Sunday, August 21, 2011

Randy Bush

Sent: 8/10/11
Received: 8/20/11
Time: 10 Days
Address: c/o Chicago Cubs
Item Sent: 1984 Topps, 1984 Twins Team Issue, 1987 Topps, 1988 Score, 1993 Donruss
Item Received: 1984 Topps, 1984 Twins Team Issue, 1987 Topps, 1988 Score, 1993 Donruss.  All signed in blue Sharpie.

Randy Bush is one of my all-time favorite Twins.  From 1982 to 1993 he was a key role player for the club, and one of seven players to be a part of both the 1987 and 1991 World Series squads.  From 1983 to 1989, he was a near-automatic in the lineup against right-handed pitchers.  In fact, here's one of the most ridiculous stats in Twins history: of Bush's 3,045 career at bats, only 100 came against left-handed pitchers.  All 96 of his career home runs came off righties.  By 1991, his role had been essentially reduced to pinch-hitter (albeit one of the top pinch-hitters in baseball).  He'll always be remembered for the "Randy Bush Fan Club" banner that hung in section 212 of the Metrodome, and for his magnificent head-first slide at home plate in game two of the 1987 World Series, where he slid outside the plate, around Tony Pena, and reached out with his left arm to swipe the plate.  He has been the assistant GM of the Chicago Cubs for several years, and was just named their interim GM this weekend following Jim Hendry's dismissal.

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