Monday, November 8, 2010

One-Card Wonder Pt. 2: Jeff Richardson

For whatever reason, sometimes I am only able to find one card of certain players. To be considered a One-Card Wonder, a player must have been active since 1991 (when I started paying attention).

When the Red Sox acquired Jeff Richardson during Spring Training of 1993, I was pretty excited. Not because Richardson was a good player, not because I expected him to be a good player, but because Richardson was a Nebraskan. Richardson was born and continues to live in Grand Island, NE where he currently runs a sports bar. I would have had a chance to meet him too, if I stuck around St. Paul, NE a little longer.

Richardson was picked up in a trade with Pittsburgh in exchange for Daryl Irvine. He was to be a utility infielder shuttling back and forth between the minors and majors. And that's pretty much all he did. He played in 15 games with the Red Sox. His slash line was .208/.240/.292. Definitely nothing special. He only had two doubles as extra base hits and drove in two runs. Still he was a decent defensive player and was worth 0.5 WAR due exclusively to his defense.

Somehow, despite only having 27 at-bats in 1993 and not having played more than six games since 1989, Richardson merited inclusion in the 1993 Topps Traded set, which is where this card is from. It is his only Boston Red Sox card.

After 1993, Richardson never saw Major League action again.

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