Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Rent a Player #321. The way these guys come and go is amazing. Willie Blair was drafted by the Blue Jays in the 11th round of the 1986 draft. He made his major league debut with the Jays April 11, 1990 against the Texas Rangers. In 1990 he was traded to the Indians for Alex Sanchez, '91 he was traded to the Astros with Eddie Taubensee for Kenny Lofton and Dave Rohde. In 1992 he was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the Expansion Draft. In 1994 he signed with the Padres as a free agent, and pitched in 100 games over 2 seasons, with a 9-11 record and 1 save. In '96 he was traded to the Tigers with Brian Johnson for Joey Eischen and Cam Smith (never heard of either of them). In 1997 he signed as a free agent with the Diamondbacks, they traded him in July of 1998 with Jorge Fabregas and cash for Nelson Figueroa, Bernard Gilkey and cash. In December of 1998 he was traded to the Tigers for Joe Randa, in February of 2001 he signed as a free agent with the Indians, then in June of 2001 he signed as a free agent with the Tigers. He was released by the Tigers and hasn't played since. I got this certified card from a dealer on ebay.