An intersection of two of my passions: baseball cards and the Baltimore Orioles. Updated daily?
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Eric Chavez, 1993-1994 Fleer Excel #3
I know what you're thinking, but no, it's not THAT Eric Chavez. This is not the guy who slugged 260 home runs for the A's, Yankees, and Diamondbacks in a big league career that spanned the 1998-2014 seasons. That was Eric Cesar Chavez, born in 1977 in Los Angeles and drafted 10th overall by Oakland in 1996. THIS Eric Chavez is Ruben Eric Chavez, born in 1970 in Montebello, CA and signed by the O's as an undrafted free agent in 1992. The Orioles' Eric Chavez spent six years in the farm system, but had only 15 games at AA Bowie and none at AAA Rochester. He did hit 96 home runs in 638 games, with a single-season high of 23 for the Frederick Keys in 1994. He also played for the Albany Polecats in 1993, and yes that was really a Baltimore affiliate in the mid-90s. They played in Albany, GA in the low-A South Atlantic ("Sally") League, and had an adorable cartoon skunk logo. Dig it.
I can remember playing with baseball cards as a toddler, but I actually started collecting them when I was ten. Now I'm an adult looking for an outlet to talk about my hobby without receiving blank stares in return. You can contact me thusly.