Or “Now (dis)appearing.” I am fond of this card…

Or “Now (dis)appearing.” I am fond of this card mostly for the back (see text here). However, we have to touch on the cheesy stache looking over his left shoulder as gangly Haynes steps toward home plate. 

Haynes was actually a well regarded prospect, being ranked in the top 50 by Baseball America before the 1995 and 1996 seasons. He had solid K:BB ratios and averaged almost a K per innings. 

Of course, the card focuses on the minuscule-est of samples, his first 24 big league IPs. Haynes had a 1.83 K:BB rate in those innings, a .155 BABIP and a 84% strand rate. He got the breaks, something Joe Valery never got. 

The next season was more like Valery’s death in East of Eden though: .365 BABIP, 60.3% strand rate and 1.12 K:BB rate. He was worse, but not that worse, yet his ERAs were separated by 6! points. 

The Orioles turned Haynes into 349 plate appearances of Geronimo Berroa, who played fine for the AL East champion Baltimore Orioles. Heck, he even hit well in the play-offs.

But I digress. Over the next three years, Haynes threw 409.2 IPs for the Athletics. He had a 1.40 K:BB rate, 5.40 ERA and 1.643 WHIP. He stuck around until 2004, although it is unclear why. Haynes, as so many prospects do, never really reached any sort of potential. He finished with a 1.27 K:BB rate, 5.37 ERA, and 1.63 WHIP. He was traded twice and made nearly $10 million during his career.

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