2011 Topps #479 Justin Duchscherer (Orioles)
This is the newest inductee into the "zero-year club".
After about two or three years of collecting cards of Duchscherer, I think I have finally memorized how to spell his last name.
Duchscherer (pronounced Duke-sher) is one of the classic examples of a talented player who just cannot stay healthy for whatever reason.
He was an All-Star reliever in 2005, finishing the year with a 2.21 ERA in 85 2/3 innings. The reason I started collecting Duchscherer stems from that 2005 All-Star game. He was also an All-Star in 2008, this time as a starter. He'd finish the season with a 10-8 record and a paltry 2.54 ERA.
However, he's only pitched 28 big-league innings since his All-Star season in '08. Injuries coupled with a bout with depression have limited his action. He missed all of the 2009 season, and started just five games in 2010, going 2-1 with a 2.89 ERA.
He'd sign with the Orioles as a free agent in February of 2011. However, a hip injury forced him to miss the entire season.
The O's released him in August of last year. Duchscherer never got the chance to pitch a single game for Baltimore.
He's still a free agent. Even with all the injuries, I really hope an organization is willing to take a chance on him with a low-risk minor league deal.
It could pay huge dividends.