Monday, August 5, 2013

Stan the Man

Stan Belinda was drafted by the Pirates in 1986 and made his debut with them at the end of the '89 season.  He was always a bullpen guy, making appearances in 585 career games, but never starting a game.  He recorded 79 saves in his twelve year career, also playing for the Royals, Red Sox, Reds, Rockies, and Braves (though he didn't save any games in Atlanta in his last year in the bigs).  He retired  in 2000 with a decent 41-37 record and a 4.15 ERA.

As a kid, I seemed to get lucky pulling cards of Stan Belinda and Jose Lind, both on the Pirates at the time.  Though I didn't get this one until recently, it was of particular interest to me (not just to be able to finish the set, of course).  Not for the less-than-thrilling action shot, or because I'm jumping on the Pirates bandwagon now that they're in first place.  It's because...

We share the same birthday!

Okay, so you probably can't see it, but he was born on August 6th, 1966, 18 years exactly before me.  Happy 47th Stan!


  1. Oh snap! Happy Birthday, friend!!

  2. Happy belated B-Day.

    I always thought it was cool that Stan Belinda was a Pirates closer because he threw sidearm, like Kent Tekulve.