Tuesday, June 25, 2013

723rd Place - Mark Grant

Card #752

Howdy friends - sorry for the irregular posts as of late.  Business travel and family vacations have taken over the past couple of weeks.  Then again, why am I apologizing for having a life outside of this blog?  We should all live a little!

Mark Grant is rocking the crooked neck pose.  Combined with the brown jersey and striped pants...oh who am I kidding.  This is another boring card. 

It's mildly fun that he has his jersey number written on his glove.  Historically, though, he rocked a lot of different jersey numbers.  He's now an announcer for the Padres, and apparently a bit biased.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

724th Place - Jay Aldrich

Card #616

There's not much interesting to discuss related to this particular card.  Jay Aldrich had a short, inconspicuous career.  This is about all I could find on the internet.  To the best of my knowledge its his lone Topps card ever made.

*crickets chirping in the background*

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

725th Place - Jeff Dedmon

Card #469

Unbeknown to Jeff, 1988 would be his last year in the majors.  Kind of ruins that nice smile, doesn't it?  This is his last Topps card.  His brief tenure on the Indians didn't make the cut in the following year's set.

Dedmon's daughter had some success as a high school softball player, which is all kinds of awesome.  It looks like she made it to the NCAA too.

Anytime I hear "Dedmon," I think of this video.

(NSFW language!)

Monday, June 10, 2013

726th Place - Craig Reynolds

Card #557

This is the first Astros card featured on the blog.  The only remaining teams who haven't been featured yet are the Twins, Cardinals, and Mets.  I suppose it's no coincidence that the two World Series teams from the year before have better quality cards than their peers.

I've got nothing against Craig Reynolds.  I just find this card to be uninspired.  There's something about his smile that seems off, and the spring training crowd behind him is distracting.

Craig joins a growing number of players we've encountered who have worked in their respective churches since their playing days ended.  I'm starting to think maybe I should go back through and create a new label...

Thursday, June 6, 2013

727th Place - Ed Olwine

Card #353

We caught you again, Topps.  This is the same photo shoot from the Damaso Garcia card.  Just like Garcia, we'll give the "gratuitous product placement" award for Sharp and Marlboro

Did you know Ed Olwine was named "Salesperson of the Year at the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association’s 32nd Annual OBIE Awards?"  It's not the Cy Young, but not too shabby Ed!

Ed had a solid rookie debut in 1986, but his cups of coffee the next two seasons left the Braves wanting.  He bounced around AAA a couple of more seasons but never made it back to the bigs.  This is his second and last Topps card.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

728th Place - Lenn Sakata

Card #716

I've mentioned before that I'm a lifelong Orioles fan, so seeing Lenn Sakata not wearing an O's uniform - and especially wearing a Yankees jersey - really weirds we out.  It just doesn't look natural.

Sakata had a very peculiar and interesting career in the majors, being one of the first Asian Americans to ever play in the bigs, and having the distinction of being replaced by Cal Ripken Jr. at shortstop.  Sakata had one of the cushiest jobs in baseball after that:  backing up the Iron Man.  SABR has an awesome write-up on their biography project page.

I was just reading Kevin's Greg Briley post and thinking, "man, I miss big glasses on ball players."  Sakata only reinforces those emotions.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

729th Place - John Farrell

Card #533

I suppose this is the first card on the list I might one day feel compelled to move higher than it is currently ranked.  That will have nothing to do with John Farrell's career as a major league pitcher, but with his current tenure as the Boston Red Sox manager.  Much to my chagrin (I'm an Orioles fan), he seems to be doing a good job in Beantown.

You can tell John was at the same photo session as his manager.  The Indians cards in this set continue to be uninspiring and dull.  Farrell deserved better for a rookie card.

Monday, June 3, 2013

730th Place - Argenis Salazar

Card #29

Some of you might be aware I have another blog, where I'm replaying the 1984 baseball season using Statis Pro Baseball.  You get to learn a lot about each club as you navigate their every game.  One thing I've yet to figure out is how the heck Argenis Salazar appeared in half the games the Montreal Expos played that year.  He hit .155 with a .201 slugging percentage.  I don't mean to insult Mr. Salazar, as he was talented enough to play in five different seasons at the top level of baseball.  I just can't figure out how he got so many chances.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

731st Place - Jim Morrison

Card #751

Jim Morrison was one of those players when I was a kid I had a random fondness for.  I have no idea why, he was mostly a part time player without a remarkable record.  He was just one of those guys I rooted for without explanation.

Jim Morrison, of course, shares a name with someone more famous than himself, the lead singer of The Doors.  You always see Jim's name pop up when a blogger or baseball writer is creating a list or all star squad of alternate monikers. 

This card is one of the last airbrush jobs we'll see in the set, and is the only reason I would rank Jim so low.  He started the year in Pittsburgh but was traded to Detroit during their playoff run.  In that last stretch for the Tigers, he struck out 26 times in 117 at-bats with only 2 walks and a .205 average.  That's probably not what Sparky was hoping for.

If you couldn't initially tell this was an airbrushed card, the number under Jim's bill is a dead giveaway.  The "2" was his jersey number for the Pirates.  He wore #9 in Detroit.