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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