Friday, November 8, 2013

Airbrushed Fridays: 1974 Topps Traded #516T

The Cubs have hired a new manager. He's the Portland Beavers old manager. This is not that guy.

Who is this week's victim, and why do we care? Horacio Piña was a right-handed reliever who spent more than a decade in the majors, bouncing around among six different franchises. Piña was a submarine style (think Dan Quisenberry) pitcher whose most important contribution was out of the bullpen of the World Series winning Oakland A's in 1973. He would go on to star in the Mexican League after his MLB career wrapped up.

Why is this a thing? After the champagne popped, the Cubs traded their own Bob Locker for Piña, where he would last until July. He finished up his final full MLB season as a member of the Angels. The Phillies actually brought him back for a couple of innings down the stretch in 1978, on loan from his Mexican League team.

Airbrushed Fridays is a weekly feature as the name seems to imply. If you know of a card with an altered photograph that you'd like to see featured, please contact me. You probably won't win anything but a inflated BCS ranking, but you never know!

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