Tuesday, January 14, 2014

no. 251 - frank reberger

Who is the man: Frank Reberger was entering his second season with the Giants as kids were pulling this card out of packs in 1971. The reliever and sometimes starter was acquired from the Padres for three players in December, 1969.

Can ya dig it: Reberger has just three solo cards from his career and he looks semi-solemn in all of them.

Right on: Time to play "ball or no ball?" And as is often the case, I say "no ball."

You see this cat Reberger is a bad mother: Reberger didn't get drafted, but the Cubs signed him after a tryout. He was working as a rancher in Idaho (he majored in zoology) at the time. Being a rancher is difficult, bad-ass work.

Shut your mouth: Reberger got into coaching about eight years after his career ended. By the early '90s he was working with the Angels as the bullpen coach under pitching coach Marcel Lachemann. In a story in the L.A. Times, he said he had to keep quiet around Lachemann at first. "I was stepping lightly very early, feeling my way," he said. "Marcel isn't easy to get to know. He's very intense."

No one understands him but his woman: Reberger was hired as pitching coach by the Uni-President Lions, a professional team in Taiwan in 2008.

(A word about the back): Hey! There's a grin! I knew he had it in him.

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