Sunday, January 3, 2016

TRADED- 1979 JERRY KOOSMAN

Let’s go and give future 200-game winner Jerry Koosman a 1979 “Traded” card.
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“Kooz” spent the first 12 years of his Major League career as a New York Met, and performed marvelously, posting solid seasons which saw him finish behind Johnny Bench in 1968 for National League Rookie of the Year in 1968, and in second-place for Cy Young in 1976 when he won a career high 21 games to along with a 2.69 earned run average and 200 strikeouts.
But over the following two seasons, and not entirely HIS fault, Koosman posted a combined 11-35 record, even though his ERA was around 3.62 and he struck out 352 batters.
That was enough for the Mets to ship him to Minnesota on December 8th, 1978 for a relief pitcher that would pay off years later, Jesse Orosco.
Koosman immediately made an impact in Minnesota, posting another 20-win season (at the time one of the few to do so in both leagues), while posting a 3.38 ERA and 157 strikeouts.
By the time he retired after the 1985 season he’d win 222 games, while collecting a nice 3.36 ERA with 2556 strikeouts and 33 shutouts over 612 games, 527 of which were starts.
I remember hearing years ago that Koosman loved to tell people how his “rookie card” was worth a lot of money and was the hottest card in the 1968 set, only to follow up and casually mention that “Oh yeah, some guy named Nolan Ryan is on there too.”
Love it...

3 comments:

  1. Looks good, although it would have been nice if Koosman had returned to the Mets down the road like Seaver did. Note: In the 1986 Donruss set, Koosman's last card is one of the Diamond Kings. For some reason, though, they didn't also issue a regular card for him. That's unusual.

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  2. A little Mets trivia for you. Jerry Koosman induced Davey Johnson to fly out for the last out of the 1969 World Series. As mentioned, Koosman was traded for Jesse Orosco, who struck out Boston's Marty Barratt for the final out of the 1986 World Series, with Johnson looking on as Mets manager.

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  3. After playing for some bad Met teams, Kooz got a reprieve in his home state and won 20 for the Twinkies ! He was a big money pitcher. In fact he won more post season games than Seaver.

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