Monday, January 4, 2010
Rated Rookie: Steve Avery
Set: Donruss 1990
Card Number: 39
I used to really like Steve Avery when I was a kid, enough that I sort of collected his cards, and enough that I was excited when the Red Sox signed him in '97. He got off to a rocky start, going 3-11 his rookie year, but his sophomore effort was better, going 18-8 with a 3.38 era for what admittedly was a good team, the 1991 Braves (the team that lost the World Series that year). 11-11 the next year, and then the best season of his career in 1993, 18-6 with a 2.94 era. An injury late in the season is blamed for his early demise.
He went to the Sox in 1997, was out of baseball from 2000-2002, and had one last season with Detroit, going 5-2, in 2003, before calling it quits.