‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #55
1982 Topps – Card #766 – AKA – ‘The Kent Hrbek Rookie Card’
Lenny Faedo – Played played just 5 seasons in major league baseball – all with the Twins. A shortstop, he was the primary back-up, and appeared in 174 games. Faedo had a solid 96.1% fielding percentage for the Twins, while his offensive output was below par. A lifetime .251 hitter, Faedo collected 133 hits in the big leagues, that included 17 doubles, 1 triple, and 5 home runs.
Kent Hrbek – Hrbek was the anchor of the Twins’ infield during the 1980’s. A big guy, Hrbek blended contact and power hitting well and had a 14-year big league career as a result. Able to hit the long ball with ease, Hrbek hit double-digit home runs in each season from 1982-1994. He tallied 293 career home runs, including 6 seasons of at least 25. Hrbek was a 1-time All-star and finished in second place for the 1982 ROY and 1984 MVP awards. He was a member of both Twins World Series winners in 1987 and 1991.
Tim Laudner – Launder played 9 years with the Twins, appearing in 734 games. A catcher, that spent some time at both DH and first base, he was a solid contributor to the team’s winning ways. While his offense was sub-par, including a .225 career batting average, his work with the pitching staff was magnificent. Catching close to 5,000 innings, Laudner has a career fielding percentage of 98.1%. During the 1987 World Series, which his team won, Laudner appeared in all 7 games and hit .318 with 1 homer, 4 RBI, and 4 runs scored.