Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday: Volume 16

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. 

Straw and Gooden

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