Sunday, December 13, 2009

1997 Score, Rafael Bournigal

#305 Rafael Bournigal

This is the last Score card from 1997. It is hard for me to believe that I actually have three cards from the set signed. At this time last year, I didn't have one.

This card came to me from the Collective Troll. It was in the lot of cards that he sent me when he realized that he had already given out the Royals Donruss Opening Day teamset. Since someone had already claimed the Royals, he sent me some autographs instead. I think I came out better with the autographs, so I have no complaints.

Rafael played in the Majors for seven seasons with the Dodgers, A's, and M's. He was just a part time player throughout his career and the most games he got into in a season was 88 with the A's in 1996. He was a career .251 hitter that had 4 homers. The one stat of his that stands out is his strikeouts. He had 932 at-bats, but only 64 strikeouts. Unfortunately, he only amassed 59 walks. I guess he just went to the plate swinging (and making contact).

The Score set has an interesting look to it. It is pretty bland by Score's standards. The white borders don't bother me too much, but the one thing I do not like about them is the lower-case font. That probably annoys me more than anything.


Play at the Plate said...

He looks pretty comfortable around the lumber pile. Too bad it didn't transfer into power at the plate. Seven seasons, 932 at-bats? I'd take that in a heartbeat!

Orioles Magic said...

I've always like his last name too. I pronounce it differently almost ever time I say it for some reason.

zman40 said...

Maybe the photographer thought he was McGwire!