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Garth Iorg: A Unique Batting Stance

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

We already covered Rance Mulliniks, so now it's Garth Iorg's turn.  You simply can't discuss one without the other.  They platooned at third for much of the 80s and with a great deal of success.

What I remember best about Iorg was his unconventional batting stance.  I used to mimic it in the backyard with my blue Catelli bat.  Wikipedia describes the stance as "on the toes of his front foot and leaning back toward the catcher as the ball was being pitched".  I've never seen another player hit that way since.

Another thing I think about when I think of Garth Iorg is his mother.  Prior to the ACLS championship series between the Blue Jays and Royals, I saw an interview with Mrs. Iorg as to who she was rooting for.  Garth played for the Jays and her son Dane Iorg played for the Royals.  I don't remember the exact quote, but there was little doubt she was rooting for the Royals.  I always felt bad for Garth after that.

Garth Iorg
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