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Kelly Gruber, One Great Season

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I'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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