‘The 40/40 Club’ – 1980’s – Card #31

‘The 40/40 Club’ – 1980’s – Card #31

Andres Galarraga – 1986 Donruss

Andres Galarraga as an offensive stud during his 19-year career in the major leagues.  His ability to hit for power and average put him in a rare class of players during his era.

Andres finished his career with a .288 batting average, and hit over .300 10 times.  Galarraga also hit 399 home runs in his career, while hitting 20+ homers in 10 seasons.

Never considered the best at any one element of the game, Galarraga was recognized for his overall skills by making the All-Star team 5 times and finishing in the Top 10 for Most Valuable Player 6 times.

Later is his career, Andres battled cancer twice.  In 1999 he missed the entire season but made a full recovery and came back to play with the Braves for one more year.  When he did come back, he put up impressive stats and made another All-Star team.  Then, in 2004 his cancer came back and sidelined him for a month.  At this point, Galarraga was unable to regain his outstanding skills and became a bench player.  Galarraga retired the next spring with the New York Mets.  He finished his career just 1 home run shy of his goal of 400.

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2 responses to “‘The 40/40 Club’ – 1980’s – Card #31

  1. No matter where he played, I always liked Andres Galarraga. You’re right, he wasn’t the best playing in the game at any one thing, but he was so good overall and had so much fun playing the game you couldn’t help but like him.

    Even the year he missed with cancer, any time he’d be at a Braves function or around the stadium talking with the broadcasters he’d always have a smile on his face.

  2. The Big Cat was really liked when he played for the Cardinals. He was a good serviceable player throughout his career.

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