Friday, June 20, 2014

TTM Goodness: Venable/Bankhead/Hanson/Bako

Here are four TTM autos for your eyes to look at.

Max Venable was drafted by the Dodgers in 1976 and would make his debut in 1979, with the Giants. Five years in San Franciso and a year in Montreal later, he would join the Reds for a 3-year stint from 1985 to 1987, batting .246 in 192 games. After three years with the Angels and two in Japan, Venable took up coaching. He's currently a hitting instructor in the Mariners minor leagues. Signed is a 1987 Topps #226.

Scott Bankhead was drafted by the Royals in 1984 and would debut for them in 1986. Among stints for the Royals, Mariners, Red Sox, and Yankees, was one year in Cincinnati: 1992. In 54 relief appearances for the Reds, Bankhead went 10-4 with a 2.93 ERA. Bankhead also pitched for Team USA in the 1984 Olympics. Signed is a 1993 Topps #361.

Erik Hanson was drafted by the Mariners in 1986 and began his 6-year stint there in 1988. He was then shipped to the Reds for the 1994 season, where he went 5-5 with a 4.11 ERA in his lone season in Cincinnati. He would follow that up with an All Star appearance for the Red Sox in 1995 and three years in Toronto before retiring in 1998. Signed is a 1994 Topps #529.

Journeyman Paul Bako was drafted by the Reds in 1993. After five years with the Reds' farm system, he joined the Tigers and made his major league debut with them in 1998. What followed were stints with the Astros, Marlins, Brewers, Braves, Cubs, Dodgers, Royals, Orioles, Reds, and Phillies, none of which lasting more than two seasons. His return to the Reds in 2008 saw him behind the plate in 99 games where he hit .217 with 6 home runs and 35 RBI. Signed is a 2009 Topps Heritage #411.

Go Reds.

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