Wednesday, July 10, 2024


Up on the blog today, we go and give former Big League infielder Rance Mulliniks a "missing" card since he played about a third of a season for the California Angels the year prior:

Mulliniks, who had his Topps rookie card in the 1978 set after appearing in 78 games for California in 1977, hit .185 in 1978 over the aforementioned 50 games, with 22 hits over 119 at-bats while putting time in at shortstop.
He'd play in only 22 games during the 1979 season for the Angels before being part of a blockbuster trade in December of 1979 that included Willie Aikens and Al Cowens, seeing the players swap uni's between the Angels and Kansas City Royals.
He'd see limited time with the Royals in 1980 and 1981 before heading off to the Toronto Blue Jays, where he finally found a home and would spend the rest of his 16-year career with, playing 11 seasons for the Jays, generally at third base with some time around the rest of the infield.
He would have some really nice seasons with the Jays, and while never truly a "full-time" player, he'd put in seasons with over 350 plate appearances between 1982 and 1988, hitting as high as .324 (1984) with a couple of other .300+ seasons thrown in.
By the time he retired after the 1992 season, he finished up with 972 hits in 3569 at-bats, good for a .272 mark, with 445 runs scored and 435 runs batted in over 1325 games.



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