I’ve been organizing some of my 1980’s binders by team, and in the process I noticed something interesting about several players that 1989 Topps shows with the Cleveland Indians…
The 1988 Cleveland Indians had a 78-84 record and finished 6th in the AL East, but several players on that team would eventually have a more significant impact on the Major Leagues.
John Farrell (14-10, 4.24) is currently the manager of the Red Sox.
Bud Black (acquired from the Royals on 6/3/1988) is currently the manager of the Padres.
Terry Francona (who batted .311 as a DH & utility guy) is currently the manager of the Indians.
Straying over to 1989 Fleer, Ron Washington (backup shortstop) is currently the manager of the Rangers.
BTW, Topps didn’t make a Ron Washington card in 1989… at least, none that I could find.
“Wait a minute”, you ask, “If you’re talking about 1988, why are you showing us 1989 cards?”
Well, the primary reason is that I discovered this by organizing 1989 Topps, but 1988 cards wouldn’t illustrate my point as well because Francona was with the Reds on his 1988 cards.
This turned out to be a one-year convergence. By 1989, Ron Washington was in the Astros organization and Terry Francona was in Milwaukee.