Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Serial insanity cards 841-845

A 5 pack of cards to show you for the serial numbered insanity set, featuring 5 different years/sets. 

Read on!

Card #841:  Dale Murphy

Serial number:  314
Team:  Atlanta Braves, card # 30 out of 50

Between 1982-1985, you could certainly call Dale "Mr. Consistency".  Didn't miss a game for those 4 seasons, his home run totals for each season were 36,36,36,37.  Dale also won a Gold Glove and Silver Slugger each of those 4 years as well.  Add in 2 MVP's, 100+ RBI's each year, and his average range between .281 and .302 spells one of the elite offensive forces in the NL during the early 80's.

Card #842:  Will Venable

Serial Number:  695
Team:  San Diego Padres, card # 30 out of 50

Is already 34 career HR's ahead of his dad Max, has also exceeded Dad's totals in less than half the career length.  I'm sure dad is proud...

Card #843:  David Ortiz 

Serial Number:  681
Team:  Boston Red Sox, card # 26 out of 50

Should reach 2000 career hits this year (needs 91 more), and 500 career doubles (only needs 7 more).  Probably will go down as the best left handed hitting DH in history.  Maybe I'll do a post one day comparing Big Papi with Edgar Martinez to determine the best all time DH.

Card #844:  Mike Aviles 

Serial Number:  504
Team:  Kansas City Royals, card # 27 out of 50

I will admit that when I pulled this card, I knew nothing about Mike Aviles.  Turns out that he's Mr. Utilityman, and now playing for the Cleveland Indians.  A late bloomer as well, didn't appear in the bigs until age 27 with KC in 2008.  

Card # 845:  Evan Longoria 

Serial Number:  551
Team:  Tampa Bay Rays, card #31 out of 50

Evan is only one of 3 players to win the Gold Glove at 3B in the AL over the past 12 years (twice).  The other 2?  Adrian Beltre (4 times, mentioned in the last Serial Insanity post) and Eric Chavez (6 straight years from 2001-2006).  Evan's not bad with the bat either, he's on pace to set a career high in hits, and should exceed 20 HR 90 RBI again, if he stays healthy.

Thanks for reading, Robert

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