Monday, July 12, 2010

Minor League Monday - Greg Tabor, 1987 ProCards.

Greg Tabor, seen here on card number 153 of the 1987 ProCards set, played shortstop and second base with Oklahoma City in 1987. In total he appeared in 137 games for the Eighty-Niners. It was a career high in games played in a season for Tabor.

Greg had been the first round draft pick for Texas in the 1981 draft and had begun playing for the organization the same year. By the end of 1982 he was in Double A with the Tulsa Drillers. There he seemed to stall. He played for Tulsa for two more seasons before getting moved up to OKC for the 1985 season. Two seasons later he was still there.

1987 would be Greg's high water mark in professional ball. On September 10th he would make his major league debut. He would appear in nine games for the Rangers, four of those appearances would be as a pinch-runner. One would be as a designated hitter. All told Greg would only play in the field in four Big League games. On October 4th he would trot onto a Major League ballfield for the final time.

On March 17, 1988 the Rangers would include Tabor in a trade with the Cubs. He would put one more season in with the Cubs' Triple A affiliate and then hang up the spikes for good. Maybe Greg didn't make a big splash with the Rangers but at least he got a taste of The Show.

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