Sunday, March 4, 2018

Multi-Player Mayhem: 1990 Fleer #640

Back in my return post in mid-January, I mentioned I came up with some new ideas for blog posts as one of my goals is to come up with more creative posts using cards I already have in my collection, as opposed to going out and buying things to blog about all the time. As I was doing some sorting and organizing during my hiatus last winter I came across a bunch of cards with multiple players on them and I thought to myself "what can I do with these?", then it dawned on me that I could easily get blog posts out of them. 

So here's a new thing I'm calling "multi-player mayhem", which is where I check out the careers of each player shown on a multi-player card. This will be the first post in said series. 

This is card #640 in the 1990 Fleer set, a major league prospects card featuring Rudy Seanez and Colin Charland.

Rudy Seanez carved out a 17-year career in the majors for a number of different teams. He debuted for the Indians in 1989 and through three seasons with them, appeared in 34 games with a 6.75 ERA. He sat out the 1992 season due to injury and showed back up with San Diego in 1993 for three games and the the Dodgers for the 1994 and 1995 seasons. After the 1995 season, he disappeared and didn't resurface in the majors until 1998 with the Braves. In four seasons with the Braves, Seanez had probably the four best years of his career, going 12-6 in 125 games with a 3.30 ERA in that span. In August of 2001, the Braves sent him to the Padres for a player to be named later. From that season on until his last appearance in 2008, he was a bit of a nomad, playing for the Padres (three times), Rangers, Red Sox (twice), Royals, Marlins, Dodgers, and finally the Phillies in 2008.

Colin Charland never played in the majors and, according to the Trading Card DB website, this is his only major league issue card. He spent 1986-1989 in the Angels minor league system, getting as high as the Triple A Edmonton Trappers in 1989. His best season in that span looks to have been 1988 with Single A Palm Springs where he went 17-5 with a 2.51 ERA in 27 starts and 204 IP. In 1991, he showed up in the Indians minor league system after being acquired by the team the previous year in a trade that sent Scott Bailes to California. He reached Triple A again in 1993 with Charlotte in the Indians system and Vancouver in the Angels system, but I can't seem to find any record anywhere of how he wound up in the Angels system again. Interesting side note though, he holds the Dallas Baptist University record for most strikeouts in a single season with 127 in 1986.

Of the two players on this card, it looks like Seanez had the better career spending 17 years in the majors, mostly under the radar. 

So, that's it for this first entry of the "Multi-Player Mayhem" series. It's still a little rough around the edges but for a first effort, it's not too terrible. Most of the info I found on these players was from Baseball Reference but I also used Retrosheet, Wikipedia, and the DBU Athletics website to pull info from. Hope you enjoyed it!


  1. You just blew my mind... I thought Rudy Saenez had lasted about 17 innings in the bigs. Guess he flew under my radar for about two decades.

  2. This is a great idea for a series of posts. Plenty of subjects to choose from, and the research should be fun. I'm looking forward to reading more of these!

  3. Good idea for a post - I think it can help with organization as well - if I'm sorting by team and I get one of these, I'll be sure to put it with Cleveland because Seanez is the "bigger big leaguer"