Obscure Athletes

Where the 15 Minutes of Fame Never End

Obscure dads: Delino DeShields

Today is, of course, Father’s Day and we here at OA would be remiss if we didn’t pay a bit of an omage to the men in our lives who were there to beat us when we fucked up as kids. And so in that spirit, we’re putting a very special obscure spotlight today, on one very happy dad.

Deshields, along with rookies Marquis Grissom and Larry Walker. Remember how sick those early 90s Expos were?

Delino DeShields was the 12th overall pick in the 1987 MLB first year player draft by les Expos, and he made his debut in April of 1990. DeShields was a solid base-stealer in his day, and his 463 steals make him the 44th most prolific base stealer in the history of the game. DeShields made zero all-star appearances in his 13 seasons, and never hit more than 11 home runs. He finished his career with a very average average, at .268, and is perhaps best known for being shipped to LA after the 1993 season for a young Pedro Martinez in what is widely regarded as the worst trade in Dodgers history.

Maybe he'll follow in his dad's footsteps one day and be a mediocre player known primarily for his base-stealing.

DeShields retired after the ’02 season, and the world thought that it had seen the last of baseball players named Delino DeShields. Boy were we wrong. This June, Delino DeShields, Jr, was picked 8th overall by the Astros, a full four spots ahead of Papa Delino 23 years ago. Now don’t get me wrong, I would love to see Little Delino make it to the majors, but to have a major league father-son obscure tandem for baseball fans across generations to enjoy? That’s a different kind of success. Happy Father’s Day to my dad and to Delino DeShields.


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