When it came time to pick a card for this post, a voice in my head said “Seattle Mariner”. I always listen too the voices in my head, so I selected this lovely, very blue, Bruce Bochte.
Bruce Bochte played for the Angels, Indians, Mariners and A’s, but he’s probably best known for his time in Seattle. He retired after the 1982 season, but came back in 1984 and played another three seasons in Oakland.
Bruce was the first Mariner to get a hit in an All-Star game, and it happened in 1979 when Seattle hosted the game in the Kingdome. 1979 was his career year, as he bated .318 and drove in 100 runs. His 100 RBI’s were a club record at the time, but is now tied for 35th best in Mariner history.
His On-base percentage with the Mariners ranks 8th all-time, and is better than Ichiro! (.370 vs. .366)
Pointless, but sorta interesting: After the 1982 season, Bochte was the all-time Mariners leader in Hits, RBI and Total Bases. Currently, he’s 15th in each of those categories.
Once again, I’m way overdue for Weigh-In #44.
Net change in the collection: -283 (99 added, 0 purged)
Net change to the # of cards in the house: -9,368 (343 cards came in, 85 were recycled)
Total # of cards which have left the house: 13,622
Number of cards tracked in my Access database: 4,740 (2,842 entered in)