Sunday, June 9, 2013

Serial insanity cards 846-850

5 more cards for you to look at as we trudge on towards the goal of 1500.  Today we have a good mix of retired and current stars.

Card 846:  Joey Votto

Serial Number:   292
Team:  Cincinnati Reds, card # 27 out of 50

Dare I say the most dangerous hitter in the senior circuit, or the hitter with the best eye.  In 2011, led the NL in walks with 110.  In 2012, led the NL in walks with 94 while missing 51 games.  In 2013, leads the NL in walks with 47 (on pace for 125). 

Card 847:  Dave Winfield

Serial Number:  127
Team:  San Diego Padres, card # 31 out of 50

Ranks 11th all time in career games played with 2973.  Missing the 1989 season hurt that total; even if he had only played 120 games that season, his place on the games played ladder climbs from 11th to 4th.  Speaking of 4th, that's when he was drafted in the first round of the 1973 draft, behind some guy named Robin Yount.

Card # 848:  Orlando Hudson

Serial Number:  841
Team:  Toronto Blue Jays, card # 37 out of 50

Reached the end of the road last year after 12 big league seasons, but for a 43rd round pick in the 1997 draft, I'd say he certainly exceeded expectations.  1300+ hits, 4 Gold Gloves and 2 all star games tells me that he fared quite well during his time in the bigs.

Card #849:  Travis Hafner

Serial Number:  483
Team:  Texas Rangers, card # 32 out of 50

Hafner is a true "what could have been" story.  His 2006 season was incredible, .308, 42 HR, 117 RBI and 100 walks in 129 games.  Travis slid a little in 2007, but still posted decent numbers, but then the next 5 seasons had big chunks removed because of injuries.  He's showing a bit of the old power so far in the Bronx this year, 10 HR in 48 games played isn't too shabby...

Card # 850:  Brooks Robinson


Serial Number:  607
Team:  Baltimore Orioles, card # 18 out of 50

Maybe the best nickname in the history of baseball, the "human vacuum cleaner" has 16 gold gloves to his name (in 16 consecutive seasons).  What makes that more incredible for me is that he missed only 97 games during those 16 seasons, meaning he averaged 156 games a season. 

Thanks for reading, Robert

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