Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Player profile: Joaquin Andujar

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I have 33 cards of Joaquin Andujar. This one is from 1987 Topps.

Playing career: Joaquin Andujar pitched for the Astros, Cardinals and Athletics from 1976 to 1988. By far his best two seasons were 1984 and 1985, when he won 20 and then 21 games for the Cardinals.

My memories: My mental image of Andujar is not pitching but of getting into fights – he always seemed to be in the middle of a brawl or yelling at the umpire.

Interesting stories: One of several former Cardinals to be briefly suspended by the league for cocaine use. That use could explain his several on-field blow-ups, including one in Game 7 of the 1985 World Series, from which he was ejected. He also had many famous quotes, including "There is one word in America that says it all, and that one word is, 'You never know.'" A full list of quotes can be found here.

Where he is now: Anyone know where Joaquin Andujar is now?

Google Autocomplete results: He is second when you type Joaquin A, between Joaquin Arias, the former MLB infielder currently in the Royals organization, and Joaquin Almunia, VP in charge of Competition at the European Commission. There do not appear to be any other prominent Joaquin Andujars.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Juan Andujar.

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