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Cecil Fielder: A Great Name

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

I've written about our dominance at first base before, and Cecil Fielder got the short end of the stick here in Toronto as a result.  Fred McGriff had the everyday job so Cecil didn't get much playing time.  He was actually sold to a Japanese team after the '88 season and I figured that was the last we'd hear of Cecil.

I was wrong.  Cecil Fielder would sign with the Tigers and would have a monster season with 51 dingers at a time when nobody was hitting 50.

My favourite Blue Jays memory of Cecil was his name.  I remember listening to his first major league at bat and Tom Cheek said "here comes a batter with a perfect name for a ball player".  I couldn't believe a Blue Jay had the name Fielder.  It was perfect.

Cecil Fielder
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