WTF – Dave Schmidt, Diamond King?

28 Sep

1989 Donruss Diamond King - Dave Schmidt

I am sure Dave Schmidt is a fine person, and he had a decent career in the major leagues, kicking around five different teams between 1981 and 1992.  However, what in the world is he doing as a Diamond King with Donruss in 1989?

In 1988, Schmidt appeared in 41 games, starting nine, and finished with a record of 8-5.  Sure, that led a terrible 54-107 team in wins, but the Diamond King is supposed to be an echelon of awesomeness that only a select few (well, one per team every year for well over a decade) achieve.  I mean, they get Dick Perez to do a fucking painting of you when you’re a Diamond King.  That’s a big deal.

Obviously Cal Ripken and Eddie Murray did something to piss Donruss off that year.

Seriously, Donruss, WTF?

2 Responses to “WTF – Dave Schmidt, Diamond King?”

  1. sanjosefuji September 28, 2010 at 12:13 PM #

    Nice call… I can understand why they didn’t pick Ripken… since he was in the 88 subset… however a Murray DK hadn’t been made since 84 and he had a decent year in 1988 when he lead the Orioles in HR’s and had a .284 batting average.

    • JT June 1, 2011 at 6:21 AM #

      I believe they had a 5-year rule at the time, which is why Ripken was passed over. But if Murray’s last one was 1984, then he would have been eligible.

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