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1987 Topps Gerald Perry 639 - Braves Card of the Day ⚾

A lot of long time Braves fans, like myself, thought Perry was a pretty good baseball player. We based that on his .300 batting average in 1988 and the two near .270 seasons that led up to it. At the time, we thought it was a breakout season. We thought he was destined for greater things. We were wrong.

Perry’s reputation was that of a “professional hitter”, but he really wasn’t. He was a guy that the Braves kept running out at first base because the Braves really didn’t have any other options.

Of course, now I look at Fangraphs and Baseball Reference and see that not only was Perry not as good as I thought at the time, but he really wasn’t very good at all. That said, he played first base for the Braves and he was one of our guys. I’m astounded at the number of bad baseball players of which I have fond memories.