#85 Ron Fairly
#86 Dave Tomlin
#87 John Lowenstein
#88 Mike Phillips
#89 Ken Clay
#90 Larry Bowa
Good: The comment on the back of Tomlin's card reveals a pretty amazing stat if you dig into it. Check out his career pitching splits by opponent. In 52 IP against the Braves, he had a 1.90 ERA, far better than just about every other team except for the Dodgers, against whom he pitched to a 2.06 ERA in 35 IP. His OPS against vs Atlanta was just .587, which is staggering. If you click on the red "ATL" on the left, you can see that in 1976, he pitched 16.1 innings over 7 appearances against the Braves, giving up 11 hits, 5 walks, and no runs.
Bad: This isn't really bad, but I'd like to point out the two card fronts here that show multiple positions inside the baseball. Obviously some guys play multiple positions and that's fine, but the font size on those baseballs is dangerously small.
Good: The best photo here is Larry Bowa. You can almost believe he was a really good hitter looking at this picture.
A while back, a reader mentioned about appearances by the BRUT advertising sign but I can't find the comment. Here is the second appearance on Ken Clay's card.
Bad: Mike Phillip's photo was clearly taken before his June 1977 trade to the Cardinals, since his entire uniform is airbrushed (and pretty poorly airbrushed at that. Seriously, I can live with his hat or the fake-looking stripes on his uniform. But look at his shoulders and the rest of his chest. It's just all white with no attempt at any sort of definition. It's clearly not a real jersey since there is no hint of a team name on there. Yuck.
All I have to say about Lowenstein's picture is this: "My name is John Lowenstein. You killed my father. Prepare to die."
Ron Fairly is tied with Yaz for most seasons all-time with between 10 and 19 HR. That's kind of wild considering that Yaz played only 2 seasons more than Fairly but ended up with a lot more career homers (452 vs 215.)
Dave Tomlin appeared in just 1 major-league game in 1985, getting a scoreless inning. Boy was he lucky to get a scoreless inning. Pitching in the fifth, he got pitcher Bryn Smith to fly out. Then Tim Raines singled and stole second. With UL Washington batting, Tomlin threw a wild pitch to put Raines on third. Then he walked Washington. Then he got Andre Dawson to ground into a double play.
Lowenstein was a pretty good player, and for one year he was an incredible slugger. Lowenstein's 1982 makes the top 20 for most total bases by a guy with fewer than 400 PAs in a season. Look at the other names on there--most of them are great players who had short seasons. Lowenstein sticks out as the only guy who didn't get much playing time, having surpassed 350 ABs in a season just once in his career.
Mike Phillips didn't have a great offensive career, but he did hit quite well as the first batter in a game. In those 56 games (and 56 plate appearances) Phillips had an OBP of .375 and a SLG of .449, including 3 doubles, 1 triple, 1 homer, and 7 walks.
Ken Clay gave up 35 homers in his career, including pairs to George Brett, Bobby Grich, Wayne Gross, and Toby Harrah. He also gave up one to another guy in this group of cards: Ron Fairly.
Hall of Famers: 12
Future managers: 8
(+1 for Bowa)
Fathers and sons of major leaguers: 7
Loyalty counter: 10
Rookies of the Year: 8
Total all-star appearances: 231
(+2 for Fairly, +5 for Bowa)
Total MVP awards: 9
Total Cy Young awards: 4