Although that trade netted Chicago Keith Foulke, Bob Howry, and a few other players, fans of the team were pretty angry that day.
Anyway, before Darwin's nice performance with the Astros, he put together a very solid decade in the 1980s that went pretty much unnoticed.
Over the 1980s, only 12 pitchers had at least 1500 innings pitched with at least a 110 ERA+:
Side note: neat to see two other guys from the countdown here--Soto and Stieb.
Darwin is probably the worst pitcher of this group, but that's still saying something as it's a select club.
Here's a different group of a dozen pitchers who were the only in the 1980s to have at least 3 seasons with 100 innings pitched and an ERA+ of 130:
|1||Orel Hershiser||5||1984||1989||25-30||Ind. Seasons|
|2||Dan Quisenberry||5||1980||1985||27-32||Ind. Seasons|
|3||Roger Clemens||4||1986||1989||23-26||Ind. Seasons|
|4||Dave Stieb||4||1982||1985||24-27||Ind. Seasons|
|5||Bret Saberhagen||3||1985||1989||21-25||Ind. Seasons|
|6||Greg Harris||3||1985||1988||29-32||Ind. Seasons|
|7||Frank Viola||3||1984||1988||24-28||Ind. Seasons|
|8||Bert Blyleven||3||1984||1989||33-38||Ind. Seasons|
|9||Kent Tekulve||3||1982||1987||35-40||Ind. Seasons|
|10||Bob Stanley||3||1982||1988||27-33||Ind. Seasons|
|11||Dave Righetti||3||1981||1986||22-27||Ind. Seasons|
|12||Danny Darwin||3||1980||1989||24-33||Ind. Seasons|
Darwin had a pretty good career in the 1980s, and then posted two different seasons with at least 5 WAR in the 1990s!
The card featured is from Upper Deck's first set in 1989--card #97. These Upper Deck cards were beautiful. The front had a simply & clean design, with an unobtrusive but cool feature resembling the first base line of a baseball diamond. The backs were sweet, featuring not only second photo but a very large photo at that. The only downside was the limited space for stats--but it's a reasonable trade-off, especially when compared to many the the 80s Fleer sets that simply left tons of blank space on the back.
Special note: this post features a hint about one of the 3 remaining players on the countdown, aside from the mention of Stieb who we already know will appear.