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h2h Corner ~ Check You Out On the Flip Side: Mark Gubicza

Mark gubicza back Mark gubiczaThis card cracks me up. It’d be one thing if it was printed in the 1960s, you know with flower power, psychedelics, LSD and whatnot, but for a pitcher to list his hobby as “being music” in the 1980s is bizarre. The 80s were full of excess and cocaine, not good vibrations – or at least that’s what I learned from American Psycho.

To elaborate on my point: what do you think Mark did when he went to a church picnic?

Parishioner: so Mark, when you aren’t pitching what do you like to do?
Mark: I like to be music.
Parishioner: You mean listen to music?
Mark: No, I mean be music.

Quickly it sounds like someone is on drugs or a character in a Haruki Murakami novel.

In reality, Gubicza was a very underrated pitcher in the 1980s. He was a second round pick in 1981, got to the majors in 1984 as a 21-year-old and posted a 4.05 ERA and 1.31 WHIP. He would pitch 269 innings in 1988 and go 20-8 with a 2.70 ERA. He would post a 7.1 and 7.2 WAR in 1988 and 1989, respectively.

His father also pitched professionally, logging 285 innings in the minors, but would never reach the majors.

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For the history of this series, check out this article: Check You Out On the Flip Side: Howard Johnson.