This Day in Baseball History: May 26th, 1993

Second best blooper behind Randy Johnson’s bird ball.

On May 26, 1993:

Jose Canseco aids Carlos Martinez’s attempt at a home run.

Carlos Martinez was a relatively unsuccessful big league third baseman/first baseman/left fielder who would be out of the game by the end of the 1993 season. Defensively, he seemed to have been a decent first baseman but poor third baseman. Offensively, he didn’t hit well enough to play anywhere and much less a corner player. Jose Canseco, on the other hand, hit well enough and often enough to profile just nicely than you very much. And yes, we can argue how he got to that point, but let’s just let that go. Defensively, he wasn’t really very good. Well, all of this came together on a very special day.

In the bottom of the fourth inning, the Cleveland Indians were trailing 1-3 in a game they would eventually win. Carlos Martinez led off the fourth inning against Kenny Rogers. Ahead in the count 2-1, Martinez took the pitch to right. Canseco ran back to get it, and lo and behold, the ball smacked him in the head. Not only did it do that, but it went over the fence as well. The chances of this happening are, obviously very small. First, it has to hit him in the head, and normal hand-eye coordination usually prevents this. Second, it has to hit him in the head close enough to the fence to go over. Anyway, to make things worse, the Rangers lost by one run, 7-6.

As I said, Martinez never played after the season. Canseco would continue to play for a while, but he was never really healthy enough to be a full-time player. Of course, we now know why that is, but still, he was really productive in the 1998 season that he stayed healthy. Now, about those books …

Trivia Time
What did Jose Canseco do in 1988 that he was the first to do?

Yesterday’s Answer –> Babe Ruth’s 714th home run.

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6 Responses to “This Day in Baseball History: May 26th, 1993”

  1. Ron Rollins Says:

    First 40/40 guy.

  2. Bill Says:

    Dang, Ron beat me to it.

    That was a BIG deal. If you were paying any attention to baseball at all back then, you couldn’t miss it.

    OBP and SLG? Not such big deals. I remember I had a *really* hard time understanding how Kirby could hit .356 and not be the MVP…

  3. tHeMARksMiTh Says:

    I have to say that it was about 2 years before I really started paying attention (I was 5).

  4. Bill Says:

    Didn’t mean to suggest that you should’ve known. You’d just be surprised at how much attention a thing like that got. I remember either Mantle or Mays (it sounds much more like Mantle in my head) said something to the effect of “hell, if I’d known people would make such a big deal out of 40/40, I would’ve done it a couple times.”

  5. Kevin Says:

    You’re absolutely right. Randy Johnson’s bird ball is the best.

  6. tHeMARksMiTh Says:

    Bill,

    You’ll learn that I rarely take offense. One of the problems with typing is that tone doesn’t come through.

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