record of 42-54, a 4.45 ERA, 16 saves, 167 strikeouts, and a WHIP of 1.379 in 613 career games. Although his MLB career spanned 12 seasons, White only appears on 4 cards in Topps' regular sets (the eponymous Topps brand and the Traded/Update sets). His last appearance on any kind of Topps card was in 2005 Topps Total, a combo card shared with fellow Bucs pitcher Brian Meadows.
  • Lo-Hi Beckett value: $0.08-$0.25.
  • How many cards of this player do I own?: 4 cards.

Tomorrow's card will be: 1991 Topps Traded #3T. Post will arrive at 1:00 PM CST. Post will arrive at 1:00 PM CST. We're looking back at a card from 1991 here on the blog tomorrow.


JayBee Anama

P.S. Okay, so I promised new and improved...but couldn't figure out what to add to this. I actually had time to write a commentary with research. Maybe I'll conclude with a scan of the back of the card. Here you go. jba

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