Tuesday, March 4, 2008

1989 Topps - Kenny Rogers

Chose a rookie card today because I am supposed to start training a new hire at work today. Number 104T in the 1989 Topps Traded set is The Gambler making his first ante.

Kenny was actually signed by the Rangers as a free agent in 1982. He pitched in the minors until 1989 when he got the call. He stayed with Texas until the end of the 1995 season when he was granted free agency and signed with the Evil Empire (New York Yankees). In 2000 Kenny returned to Texas and put in three more seasons with the team. He was with the Twins in 2003 and then back to Texas for 2004 and 2005.

Rogers' career ERA is over 4.00 but is under the league average for the same time. He is also considered one of the better fielding pitchers. Kenny is not too shabby but he knows it and that can cause some problems. Based on his last departure from Texas I have a hard time seeing him back in a Rangers uniform. A shame really because it seems that Texas can always use decent pitching.

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