Monday, September 26, 2011
#659 - Bob Apodaca
Card fact: This is Bob Apodaca's first solo card. He appears on a four-player rookie card in the 1974 Topps set (there is both an error version and corrected version of his '74 card. His name is spelled "Apodaco" in the error version).
What I thought about this card: I didn't see it.
What I think about this card now: It's always interesting seeing the penultimate card in a set. Beyond that, no thoughts.
Other stuff: Apodaca pitched five seasons in the major leagues, all for the Mets. I relate him to those mediocre Mets teams of the mid-to-late '70s.
Apodaca was used as a reliever by New York and he saved 13 games with a 1.49 ERA in 1975. Arm problems struck after the 1977 season and he missed a couple of seasons. He pitched in the minors in 1979 and 1981.
Apodaca was a coach for the Mets organization throughout '80s and '90s, including the Mets' big league pitching coach in the late '90s. He's been the Rockies' pitching coach since 2003.
Back facts: Another Dodger cartoon. One day I'll count them all, but there has to be at least 20 or 25.
Also, the Apodaca's non-existent ERA in 1973 would have mystified me as a boy. Apodaca pitched to two batters, allowed a run and didn't get anyone out for an ERA of infinity in his only game in the majors in '73.
Other blog stuff: Tomorrow is the final card in the set. Gee, I wonder who it is?