Saturday, August 7, 2010

Cards That Never Were #34

1984 Fleer Update - Ozzie Guillen

Ozzie Guillen was a star in the Padres minor league system, except he was blocked at shortstop by Garry Templeton. If the Padres weren't in a pennant race in 1984, maybe Ozzie would have made his MLB debut with the Padres.

After the Padres won the National League Championship in 1984, Ozzie was dealt to the Chicago White Sox with three other players for LaMarr Hoyt and two minor league players. Ozzie made his MLB debut in 1985 and ended up winning the American League Rookie of the Year award, with a solid first season.

In 1984, Fleer was the one of the few card companies to include Roger Clemens in any of their sets. With this type of forward thinking in mind, one might be inclined to think that Ozzie Guillen was at least considered, but dropped, due to space limitations.

As for the picture, I'm certain that there is a photo of Ozzie in a Padres uniform floating around somewhere. Possibly from a Spring Training game. Until that time, this photo of Ozzie on the AAA Las Vegas Stars will have to suffice.


John Bateman said...

Actually Clemens was in the Update Set

Steve Gierman said...

Oops! You're right. It shows how little the Clemens hype hit me back then. lol

The sentence has been corrected. Thanks for pointing that out! :-)

Johngy said...

You continue to top yourself.

Steve Gierman said...


Goose Joak said...

Probably my favorite of your "CTNW" so far! EXCELLENT work.

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