Thursday, January 9, 2014

The Year Of Dicks, Day 9!

Whoa! I almost forgot my Dick! Whew!

Folks, here's Dick Grapenthin!

Now, from what I can see of his search results, Dick seems to have primarily played under the name "Rick" (though ESPN calls him a Dick, as do his current employers, Mizuno), but he's a Dick here, and we love him for it. During his 6 game stint with the 1989 Columbus Clippers, as depicted here, he played with my favorite player, Bernie Williams, along with Deion Sanders, Kevin Maas, Hal Morris, Randy Velarde, Hensley Meulens and strangely, Ron Guidry at the very end of his career. He made it to the show with the Expos for parts of 1983-1985 (so he also played with Hall of Famers Andre Dawson and Gary Carter, as well as eventual Hall of Famer Tim Raines, possibly longshot Hall of Famer Jeff Reardon, should-be-in-the-Hall of Fame-but-never-will-be Pete Rose and Warren Cromartie, who don't need no damn Hall of Fame), but he mostly assembled his body of work over a decade in the minor leagues. During that career, aside from making it to The Show, his stretch as closer for the 1984 Indianapolis Indians (in the Expos system) was probably his best on paper, though he also had a great, if shorter stretch for the 1982 Wichita Aeros (also Expos-affiliated) where he sported a 0.80 ERA.

As I mentioned earlier, Dick's at Mizuno these days as Vice President of Sourcing, so it sounds like he's doin' well for himself, and still involved in the sport he loves. Dick Grapenthin, we salute you!

1 comment:

  1. Just followed your blog and went back to catch up on the Dicks I had missed. Excited to check out the Dicks you'll be presenting this year!


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