Wednesday, May 9, 2018

1990 Topps Minis #14: Gary Pettis

In our look through the whole 1990 Topps Mini League Leaders set, we're now in Detroit with Gary Pettis.  The cards are in order by team, starting with the AL, and we've already done Baltimore, Boston, California, Chicago (AL), and Cleveland.  Pettis is the only Detroit card, so the next post will take us to Kansas City.
#14, Gary Pettis.
I'm sorry to say that I don't really remember Gary Pettis.  The name is familiar to me, but upon looking up his major league record, none of the details are familiar to me.  He debuted in 1982 with the Angels, playing in 10 games, and similarly was in 22 games in 1983.  He started playing regularly, still with the Angels, in 1984.  He remained there through the 1987 season, then was traded to the Tigers for pitcher Dan Petry.  From 1990 through 1992, he went to the Rangers, the Padres, and back to the Tigers.  The two main highlights of Pettis' career are his 5 Gold Gloves, as he was a great defensive center fielder, and his record as a base stealer, with 354 career steals.
Card back.
Pettis made his way into the league leaders set with his speed, which was his trademark, as discussed above.  He tied for fourth in the AL in steals in 1989, with 43.  The card back also notes that he placed ninth in walks with 84.

Up next is pitcher Tom Gordon of the Royals.  Thanks for reading!

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