Friday, May 16, 2014


Mark Kaz over at This Way to the Clubhouse ... has the wonderful feature Four Topps, where he randomly selects a card of the same number from the 1987, '88, '89 and '90 sets in a pseudo showdown of the favorite sets from his youth.

After receiving his 19-card package of  '14 Heritage cards, I'll steal from and bastardized his feature. I ran the range of the card numbers (14 through 417) on until I drew four from the stack.


  • Holding a Zinger bat that had anything but zing in it last season, Montero slashed a career-worst .230/.318/.344 with 11 homers. So far this season, he's got the zing back in his swing, slashing .286/.385/.443 with five homers.


  • Yankee pinstripes look awfully good on the '65 design. Gardner returned last year after missing nearly all of '12 with an elbow injury. Playing a full season in '13, he led the AL in triples with 10, hit eight homers and drove in 52. Hit his first homer of the season on Monday, a grand slam off the Mets' Bartolo Colon (sorry, Mark).


  • must know I'm a Ben Zobrist collector. Yes, two-time All-Star Zorilla, he being the Swiss Army Knife of the Rays. Primarily a second baseman the past two seasons, he's filled in all over the infield and outfield while averaging a quiet 18 homers and 79 RBI over his nine-year career but is currently shelved with a dislocated left thumb. Incidentally, the bat-in-the-camera-lens snap never gets old.


  • The '07 NL MVP has been a player to watch since '01. (Note the Hooters sign in the background of this spring training pose.) He hasn't exactly hit it off with new manager Ryne Sandberg in Philadelphia, and the 35-year-old second baseman is coming off his worst season. But what a career it's been: 203 homers, 849 RBI and a slash line of .269/.328/.426. He's won four Gold Gloves and is a three-time All-Star.  


  • Need you ask? It's the Kaz Man, of course. Thanks, Mark. 

1 comment:

  1. Love it! I'm honored!

    Oh, and I have a Chris Davis SP for you, so you can cross that off your list if you haven't already acquired it in the meantime.