[The sixteenth 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?]
Well, since I’ve dropped the ball on blogging for a while, I’m in the mood for a quickie post. What better way to accomplish that than with a three-scanner. I can’t really tie any of these posts to actively played games, so it’s all random selection from here. I honestly don’t know a lot about the Orioles other than they seem to have a pretty active card blogging contingent and that Ripken collectors can get intense. Spoiler alert: I’m not going anywhere near that wallet landmine.
Adam Jones gets the call based not only on his potentially underrated on-field play, but also his personality. Sometimes impressions are wrong, but it sure seems like he has a great head on his shoulders and takes pride in being a good person.
Current player runner-up: Matt Wieters
In theory this should be easy. As far as I know, he still doesn’t have any Topps cards. I’m not sure about the history on his hold out, but it sure is interesting. Oddly enough, it also means I sometimes forget he’s an active baseball player.
Retired player runner-up: Eddie Murray
See, I told you I wasn’t touching Cal. Cal may have been a bad-ass in some respects, but Eddie is a different kind of bad-ass. Look at how pissed he is to be squeezed into that little circle. Don’t you want that attitude staring back at you? “You don’t have all my cards yet? What the hell are you waiting for?” It’s built in motivation.
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
Orioles – Adam Jones
Phillies – Mike Schmidt
Pirates – Andrew McCutchen
Rangers – Nolan Ryan
Reds – Eric Davis
Rockies – Carlos Gonzalez
Tigers – Alan Trammell
White Sox – Paul Konerko