Blast From the Past – Mike Maksudian

Who is Mike Maksudian?  Unless you were a die-hard fan in the early ‘90’s you probably have no idea.  Maksudian was a very, very, very spare part on the Jays first World Series winning team in 1992. 

Selected by the Jays in the 1989 minor league draft, he actually enjoyed a fairly productive minor league career in the Blue Jays system.  In three seasons with Knoxville and Syracuse the catcher put together a .282 average with 27 HR, enough to earn a spot as a September call-up to Toronto.  With Pat Borders, Randy Knorr, and Greg Myers already on the roster, Maksudian was delegated to bullpen catcher, and made his major league debut at 1B on September 2. 

He left the Jays on October 26, 1992, claimed on waivers by the Twins.  His career stat line with Toronto was not quite enough to make Toronto’s Level of Excellence: .000 AVG / 0 HR / 0 RBI / 0 R / 0 SB / 3 AB.  Yet, despite those numbers, Mike Maksudian earned a World Series ring for his role in 1992.

But statistics are not why Maksudian deserves recognition.  Stats only tell a small part of a ball player – there is so much more to a man’s character than his numbers.  Maksudian became famous in Toronto in 1992 as an insect-eating, buttocks-tattooing menace. 

As bullpen catcher, during a game at the dome, he was dared by a teammate to eat a large insect in the outfield.  For $800, he accepted and became known as Bugsy.

During his World Series speech at the dome, despite virtually nobody in attendance knowing who the hell he was, Maksudian vowed to tattoo a Toronto Blue Jays logo on his buttocks.  To see if he delivered, re-watch the 1992 World Series video.  You might notice a partially naked rear being spanked at the end.  Well done Mike, well done.

500 Level Fan’s Blast From the Past salutes Mike Maksudian – Blue Jay (folk) Legend.

Mike Maksudian:  Career Major League Statistics

3 seasons (1992-1994)

3 teams (TOR, MIN, CHC)

9 / 41, .220 AVG, .818 OPS, 0 HR, 8 R, 6 RBI

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3 thoughts on “Blast From the Past – Mike Maksudian”

  1. Words are cheap. Everyone has an opinion, but everyone has an A__hole.
    Where do you display your World Series Ring.
    I met him and he even let me put the ring on my hand. This guy is talented, humble and funny. He was one of the guys that night, but he went home with the ring.
    He said something that night that stuck with me all these years. I ask him what the differnce was between a guy that makes it, and one that doesn’t his replied “Once you get in the major league everyone is talented. Some guys with natural ability, work real hard, stay health and are in the right place at the right time become superstars. Then there are the rest of us. We need to want this as much as the air we breath, work double hard, stay health, get a few breaks and be in the right place at the right time.
    His teammates felt that his contribution helped them win the World Series. If your co-workers voted on your contribution, would they feel you are deserving of the top prize like a World Series Ring?

  2. I spent 5+ yrs collecting a signed card from all the members of the Jays 92 & 93 World Series team. Fifty eight of the fifty none players, the seven coaches, the manager and the GM all were happy to sign. Only Mike Maksudian refused to sign a card. Despite numerous attempts. That will therefore go down in history as the only annoying hold out on a otherwise great bunch of guys. And should probably mail back his ring.

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