PRODcast 162′s Old School Player of the Week: Bartolomé…


PRODcast 162′s Old School Player of the Week: Bartolomé Fortunato

Bartolomé Fortunato, or “Fortunate Bartholomew”, was a Dominican outfielder-turned-pitcher who spent two seasons in the bigs with the Rays and Mets. In those two seasons (separated by a 2005 on the shelf with a herniated disc), he pitched in 20 games, gave up 20 earned runs, walked 17 batters, gave up 5 dingers, posted an ERA+ of 72 and a WAR of -0.2. He also finished his MLB career with a 2-0 record because pitcher wins are dumb as shit.

Fortunate Bart is probably best known for being a part of the extremely Mets trade that sent then-prospect Scott Kazmir to the Rays for him and Victor Zambrano.

Bart latched on with the Giants organization in 2008, but unfortunately (SWIDT?) he was horrendous at AAA Fresno, and spent the next three years or so wandering through Independent ball, the Mexican league, and the Dominican Winter league. According to his Wikipedia page, he is single and living in the Dominican now, so …

PRODcast 161′s Old School Player of the Week: Mickey KluttsGene…

PRODcast 161′s Old School Player of the Week: Mickey Klutts

Gene Ellis “Mickey” Klutts was a mustachioed, white-guy-with-an-afro infielder-type for the Yankees, A’s, and Blue Jays from 1976 to 1983. During those eight years in the bigs, he played in 199 games, amassed a glorious OPS+ of 85, and was worth 2/10ths of a win. While his on-field exploits were not notable, being one of the 20th Century’s last baseball playing Genes certainly was. Mr. Klutts loved him a windbreaker, a pushbroom ‘stache, a disco ‘fro, and I guess signing his baseball cards twice? For authenticity.

PRODcast 159′s Old School Player of the Week: Freddie…

PRODcast 159′s Old School Player of the Week: Freddie Patek

Freddie Patek (nicknamed “The Flea” or “The Cricket”) was a bite-sized human SS who played 14 seasons in the bigs with the Pirates, Royals, and Angels between 1968 and 1981. Listed at a generous 5’5”, 148 lbs, Patek was the late-20th Century’s version of Jose Altuve, which (like most things from the late-20th century) was not very good. He was worth 24.1 wins over that 14 year career, was an All-Star three times, and actually finished 6th in AL MVP voting in 1971 when he lead the league in triples with 11, caught stealing with 14, and finished the year with 6 HR, 36 RBI, 49 SB, and a .693 OPS?! I remember Patek fondly because the Angels (in a move that was extremely Angels – signing a player well past their prime whether said prime was good or not) had him 1980 and 81, when I was reeeeally getting into baseball, and he was small … like 5-year-old me.

Lookswise, there isn’t much to talk about besides his stature. He’s very small, and kinda looks like a 12-year-old who woke up with stubble one morning. He did have a mustache for a minute, which kinda made him look like the top half of a couple kids trying to sneak into a movie theater in a trench coat. The dadhat is replacement level, the dadlap (thanks to sansabelt is a tick above average for the era), and the hair is pure 70s child actor, which is absolutely fitting.

PRODcast 159′s Old School Player of the Week: Freddie…

PRODcast 159′s Old School Player of the Week: Freddie Patek

Freddie Patek (nicknamed “The Flea” or “The Cricket”) was a bite-sized human SS who played 14 seasons in the bigs with the Pirates, Royals, and Angels between 1968 and 1981. Listed at a generous 5’5”, 148 lbs, Patek was the late-20th Century’s version of Jose Altuve, which (like most things from the late-20th century) was not very good. He was worth 24.1 wins over that 14 year career, was an All-Star three times, and actually finished 6th in AL MVP voting in 1971 when he lead the league in triples with 11, caught stealing with 14, and finished the year with 6 HR, 36 RBI, 49 SB, and a .693 OPS?! I remember Patek fondly because the Angels (in a move that was extremely Angels – signing a player well past their prime whether said prime was good or not) had him 1980 and 81, when I was reeeeally getting into baseball, and he was small … like 5-year-old me.

Lookswise, there isn’t much to talk about besides his stature. He’s very small, and kinda looks like a 12-year-old who woke up with stubble one morning. He did have a mustache for a minute, which kinda made him look like the top half of a couple kids trying to sneak into a movie theater in a trench coat. The dadhat is replacement level, the dadlap (thanks to sansabelt is a tick above average for the era), and the hair is pure 70s child actor, which is absolutely fitting.

PRODcast 158′s Old School Player of the Week: Hugh YancyHugh…

PRODcast 158′s Old School Player of the Week: Hugh Yancy

Hugh Yancy was a second and third baseman who played in seven games spread across three major league seasons with the Chicago White Sox. In 1972, he played in three games, got nine ABs, hit a single, and that was that. In 1974 he pinch bunted. That’s all. And in 1976, he got 10 ABs, and ripped another single. Add all that up and you’ve got yourself a sweet .105 career BA, and an OPS+ of -23, which seems low.

Yancy ripped some easy 70 DADHAT, and while the look was ubiquitous in that era, he had a DGAF flair to his lid placement that was something to behold.

Yancy had the pleasure of playing in some absolutely ghastly Sox unis – the all-navy collared disasters that looked like coveralls for a pest control company or some off-brand freighting/delivery service, and the inexplicable red White Sox unis who were not the Red Sox but had red socks.

Hugh is now 69 years old.

He also looks like he could be the offspring of Eazy-E and Terrence Howard.

PRODcast 158′s Old School Player of the Week: Hugh YancyHugh…

PRODcast 158′s Old School Player of the Week: Hugh Yancy

Hugh Yancy was a second and third baseman who played in seven games spread across three major league seasons with the Chicago White Sox. In 1972, he played in three games, got nine ABs, hit a single, and that was that. In 1974 he pinch bunted. That’s all. And in 1976, he got 10 ABs, and ripped another single. Add all that up and you’ve got yourself a sweet .105 career BA, and an OPS+ of -23, which seems low.

Yancy ripped some easy 70 DADHAT, and while the look was ubiquitous in that era, he had a DGAF flair to his lid placement that was something to behold.

Yancy had the pleasure of playing in some absolutely ghastly Sox unis – the all-navy collared disasters that looked like coveralls for a pest control company or some off-brand freighting/delivery service, and the inexplicable red White Sox unis who were not the Red Sox but had red socks.

Hugh is now 69 years old.

He also looks like he could be the offspring of Eazy-E and Terrence Howard.

PRODcast 157′s Old School Player of the Week: Butch…

PRODcast 157′s Old School Player of the Week: Butch Alberts

Francis Butch Alberts was was a square-jawed dork who played in six games as a DH for the Blue Jays in 1978, got 18 ABs, punched out twice, and rode off into the sunset with a sweet BA of .278 and a 71 OPS+. Alberts was drafted in the 28th round by the Pirates in 1972, but spent most of his minor league career in the Angels’ system, putting together his best professional season in the PCL (which is actually a PEL – Performance Enhancing League) hitting .305, with 27 dingers and 105 RBI, and a .905 OPS. Despite his non-sportser looks, he was actually played football and baseball at the University of Cincinnati. 

Alberts’ claim to fame was actually being included on a Topps Future Stars card in place of actual future star Butch Edge (which is 100% the name of a singer in a DCHC band).