Fermin spent 10 years in the bigs as a mostly awful MIF with the Pirates, Indians, Mariners and Cubes. Career WAR of 1.8, OPS of .608. He led the league in sacrifice hits … er … PRODUCTIVE OUTS in 1989. He’s now the manager of the Delfines de Ciudad del Carmen in the Mexican League.
And his eyebrows look exactly like his mustache. Coincidence? NO.
That time the Yankees almost traded Mariano for Felix Fermin.
PRODcast 108’s “Old School Player of the Week”: Craig Kusick
70 DADGLASSES, 70 DADHAT, 70 DADLAP, 60 STACHE
Kusick, who looks like he won an invite to baseball fantasy camp, was an honest to goodness MLB player from 1973-79 with the Blue Jays and Twins. A 1B/DH, he posted a career average of .235, 105 OPS+, and 3.8 WAR. He also pitched in a game for the Blue Jays in 1980, a 24-2 loss to the California Angels, and went 3 ⅔ innings and giving up 2 ER on three hits (one of which was a bomb). If you were to see a photo of him at any point in his career, “professional athlete” would be about the 278th occupation you’d peg him as having.
Kusick is now deceased, but will remain awesome forever.
PRODcast 105’s “Old School Player of the Week”: Sixto* Lezcano
*has ten toes
Lezcano grades out at 60-grade DADHAT, 60-grade hairdo, 20-grade facial hair, and has eyes that are either wonky as hell or kinda dreamy (depending on the pic you’re looking at). He gets MAJOR props for rocking the windbreaker underneath the jersey … because “outerwear” is merely a suggestion. I’d like to think that dudes who have total disregard for layering frequently wear their underwear on the outside of their pants.
In a 12-year career with the Brewers, Cardinals, Padres, Phillies and Pirates he put up the following numbers: .271 AVG, 124 OPS+, averaged 2.3 WAR a year, won a GG in 1979 and finished 15th in the NL MVP voting. From 1976-1979 (age 22-25 seasons), he was a 4-win player.
Notable: Sixto had a bizarre year in 1977 in which he hit 21 bombs but only drove in 49 runs.
Pitched six years in the bigs with the Pirates, Cards & Twins as a starter and reliever. 22-28, 4.23 ERA, 1.477 WHIP. He was also busted for soliciting an internet prostitute, and being an outspoken advocate for Christianity. WHOOPS.
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