Sunday, July 7, 2013

Serial insanity cards 861-865

Here's 5 more serial numbered cards, all featuring 2011 Topps Triple Threads cards for your viewing pleasure

Card #861:  Jason Heyward

Serial Number: 222
Team:  Atlanta Braves, card # 31 out of 50

The numbers just aren't wowing me this year for Jason, but it's also hard to fathom that this is his 4th full year of pro ball at the age of 23.  I have a feeling that he's going to kick it into another gear after the all star break and the numbers will climb quickly.

Card #862:  Ryan Howard

Serial Number:  243
Team:  Philadelphia Phillies, card # 25 out of 50

The 4 year period between 2006-2009 for Ryan may be one of the best 4 year periods for any major leaguer, ever.  198 HR, 572 RBI, and all 4 seasons in the top 5 in MVP voting.  To be honest, I think he still has something in the tank, but a change of scenery is necessary in order to get it out of him.   Maybe DHing in the AL will be the tonic?

Card #863:  Josh Hamilton

Serial Number:  475
Team:  Texas Rangers, card # 33 out of 50

Maybe giant contracts aren't what they're cracked up to be?  If he thought the boos in Texas were bad, wait until Angels fans run out of patience with his .229 batting average.   If they haven't already.

Card #864:  Rogers Hornsby

Serial Number:  586
Team:  St. Louis Cardinals, card # 36 out of 50

OK, maybe this 4 year period for Rogers was just as good.  Between 1922-1925, Rogers hit .404 and won the triple crown twice!  In 1922, Rogers led the NL in every offensive category except for triples (he only had 14 that year, the NL leader had 22) and stolen bases (he had 17).

Card # 865:  Kevin Youkilis

Serial Number:  620
Team:  Boston Red Sox, card # 28 out of 50

The nickname "the Greek God of Walks" that I heard from the Moneyball movie kind of stuck with me, so when writing this I decided to look at his walk totals over his career.  Nothing earth shattering really, 91 back in 2006, 77 in a season twice, but other than that, mostly in the 50s-60s range.  It could have been worse, he could have been the Greek God of strikeouts....

Thanks for reading, Robert

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