2009 Topps Mario Soto

My favorite pitcher to ever pitch for the Reds, Mario Soto was a force to be reckoned with in the early 1980s. Four times he finished in the top ten for Cy Young voting, coming in second behind John Denny in 1983. Soto could have been a 20-game winner that year if he had an offense behind him, but the Reds were pretty terrible in ’83. In 1983 and 1984, Soto led the NL in complete games, a foreign concept to pitchers today. A three-time All-Star (including a start in 1983), Soto won 100 games over his 12-year career for the Reds. I’ve had the honor of meeting Soto and getting his autograph at the past two Redsfest events.

You might remember that in 1989 Soto was featured in a Dodgers uniform in the Score set. Though he never faced a batter during a regular-season game for the evil blue ones, he was traded halfway through the 1988 season to LA. A similar thing happened in 1995 when Jack Morris was pictured in a Reds uniform, having never played a game that counts for Cincinnati.

Soto was inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame in 2001.

One more card to go and I’ll be done with the 2009 Topps Reds “fun cards.” Anyone care to guess who the subject of that card will be?

About JT

Christian. Husband. Dad. 911 dispatcher. Baseball fan. Horror nut. Music nerd. Bookworm. Time Magazine's 2006 Person of the Year.

Posted on December 17, 2009, in baseball, baseball cards and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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