Friday, February 11, 2011

Recycled photos. Juan Guzman.

 Even though the catcher's helmet in the top card looks different, I think it's just picked up a glare. It's definitely Pat Borders in both shots.

In his first 3 seasons, Guzman went 40-11 in the regular season, and 5-1 in the post season. By 1993 batters were starting to figure him out, and 1994 and 1995 were awful seasons. He came back with a strong season in 1996, leading the league in ERA, ERA+ and WHIP, but other than a solid 12 start stint in the NL with the Reds in 1999, he never regained his prior form.

After that good stint with the Reds, Tampa Bay gave him $12 million for 2 seasons. He gave them 1 start of 1 2/3 innings, giving up 7 hits, 2 walks, 2 home runs, and 8 runs (all earned). He did strike out 3 batters. Omar Vizquel(!) hit a grand slam, and the last pitch he threw in the majors was hit out by Jim Thome. He did pitch 16 games in the minors as well, but obviously Tampa didn't quite get what they were hoping for.

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