Quite some time ago I started to show the whole 1990 Donruss Best of the National League set, going team by team. I've done 8 of the 12 teams so far, so I'll pick up today with the ninth. We're doing the teams in no particular order, and today we have the San Francisco Giants.
First up we have two players who were better known with other teams. Steve Bedrosian won the Cy Young with the Phillies in 1987, saving 40 games with them. He wasn't with the Giants long, and went on to win the World Series with the 1991 Twins. Gary Carter was at the end of his career, spending one year with the Giants before one year with the Dodgers and ending back home with the Expos.
These 1989 Giants won the NL pennant, and lost to their cross-bay rivals, the A's, 4-0 in the earthquake-interrupted World Series. Starting center fielder Brett Butler was their leader in steals with 31. Jose Uribe was the starting shortstop; he died in a car accident at age 47 in 2006.
Starter Scott Garrelts went 14-5 with the team, leading the NL with a 2.28 ERA. He finished 6th in the Cy Young voting. This was Terry Kennedy's second loss in the World Series, as he was also the starting catcher for the 1984 Padres. Kennedy was a four-time All-Star, representing the Orioles in addition to the Padres and Giants.
Then we get to some of the big hitters! Will Clark and Matt Williams were second and third on the team in home runs, with 23 and 18, respectively. Williams only played in 84 games, at that. Clark was also second on the team in RBI with 111, and finished second in NL MVP voting.
The team's home run leader with 47, and the NL MVP, was Kevin Mitchell. Mitchell of course was one of the 1986 champion Mets. After 1989 his production slowed down, and he only hit as many as 30 home runs in a season twice more. Robby Thompson was the starting second baseman, and was familiar to me back then as a 1987 Topps All-Star Rookie.
And we end with two players I don't much remember, Kevin Bass and John Burkett. Bass was an All-Star in 1986 with Houston, and played 1982 through 1995, mostly with the Astros. Burkett had a long career too, pitching from 1987 through 2003, putting together a 166-136 record with a 4.31 ERA and 1 save. Burkett was a two-time All-Star, in 1993 and 2001.
Thanks for reading! I'll see if I can get another installment of this set done for next week.