4.16.2010

Derrel Thomas, 1981 Topps

Name: Derrel Thomas
Team: Los Angeles Dodgers
Positions: Outfield, second base, etc., etc.
Value of card: $20 off at Dr. Danny's Orthodontiporium
Key 1980 stat: 206 jobs held
Mr. Everything: Derrel Thomas is perhaps the greatest example baseball has seen of a "utility player." During his lengthy, if not illustrious, career, Thomas played every defensive position except pitcher. His lifetime fielding statistics take longer to read than the average U.S. budget. But even that list doesn't cover it all. Thomas also drove the team bus, operated the scoreboard at home games and cleaned the locker room showers. In 1979, Thomas acted as team dentist, transplanting one of his own front teeth into Steve Garvey's mouth when Garvey got into a fight after making eyes at the Phillie Phanatic. Thomas also once gave Tommy Lasorda a back rub after a 13-inning loss to the Mets, though he wasn't acting in any official capacity.
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