Thursday, June 30, 2016
Throwback Thursday: Volume 16 remembers San Francisco Giants outfielder Kevin Mitchell and his spectacular barehanded catch deep in foul territory off of Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith.
Mitchell has a strong baseball resume, not Hall of Fame caliber, but definitely nothing to sneeze at. He was signed as an undrafted free agent by the New York Mets in 1980, won a World Series with the Mets in 1986, was traded* to the Giants in 1987 where he played in two All-Star Games, had another World Series appearance in a loss to the Oakland Athletics, and was crowned NL MVP in 1989. Not bad for an undrafted kid from a rough neighborhood in southeast San Diego.
*Mitchell was traded from the Mets to the Giants for fear that his clubhouse behavior and off-field background might have a negative effect on superstars Dwight Gooden and Darryl Strawberry. The trade did little to alter the career of both players.