Tuesday, December 8, 2015
1980 Topps - Larvell Blanks.
The second base-shortstop designation on the front of Larvell's 1980 card is very accurate. He played in just 68 games for the Rangers in 1979 while serving as a backup to second baseman Bump Wills and shortstop Nelson Norman. Blanks would get just 138 plate appearances in 1979. Neither his .200 batting average nor his .259 on-base percentage were particularly impressive.
Being a role player in the late 70's and early 80's in Texas was a good way to find yourself on a new team. It happened to Larvell Blanks on December 6, 1979 when he was traded to the Atlanta Braves. Once again he would be joining a pitcher in making the move, this time Doyle Alexander. The Rangers received Adrian Devine and Pepe Frias in return.