Friday, July 24, 2015

1978 Topps Baseball #312 - Greg Minton

  • Poor Greg Minton. This is a very odd looking card. The only two things that save this card from total failure is the fact that he played for the Giants and the single on the Play Ball game.
  • The Giants were still trying to figure out if Minton was more suited for the bullpen or for starting pitching. Greg was used mostly as a starter in AAA Phoenix in 1977 and in 1978. The Giants finally decided to make Minton a full-time reliever and he made only one start from 1979 until the end of his career in 1990.
  • San Francisco had a deep pitching staff in 1978, so Minton spent most of the year in Phoenix. He made 11 relief appearances all together for the Giants.
  • 1978 Stats:
    • San Francisco Giants: 0-1, 8.04 ERA in 11 games
    • Phoenix Giants (AAA): 7-4, 4.50 ERA in 14 games (13 starts)
  • 1978 Highlights
    • April 26 - Pitched two scoreless in the Giants' 6-1 loss to the Atlanta Braves