Last year I started up a series called the Throwback Thursday Project. In typical Fro fashion, the series did not last long, as I once again became overwhelmed by posting stuff every day on my own and went MIA during my usual time of the season.
In case you don’t know what this project was all about, after continually seeing how little the Padres acknowledge their history I took it upon myself to get to know some of these players from the past and share the knowledge with you guys. I wanted to restart it this year but being that there is so much great content coming out of this site daily I don’t know if I’ll stick to posting these only on Thursdays. I’ll probably just post them when there’s an open spot. To give you an idea of my general template, I started with the top of the alphabet during the 1969 season and an unknown utility player in Jose Arcia. For certain players I’ll include Awards and Accomplishments, the HOF voting and a “six degrees of separation” section (it won’t be as detailed as the post…just a timeline).
If you have any advice, things you want to see added, things you aren’t interested in, then let me know in the comments section or via Twitter or Facebook. I’ll even take a carrier pigeon if that’s your thing. As Padres fans, let’s get to know the Jose Arcia’s out there. It will make us better, more knowledgeable fans and in case you don’t know, that would be a good thing.
Infielder (Second Base/Shortstop) | Bats: Right | Throws: Right | Height: 6-3 | Weight: 170 | DOB: 8/22/1943 | La Habana, Cuba
Draft: Signed as an amateur free agent by the Houston Colt .45’s in 1962
MLB Debut: 4/10/68 (Chicago Cubs)
Acquired: 10/14/68 – Drafted in the 9th Round (18th Overall) in the 1968 Expansion Draft from the Chicago Cubs
Seasons in San Diego: 1969-1970
Known for: Despite having no power (1 career HR), never hitting for average (.215 average), having little speed (16 stolen bases/13 caught stealing) and not being the best defender (-3.1 dWAR), Arcia still managed to rack up 573 plate appearances over two seasons with the Padres. That speaks wonders as to how dreadful those early seasons were. The Cuban spent the entire 1971 season in AAA before being shipped to the Twins for first baseman Jerry Schlegelmilch. Arcia would never play in the majors again but would spend the next 5 seasons in the Minors before hanging them up. Schlegelmilch did nothing for the Padres….no really, he has no Minor or Major League numbers with the Padres organization and there are no transactions involving him.