Sunday, November 13, 2016


Here’s another gem from the Topps airbrushing vaults: a 1978 Jim Todd, showing the relief pitcher as a member of his new team, the Seattle Mariners:

Todd was coming over from the Chicago Cubs after a miserable 1977 season that saw him go 1-1 with a bloated 9.10 earned run average over 20 games.
The change of scenery seemed to help him as he posted a 3-4 record with a decent 3.88 ERA over 49 games with three saves thrown in.
But Todd was on the move again, returning to the team he played for in the 1975 and 1976, the Oakland A’s, where he would finish up his career with 51 appearances and a 2-5 record, sporting a 6.56 ERA over 81 innings of work.
All told, in his six seasons in the Majors, Todd played for a “new” team in five of them, with the aforementioned stint in Oakland being his only back-to-back play with the same team in consecutive years.
Oddly, he had two tours with both the Chicago Cubs and the Oakland A’s, with that Mariners season fit it.
He would finish with a 25-23 record along with a 4.23 ERA in 270 lifetime games and 511 innings pitched.

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