Oh, Orlando. Yes, you hit a career high 17 home runs in 1996, so why not show off your guns.

Those 17 dingers were good for a tie for 98th in Major League Baseball, knotted up players such as with Leo Gomez, Tim Naehring, Sean Berry, Derek Bell and JT Snow.

Then there’s the fact that this is a 1997 card, and whoever was injecting or swallowing or suppositoring substances that may or may not have been illegal in the US or by the rules of baseball definitely had no fear of being caught.

Add to that when the kids were opening packs of 1997 Upper Deck, the Blue Jays were on their way to finishing last in the league in runs, and Merced popped a total of nine before his season ended in late July due to injury.

So in retrospect, not the best pose in the world to immortalize, hindsight being 20/20. Heck, even at the time it probably looked silly.

What cards made you cringe when you pulled them? What cards make you cringe now knowing what you know about the player, the sport and circumstances surrounding it?


About Scott Fendley

By day, Scott Fendley works as the Director of Data Analysis for Central Washington University's Foundation. At The Spitter, he's the guy sitting in the corner telling you young whippersnappers about what had happened long ago (or in 2015, whatever). His passion for baseball and statistical analysis began in 1972, when he opened his first pack of baseball cards and was dazzled by the numbers on the back for players such as Joe Grzenda, Glenn Beckert, Ted Kubiak and Mike Hedlund. Fendley is a native of Crawfordsville, Indiana and a graduate of Wabash College and Indiana University. He's been in the fundraising business since 2000, and has worked in operations, as a consultant in Minnesota and at a software company in Florida before migrating to Washington State to work at CWU. He also has had careers in printing, publishing, and catalog operations, but they were not as fulfilling as philanthropy. He has given numerous presentations on fundraising operations (including one involving baseball cards in regards to data sets), and has written articles published in two books by CASE about Advancement Services. For a number of years, he was a free-lance sports writer covering high school sports in his hometown. He also has blogged for several years on several blogs and currently, besides the Spitter, he is embarking on a large music review project called But Is It Any Good (isitanygoodsite,wordpress.com). Fendley lives in Ellensburg, WA with Krissy, his fiance, and their dog Maeby Lancaster von Funkenstein. He has two children, Katie and Kristin, who find his interest in baseball amusingly old fashioned.

2 responses »

  1. R.N. Coyote says:

    Jason Giambi when he signed with the Yankees. Even its big money I felt he “sold out” just to get a World Series ring. Glad he didn’t. Back to the topic when I database my cards and his cards come I always type “J. Giambi” on the box.

  2. italian stallion says:

    Reading this article made me cringe. You suck.

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