Wednesday, April 3, 2019

1990 Topps Minis #41: George Bell

We have another of the 1990 Topps Mini League Leaders set, today with #41, George Bell.  The teams are alphabetical by geographic location, with the AL teams first, then the checklist, then the NL teams.  So today we begin the last of the AL teams, Toronto.  Soon we'll move on to Atlanta.
#41, George Bell.
George Bell was in the AL, so I didn't know too much about him, other than that he was the 1987 AL MVP.  The Blue Jays had a lot of talent back then but it seemed hard for them to put it all together for a few years.  Bell was with the Jays until 1990, and it wasn't until 1992 that they had the first of their back-to-back World Series wins.  Bell played with the Cubs in 1991, and then with the White Sox in 1992 and 1993 before retiring.  Bell is a member of the Carribean Baseball Hall of Fame and the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame.
George Bell card back.
Bell earned his way into this set by finishing 4th in the AL in doubles in 1989, with 41.  His home run production had declined significantly from his 1987 AL MVP year, but his RBI numbers were still solid, finishing sixth in the AL with 104.  He also tied for sixth in runs and placed tenth in hits.

Thanks for reading!  Next up are a few more Blue Jays.

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