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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Bob Sebra, Still Suspended - 136

Check out the revisited Bob Sebra feature from June 2011: Bob Sebra, On Purpose

Bob Sebra was nothing, if not honest.

The Brewers had just traded for him and another player weeks before. By the time June 30, 1990 came around, things weren't going well and Sebra decided to do something about it. Seattle's Tracy Jones was right in his sights.

"I drilled him, I hit him on purpose," Sebra, told reporters outright after the game, according to a Los Angeles Times archives account. "Things haven't been going right for me or the team lately. It was time for someone to take a lump. I wasn't trying to hit him in the head, but I was trying to drill him."

It was Sebra's sixth major league campaign. He had been in the majors for at least a couple games each season since 1985.

Drafted in the seventh round of the 1983 draft by the Rangers, he saw action in seven games in 1985. The Rangers would soon turn Sebra and another player into Pete Incaviglia, who would have a breakout year in 1986. The Expos would turn Sebra into their top strikeout man in 1987, but not much else.

Sebra's debuted with the Expos in 1986 - two weeks before he would ultimately be called up. According to an account at the BaseballLibrary, Sebra's National League debut would be credited on July 13. The July 13 game was suspended and not completed until July 24, the day Sebra was called up. He went on that year to pitch a two-hitter Sept. 30.

After 1990, he played three more years in AAA in four organizations. He even caught on in 1998 with the traveling Somerset Patriots of the Atlantic League. Their stadium not yet complete, they played the season on the road. An account of their situation in the New York Post has Sebra search a hotel for his room, then realizing he was on the wrong floor.

That's where his playing days ended. His major league playing days ended with that bean ball into the back of Tracy Jones. The ensuing brawl left nine suspended. Sebra got five games. A reporter noted that Sebra would only begin serving the suspension "if and when he returned." He never served it. He was promptly sent back to AAA, never to return to the majors.

For the Associated Press account of the 1990 brawl, click here:
For the New York Post article on the Patriots, click here:

1990 CMC Tally
Cards Reviewed: 37/880 - 4.2%
Major Leaguers: 21 - 57%
Never Made the Majors: 16 - 43%
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 7
10+ Seasons in the Minors: 13

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