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Chasing Rookies: Parrish and Santiago

Fleer 86 #268 Don Aase
Donruss 87 #469 Larry Parrish
Donruss 87 #476 Johnny Grubb
Donruss 88 #3 Benito Santiago

In the 18th episode of MISportsNow’s “Chasing Rookies,” we dig into another box from monthly trading card subscription company Collectible Card Club and open packs of Upper Deck, Topps, Donruss and Fleer.

Fleer 1986
#268 Don Aase

Drafted in the sixth round by the Boston Red Sox in 1972, Aase made his Major League debut with the Red Sox in 1972. A 1986 All-Star with the Baltimore Orioles, Aase spent time with the California Angels (1978-84), Orioles (1985-88), New York Mets (1989) and Los Angeles Dodgers (1990). The right-hander concluded his carer with a 66-60 record, a 3.80 ERA and 641 strikeouts.

Donruss 1987
#469 Larry Parrish

A two-time All-Star, Parrish spent his Major League career with the Montreal Expos (1974-81), Texas Rangers (1982-88) and Boston Red Sox (1988) before spending time with the Yakult Swallows (1989) and Hanshin Tigers (1990) of the Nippon Professional Baseball league. Parrish recorded 20 or more home runs in a season five teams. Primarily playing at third base, Parrish ended his career with a .263 average, 256 home runs and 992 RBI. He later managed the Detroit Tigers from 1998-99.

Donruss 1987
#476 Johnny Grubb

A 1971 draft selection by the San Diego Padres, Grubb made his Major League debut with the Padres in 1972 and made his only All-Star game appearance with the Padres in 1974. Grubb would go on to play for the Cleveland Indians (1977-78), Texas Rangers (1978-82) and Detroit Tigers (1983-87). The outfielder won a World Series title with the Tigers in 1984. He finished his career with a .278 average, 99 home runs and 475 RBI.

Donruss 1988
#3 Benito Santiago

A five-time All-Star, four-time Silver Slugger Award winner and three-time Gold Glove recipient, Santiago had a lengthy playing career as a catcher. Santiago broke in with the San Diego Padres in 1986 before spending time with the Florida Marlins (1993-94), Cincinnati Reds (1995, 2000), Philadelphia Phillies (1996),  Toronto Blue Jays (1997-98), Chicago Cubs (1999), San Francisco Giants (2001-03), Kansas City Royals (2004) and Pittsburgh Pirates (2005). The 2002 National League Championship Series MVP, Santiago retired in 2005 with a .263 average, 1,830 hits, 920 RBI and 217 home runs.

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