The Quest

The Baltimore Orioles have been in town since '54 and have had over 900 men don their uniform. My goal is to obtain a signed card of each player. If you have something I need, or see something you want, don't be shy, we can make a deal.

Collection Statistics

Total Players 877/977 = 89.25%
1991 Orioles Crown Set
Total Players 309/465 = 66.45%
Alive Players 274/369 = 74.25

Monday, September 20, 2010

The Tumultuous Year of Darren Holmes

Darren Holmes made his major league debut for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1990 as a reliever. Over the next nine seasons he was a serviceable reliever on four different rosters, until 2000.

Holmes started his second season with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2000 but did not last very long. He was released before the close of April and quickly picked up by St. Louis Cardinals. His numbers did get better as a Cardinal but that still meant a 9.75 ERA in five games.

Then it was on to Baltimore, a stop Holmes would surely like to forget. His ERA nearly tripled to 25.07 and he was released for the third time that season. The Diamondbacks gave him a second chance, or fourth depending on how you look at it. Amazingly, with a 9.20 ERA for the season, Holmes only recorded one loss, with no wins of course. He sat out the entire 2001 season before resurfacing with the Atlanta Braves for 2002 and 2003.

His team hopping in 2000 didn't allow time for any cards to be produced so I made a trade to go old school. A Joe Orsulak 1993 Score was all it took.

Darren Holmes 1990 Albuquerque Dukes CMC #6

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