Saturday, June 21, 2014

1980 Topps N.L. Future Stars: Ron Oester, Jeff Reardon, Al Holland

There were 16 different players receiving Rookie of the year votes in 1980 and not a single one of them was included in the 1980 Topps set. So I am continuing my flood of 1980 rookie cards.

Ron Oester: Although Ron Oester was not included in the 1980 Topps Set he did have a "Prospects" card in the 1979 set. With Dave Concepcion at shortstop, I can understand why Topps didn't want to take another chance on Oester. But the Reds found a place for him at 2nd base and Oester made the most of it. He played his entire 13 season career in a Reds uniform.

Jeff Reardon:  Reardon currently occupies 7th place on the All Time saves list with 367. But he wasn't the regular closer until he was traded to Montreal in 1981. Still his 101 strikeouts in 110.1 innings plus a record of 8 wins and 6 saves earned him a couple ROY votes.

Al Holland: Holland also put together a solid year coming out of the bullpen. He was 5-3 with 7 saves. He was part of a 5 player trade that sent Joe Morgan to the Phillies in 1983. With the Phillies, Holland assumed the closer roll and made his only All Star appearance in 1984.

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