Friday, January 30, 2009

Blocked at the plate.

Don Werner played in just 24 games for Texas in 1981 and 1982. He signed and returned this 1983 Topps card in just six days.

Don lasted seven seasons in the bigs with the Reds and Rangers. Three of those years he appeared in less than ten games. His highest number of games was 50 in 1978 for the Reds.

Werner's biggest problem was that he played behind two of the best catchers ever, Johnny Bench and Jim Sundberg. Obviously Bench was the better of the two but Sunny was just about unbelievable on defense. Gotta feel a little sympathy for Don. Traded from the Reds and thinking that he was now away from Bench only to find Sundberg in the way.


Johngy said...

Despite the stars in front of him, I wonder why he didn't hang around longer. Backup catchers can have long careers.

Spiff said...

True. I thought of you Johngy, and your backup catcher's HOF, when posting this card.

tastelikedirt said...

Gotta love the way he signed the card, rolling up his back.

Shane said...

Agree with you TLD, I love how his signature follows his body.