Kelly Gruber, One Great Season

blue jaysI'm featuring 1988 Topps Cards featuring members of my beloved Blue Jays that are featured on this blog.

Kelly Gruber wasn't just the subject of a hilarious Kids in the Hall skit, he was our starting third baseman in the post-Mulliniks/Iorg era. He was also pretty overrated due to his one stellar season at the plate in 1990.

In 1990, Gruber hit .274 with 31 HRs, 118 RBIs and 14 SBs, winning Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards. He ended up fourth in MVP balloting that year.

I'll always remember Gruber for three things:

  • In 1989 he became the first Jay to hit for the cycle when he famously stretched a double into a single.
  • In 1992 he tied up game three of the World Seres against the Atlanta Braves with a clutch homer. He also had that awesome chin first slide in this series.
  • A friend working the counter at the Runnymede and Bloor street McDonalds swears he came in one day and ate four Quarter Pounders with Cheese.

Kelly Gruber


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Toronto Mike

One more great Gruber moment...

The infield fly three run homer on June 12, 1986!

http://retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1986/B06120TOR1986.htm

February 7, 2008 @ 1:52 PM

james edgar

Wasn't KG the Blue jay who went water skiing in Muskoka will on the injured list? If so that was a low point I think.

February 7, 2008 @ 2:10 PM

Mike (Buffalo Boy)

I remember the world series year in 1992, wasn't a great year at the plate for him by any means yet he went around imitating the chop and looking like a fool everytime out.
Still he did hit that clutch homer.

February 7, 2008 @ 3:03 PM

felix

The chin-first slide was Game 4, a significantly younger version of my current self was in attendance.

That game is also notable as the last time Jimmy Key pitched in Toronto as a Jay. He threw a hell of a game, too. His first win of 2 in that series.

Bonus points to whoever can name the winners of the other two games.

February 7, 2008 @ 4:48 PM

Toronto Mike

I remember a certain Mike Timlin save...

Did Guzman get a win in that series? What about Todd?

Now I have to go cheat...

February 7, 2008 @ 5:15 PM

Toronto Mike

I've now cheated so I know the answer, but I won't ruin it for the rest.

This is a great trivia question... Does anyone know without looking it up?

February 7, 2008 @ 5:17 PM

felix

Well, well... stumped the mighty Michael Boon, eh? Were you surprised by what you found?

February 7, 2008 @ 6:37 PM

twins from bolton

Caught a foul ball 3 years ago at Skydome & Kelly was the BJay from the past at the game & he signed the ball.

February 7, 2008 @ 7:16 PM

Toronto Mike

I was very surprised. I'm surprised I didn't know the answer because of how interesting the answer is...

February 7, 2008 @ 7:31 PM

felix

Well, the crafty lefty Jimmy Key won 4 & 6, so that leaves 2 and 3 up for grabs...

February 8, 2008 @ 2:00 AM

Greg

David Cone and Jack Morris?

February 8, 2008 @ 8:07 PM

Toronto Mike

The winner of games 2 and 3 have yet to be named. It ain't Cone, it ain't Morris, it ain't Key, it ain't Guzman and it ain't Stottlemyer.

February 8, 2008 @ 8:11 PM

Greg

After submitting my answer, I had to go look. Supremely interesting indeed.

February 8, 2008 @ 8:12 PM

Scott

I'm gonna say Candiotti, Steib and Wells. Now I'll go check.

February 9, 2008 @ 1:27 AM

Toronto Mike

I still don't see the correct answer on this page...

February 9, 2008 @ 9:26 AM

Scott M

Duane Ward won games 2 and 3 in the '92 World Series. It must have been sweet for him, as at one point he pitched for Atlanta.

Then he got traded for Doyle Alexander. Remember the time he started the game that eliminated the Jays from making postseason play in '86?

He got the last out in the top of the ninth in game six of the 1993 World Series, meaning...

December 8, 2008 @ 4:08 AM

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