Wednesday, January 16, 2019

1990 Topps Minis #38: Jeff Russell

We have another of the 1990 Topps Mini League Leaders set today, #38, Jeff Russell.  We're almost through the AL half of the set, but have a few left, including several Texas Rangers.  After that we just have the Toronto Blue Jays, then it's on to the NL.
#38, Jeff Russell.
I can't say that I remember Jeff Russell, but he pitched in the majors from 1983 through 1996.  He started out as a starter with the Reds, and led the league with 18 losses in 1984.  He moved to Texas as became primarily a reliever, and became a two-time All-Star and got some Cy Young votes.  He then played with the A's, Red Sox, and Indians, before closing out his career with a reprise with Texas.  His career numbers are a 56-73 record, a 3.75 ERA, and 186 saves.
Jeff Russell card back.
Russell was the AL Rolaids Relief Man for 1989, and earned his way into this league leaders set with a league-leading 38 saves.  He led the AL with 66 games finished and was 4th in the league in games pitched with 71.

Thanks for reading!  Next up, Nolan Ryan.

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