Monday, August 16, 2010

Rich Robertson

Sent: 7/13/10
Received: 8/14/10
Time: 32 Days
Address: Home
Item Sent: 1993 Fleer Final Edition, 1998 Collector's Choice
Item Received: 1993 Fleer Final Edition, 1998 Collector's Choice.  Both signed in black Sharpie.

The fact that lanky lefty Rich Robertson spent two full years in the Twins' rotation in the late '90s is an indictment on the team at the time.  Robertson simply was not a major league starter.  He had good stuff, but was far too erratic.  He could have been a solid bullpen lefty, but pressed into service as one of the Twins' workhorses in 1996 and 1997.  1996 was an amazingly peculiar season for Robertson.  In 186.1 innings, he gave up 197 hits and a league-leading 116 walks.  That's 313 baserunners in 186.1 innings -- a 1.68 WHIP!  It showed in his record, too, as he finished 7-17.  However, among those 7 wins was a league-leading three shutouts!  It's one of my favorite anomalies in Twins history.  Thanks for the signatures, Mr. Robertson.  I am sincerely thrilled to have them in my Twins collection!

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