Tuesday, September 5, 2017

1994 Topps Traded Update Series #9 Tom Runnells

Tom Runnells played in MLB for 2 seasons with the Cincinnati Reds in 1985 and 1986. After his career, he spent the 1990 and 1991 seasons with the Montreal Expos as a coach, before becoming manager of the club midway through the 1991 season. He managed them through May 1992, before losing his job to Felipe Alou. After his time in Montreal, he managed in the minors for the Detroit Tigers organization in the minors. In Spring Training of 1995 while the major leaguers were on strike, Tigers manager Sparky Anderson quit managing, saying he wouldn't manage replacement players. Runnells was named Tigers manager, and managed them in the spring until the strike was settled in April and Anderson came back. Runnells came back to the Majors as a coach for the Colorado Rockies from 2009-2016.

Runnell's only Topps cards came in the 1991 Traded and 1992 main sets. He is missing cards from the 1993, and 2010-2017 Topps sets. This card covers his time as Tigers manager in '95.

I recently completed the 1987 Topps page and did some work on the 1988 Topps page.  Looking forward to working more on the '88 page and the 1983 set this week. Thanks for checking out my latest post.

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