Wednesday, September 7, 2011

2002 UD Piece of History Phenom - Gustavo Chacin

I currently have 4 different complete sets of Phenoms from the 2002 UD Piece of History set. Each complete set includes three different serial numbered cards.

The first complete Phenom set features Gustavo Chacin. Gustavo Chacin is #96 in the 2002 Upper Deck 21st Century Phenom set. In 2002, Gustavo was in the Toronto Blue Jay organization. He was signed as a free agent by the Blue Jays in 1998. He worked his way up through the Blue Jay organization and made his MLB debut on September 20, 2004. Chacin started 2 games for the Blue Jays and finished 2004 with a MLB record of 1 win and 1 loss. His best year for the Blue Jays was 2005. He started 34 games and pitched 203 innings. His record for 2005 was 13 wins and 9 losses with an ERA of 3.72. He played in the Toronto organization through 2008 when he was granted free agency.

Chacin’s career seemed to start in a downward direction after he was arrested in Tampa for DUI. Since then he has been in the Nationals, Phillies and Astro organizations. He appeared in 44 games as a reliever for the Astros in 2010. The Astros released him in July 2011 and he was immediately signed by the Mets. The Mets assigned him to their AAA Buffalo team. 2011 has been a rough year for Chacin. He has a minor league record of 3 wins and 7 losses with an ERA of 6.39.

As a side note, I saw Chacin pitch on August 24 of this year. I was at a Toledo Mudhens game. Toledo was playing the Buffalo Bisons and Chacin was brought in as a relief pitcher. Apparently, that night was typical of his 2011 season. He pitched 1 1/3 innings and gave up a grand slam home run to Danny Worth. Worth’s HR gave the Mudhens the victory and Chacin got a blown save for his work.

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