I collected baseball cards from the late '80s through 2002. Then I went to college and when I came out, I was lost. There were too many brands, sets, choices, relics, autos, parallels, variations. It was a turn off. However, I slowly made my way back.
So here is my attempt to venture back into the hobby. I'll buy a few packs of cards here and there, comment on some cards I have, send out some TTMs, and follow the progress of my Topps Yankees Project.
I’m on a roll featuring this series two days in a row after not showing it for a year! Here
are past entries, if you want to catch any older posts in the series. I'm sure you have nothing better to do, so read up.
We’ll start off with a former Pirates lefty Tom Gorzelanny,
who has one of those names I just could never pronounce. While he has shifted
between starter and reliever, his best years came as a starter with the Pirates early in his
career. He went 14-10 with a 3.88 ERA in 2007, by far his best campaign. He had
a few decent years out of the pen with both Washington and Milwaukee. Still
only 34, he’s currently in the Mets’ minor league system, although hasn’t
pitched this year due to a shoulder injury.
Rickie Weeks. Raise your hand if you still knew he was
playing? He’s currently on the Rays and has played in 36 games. He’s best known
for having some pop in his bat as a second basemen for Milwaukee for 11 years. He
hit 20 HRs for them in three straight seasons, earning an All-Star spot in 2011.
He was even voted in as a starter, which is a great honor. In 2010, he led the
league with 754 plate appearance, which is a lot. He must’ve been feeling
pretty good after being named Baseball’s Sexiest Player by Cosmo Magazine in 2009.
He’s essentially now carved a role as a yearly minor league free agent with a
chance to stick with the club. Regardless, he’s doing ok with over $47Mil in
career earnings. I'd trade places with him.
You could have told me Kevin Gregg was still pitching
someone and I would have been like, “ok, cool.” Alas, he hasn’t pitched since
2015. He had a few very good seasons as a closer from 2007-2013, saving over 30
games three different times. I will say that I’ll always have a place in my
heart for him for being one of the few people to yell at David Ortiz, telling him
to run a ball out. But we all know Ortiz didn’t run and that such a chore was
beneath him, so Gregg was the one at fault.
2009 NL Manager of the Year Jim Tracy makes an appearance in
this series. He took over as manager on May 29th, 2009 when Clint Hurdle
was fired, and led the Rockies to the post-season. He also appeared in the
post-season in 2004 with the Dodgers, where he had his most success as a manager.
In 5 years there, he was 427-383, and for his career finished 856-880 (assuming
he doesn’t manager again). Just under .500. Too bad! As a player, he was part of the Cubs in ’80 and ’81,
finishing as a .249 hitter in 185 career ABs.
What a great looking card! I do remember Mark Teahen as a
decent prospect, and in fact, he did crack Baseball America’s pre-season Top
100 in 2005. He was part of Billy Beane’s 2002 Moneyball draft as well, but was
traded to the Royals in the three-team deal that sent Carlos Beltran from KC to
Houston. He had a couple of decent years in KC, hitting .290 with 18 HRs in 2006. He
played for KC through 2009, then played for the White Sox (2010-11), and the
Blue Jays (2011). He currently plays with Padova in an Italian baseball league,
which is pretty cool. Here
is the team roster.