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Saturday, March 19, 2016
TTM Success - Jimmy Key
Key (b. 1961) played in the majors from 1984 to 1998 for the Blue Jays, Yankees and Orioles. I didn't realize, but he only played two seasons with the Orioles. It felt like longer. I remember that 1997 O's team he was on was really good, except for some bullpen blunders in the ALCS that year. I had some other personal stuff going on that October, so I don't remember a lot from those playoffs. I do remember them being a really good team, and the pitching rotation of Mussina, Erickson and Key could stack up against pretty much anyone.
Key had a career record of 186-117 with a 3.51 ERA and 1,538 strike outs. He finished as high as 2nd in the AL Cy Young voting twice (1987 and 1994) and was a 4-time All Star. He also finished 6th in the AL MVP voting in 1994 when he went 17-4 for the Yankees. Key won the World Series in 1992 with the Blue Jays and in 1996 with the Yankees.
I mailed to him on 3/7 and got my card back signed on 3/17 for a 10-day TAT. He is someone that I likely will send to again after a while. I love the signature, and the card looks great.