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Monday, February 8, 2010

Brian Hunter, Brave Hunter - 295

The Braves were already up 1-0 in the top of the first. It was Game 7 of the 1991 NLCS and Brian Hunter was coming to bat. With Terry Pendleton on base, Hunter smacked a line drive to left over the wall. Hunter would tack on another run in the fifth, carrying the Braves to a 4-0 Game 7 win and a chance at the Twins.

Hunter, not to be confused with the other Brian Hunter, the Astros Brian Hunter (1990 CMC 848), debuted with the Braves the previous May 31, playing in 97 games and hitting 12 home runs to help Atlanta to its first division title in years. He's actually one of a number of former CMC set members to help the Braves that year, most notably Dave Justice and Steve Avery.

Drafted by the Braves in the 8th Round of 1987, Hunter made AAA Richmond in 1990 and Atlanta in 1991. He would play in the majors every year until 2000, except 1997, playing for six organizations. In 1994, he would play for the Pirates, the team he helped beat in 1991.

Hunter played in 699 major league games and three post seasons, all with the Braves, in 1991, 1992 and 1999. All three ended the same, with Braves losses. That 1991 World Series, the one he helped make happen with his Game 7 NLCS showing, ended with Gene Larkin sailing a ball over Hunter's head for the Twins Game 7 win.

As for the two Brian Hunters, The Phillies Room pointed out recently that they had the chance to play on the same team, as confusing as that might have been. In 2001, the former Brave Hunter was already a Phillie, but didn't make the roster. The former Astro Hunter did make the roster, providing Philadelphia a constant supply of Brian Hunter.

Former Brave Brian Hunter signed back on with his old team in 2006 as a scout, having previously worked as a scout for the Nationals and the Mets.

1990 CMC Tally
Cards Reviewed: 43/880 - 4.9%
Major Leaguers: 24 - 56%
Never Made the Majors: 19 - 44%
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 9
10+ Seasons in the Minors: 15

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