Kevin Appier was a stud and he gets very little credit for it.
I don't even know how to approach this, so let me keep it to a simple bullet list:
- Recently on the Jose Rijo post, Appier showed up as one of the dominant pitchers of the early 1990s.
- He led all pitchers in WAR in the 3-year period 1991-1993 and was second 1992-1994.
- In all of the 1990s, he had the 6th highest WAR among pitchers. That's more than Tom Glavine, John Smoltz, and Mike Mussina.
- Only 19 pitchers managed to throw 1500 innings over 1990-1997, and only two (Greg Maddux and Roger Clemens) had a better ERA+ than Appier. Think of the other great starters from that period--David Cone, Randy Johnson, Glavine, Kevin Brown...Appier was ahead of all of them.
Does this sound like the body of work for a guy who had one All-Star selection and just one 3rd-place Cy Young finish?
The card is 1990 Donruss The Rookies. The design follows the regular issue from that year except that it's all green instead of red. Not much to say about the card other than to point out Appier's beaver face...