[The fifteenth in a series: I’m picking one player that I associate with a team (whether they spent the majority of their career there or not) that I would strongly consider adding to my official want lists. They may not always be superstars, or the most popular, and honestly they may not always be my favorite player from the team, but that’s what will make this fun, no?]
We’re at the half way point in the series! I might actually finish this before the end of the start of next season! Today we focus on the Diamondbacks, one of the newest teams in the League. The Cubs swept the snakes at home over the weekend, which helped us tread water in the wild card race. Thanks, Arizona!
Randy Johnson is another one of those easy choices. Cy Young winner, 300-plus game winner, strikeout master, intimidating force on the mound. It would be a fun collection to pursue, albeit sneakily expensive.
Current player runner-up: Paul Goldschmidt
He’s not underrated in the baseball world, but he seems to be underrated in the collecting world. He’s quietly putting together a pretty remarkable career and he’s get a lot more attention in a bigger market.
Retired player runner-up: Luis Gonzalez
I pulled this autograph from a box in my non-blogging run. It’s the gold version numbered out of 10, and I actually recently sold it on ebay for much less than a HOF candidate should. I know it’s unlicensed, but I bet a collection for this hall of very good player would be attainable.
The Series So Far
Angels – (tie) Jim Abbott & Vladimir Guerrero
Braves – Steve Avery
Brewers – Bob Eucker
Cardinals – Jim Edmonds
Diamondbacks – Randy Johnson
Dodgers – Jackie Robinson
Indians – Jim Thome
Mets – (tie) Darryl Strawberry & Dwight Gooden
Phillies – Mike Schmidt
Pirates – Andrew McCutchen
Rangers – Nolan Ryan
Reds – Eric Davis
Rockies – Carlos Gonzalez
Tigers – Alan Trammell
White Sox – Paul Konerko