- Sent: 9/14/17 | Received: 10/2/17 | 18 Days
- ’87 Donruss, ’88 Fleer, ’89 Topps, ’92 Pinnacle, ’92 Upper Deck
- Address: Home
The Story of the Autograph
Mark Gubicza spent the majority of his years pitching for the Kansas City Royals and ended his career with the California Angels in 1997. These days he provides color commentary for Angels broadcasts. He is a two-time All-Star and a World Series winner (1985).
Mark started his career just on the edge of the rotation, but was a good pitcher. He didn’t get to pitch in the 1985 World Series because the Royals had a great four-man rotation and he was the odd man out. In 1988 he made his first All-Star team and it might have been his best overall year. He was 20-8 in 25 games, had 8 complete games (unheard of these days really), 4 shutouts, 269 innings pitched, a 2.70 ERA, 183 Ks and 83 walks. That stat line helped him to end up 3rd in the AL Cy Young voting for that year.
He followed that great year up with another All-Star appearance in 1989 when he led the league in games started. That year he was 15-11 with a 3.04 ERA and 173 Ks (the highest total of his career).
After 1989 he really went downhill a bit. He never pitched more than 133 innings except for 1995 and he barely got back to a season with a winning record (7-6 in 1992 was the best he could muster). Mark also never got close to even 100 Ks in a season again.
One last interesting tidbit, Mark coached at Chaminade High School in West Hills, CA in 2005 and 2006. One of the kids he coached was Kevin Pillar who is now with the Toronto Blue Jays.
The Score on Mark Gubicza – 3.5
I don’t remember Mark’s signature being like this in the past. It’s hard to tell what he is actually signing. I feel like he is only signing his last name base on the way the first letter looks to start. But essentially his autograph doesn’t look like too much these days. He used a good marker and it started at a nice size, there’s just not much of it. Because there isn’t much to go by it’s a little tough to score and even get it to a middle ground.
This one only gets a 3.5, but thanks for signing Mr. Gubicza!
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