1988 Fleer Superstar Specials – Card #630 – Mike Greenwell, Ellis Burks, Todd Benzinger
“Changing The Guard In Boston”
While Boston Red Sox fans lamented the poor performance of their defending AL Champions, they were encouraged by the solid and spirited play of some of their new players. In a year that produced a bumper crop of American League rookie sensations, the Red Sox were proud to call three of them their own.
Mike Greenwell played in 125 games, alternating between left field, right field, and designated hitter. He batted an impressive .328. Even more impressive were his production numbers. He had 31 doubles, 19 home runs, and 89 RBI’s, eight of them being game-winners.
Ellis Burks played in 133 games and added spark both at the plate and in the field. He provided an excellent balance of power and speed. He smacked 20 home runs, ripped 30 doubles, scored 94 runs and stole 27 bases. He appears to be the Red Sox’ center fielder of the future.
Todd Benzinger, a switch-hitter, appeared in 73 games and he added punch to the Boston lineup. He had eight home runs, 43 RBI’s, and 11 doubles.