Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Serial Insanity cards 1026-1030

I skipped posting last night, well, because I was too damn tired.  

But I'm back with a vengeance (if you could call it that) and have 5 more cards for your perusal.

Only 470 to go....

Card # 1026:  Tony Wolters

Serial Number:  266
37th card out of 50 for the Indians

Moving along slowly in the Indians system, but he's just 21 and has 2 full years of high A ball to his credit.  Has hit a combined .266 with 11 homers over the past 2 years, and while his card lists him as a SS, he's played 2nd and catcher as well.

Card # 1027:  Adrian Beltre

Serial Number:  596
45th card out of 50 for the Rangers.

The Rangers join the Yankees as the only 2 teams in the SNI set to reach the 90% complete plateau.  I don't do predictions very often (because I'm bad at them), but I believe that Adrian by the time he is done with playing baseball he will be in the top 10 all time in games played.  He is only 34, and has 2276 games played.  150 games in each of the next 5 seasons will give him 3026, which would sit him tied for 6th with Eddie Murray and Stan the Man.

Card # 1028:  Scott Downs

Serial Number:  221
44th card out of 50 for the Halos

I guess you could say he's been around for awhile.   Downs has been traded for Mike Morgan, Rondell White and Cory Rasmus in 3 separate deals.  Have a little fun, click on the Mike Morgan link and see all the different teams he played for during his 22 year career.

Card # 1029:  Placido Polanco

Serial Number:  1290
26th card out of 50 for el Tigres.

His is a name that is just fun to say.  I never would have believed that he has over 2100 hits in his career, or has been in the majors for 16 seasons.  The 00's were very good to him, the lowest batting average he had in any season in that decade was .285 and he hit .341 in 2007.  Also a pretty good contact hitter, his highest strikeout total for any season is only 47.  I can admire that...

Card # 1030:  Brant Colamarino

Serial Number:  247
43rd card out of 50 for the Athletics

I like the serial numbering on the '04 Topps cards, it's big and easy to read.  Colamarino is a Pittsburgh boy, but unfortunately never got past AAA, and only had one sniff at that level, in 2005.  I'm curious as to why he never got more of a look at AAA, his career numbers in the minors were decent, especially over two levels in 2005 when he hit .274/21/92.

Thanks for reading, Robert

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