Monthly Archives: June 2009

Senators #18: John Stone

Stone 1934

John Stone
1934 Goudey #40
Position:
OF
Bio/Summary: John Stone is the oldest Senator player that I have to date. I would like to work my way back into the past of the team, as I’m reading a fascinating book about the history of DC baseball, but unfortunately, those cards all get way too expensive too fast. On the topic of Stone, however, he joined Washington in 1934 after years in Detroit (and yet this counts as his rookie card!), and continued to be a great hitter, as he had been in Detroit. His OPS+ numbers from 1934 to his last year in 1938 are 125, 117, 142, 125, and 85. It’s hard to gauge how powerful he was, given the era, but those numbers speak for themselves.
How Did I Get It?: Won it on eBay.
Did You Know?: Stone was so highly regarded that the Senators sent Hall of Fame outfielder Goose Goslin to the Tigers in an even trade for Stone. Goslin went on to help the Tigers win back-to-back pennants in 1934 and 1935, while the Senators dropped from 1st place to seventh place in 1934.
Rating: 9/10 – I’m blinded by the historical relevance of this card, I have to say. But I like it!
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Couple Days Off

Hi all,

I’m having some severe stress in my life right now and am trying to figure out what I want to do with the rest of my life…as such, I’m going to need to take a few days off and clear my head. I’ll be back…hopefully.

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Failed Prospect #19: Dave Wainhouse

Wainhouse

Dave Wainhouse
1992 Stadium Club #885
Position: P
Bio/Summary:
Wainhouse was one of those weird rookies that showed up in 1989 Bowman and confused the hell out of me (along with Johnny Ard and Royce Clayton, among others). I had no idea what to make of him, as he never really seemed to be a viable prospect, and his time in the majors showed it: he had a career 7.37 ERA with a 2-3 record, 1.819 WHIP, and 66 ERA+. Yiiiick.
How Did I Get It?: Bought a box of Series 3 1992 Stadium Club.
Did You Know?: He was the first Canadian ever selected in the first round.
Rating: 5/10 – 1992 Stadium Club is weird; some of the photography is good, but it all feels so dark. I don’t know if it was the process or what – and of course this is just a Spring Training shot, so it knocks it down a notch.

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Memory Lane #20: Brad Wilkerson

Wilkerson Bowman Chrome

The first emotion that comes to my mind when I see this card is hope. The hope of those heady early days of the Nationals, when  it seemed like Brad Wilkerson and Livan Hernandez were enough. When Wilkerson was hitting for the cycle in the first days, and it looked like he was going to be the face of the franchise, handling things like local ads for my bank. I was bummed when he was traded away, but then watched him decline and falter in his time with the Rangers. What the hell had happened?
 
Even though I was following the Nats more than Wilkerson, I still kept an eye on him as he bounced from organization to organization and, finally, ended his career earlier this year. Thanks for the great times, Wilkie. We’ll always have ’05.

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2007 Nationals Upper Deck Mother’s Day 2/2

Patterson

John Patterson
2007 Nationals Upper Deck Mother’s Day #2
Category:
Nationals Star
Position: SP
Bio/Summary: John Patterson is another Shawn Hill story: had that one great year, then just fell off the radar because of injuries. I sometimes wonder about the Nationals’ training staff…we’ve lost quite a few promising pitchers to injuries. I’d still like to see Patterson catch on somewhere, but I know it’s just not going to happen.
Rating: 7/10 – Pretty cool shot. Is that his high school uniform? I like getting a glimpse at something like that.

Rauch

Jon Rauch
2007 Nationals Upper Deck Mother’s Day #4
Category: Nationals Lynchpin
Position: RP
Bio/Summary:  I miss Jon. He was a great sight coming out of the bullpen, and pretty reliable. Sure, he wasn’t a star or anything like that, but he was a solid presence out there in the bullpen. I’m bummed to see he’s not doing as well in Arizona.
Rating: 7/10 – Hahaha, can you believe a guy that big was once so much smaller than his mother? Yikes. Fun picture.

Schneider

Brian Schneider
2007 Nationals Upper Deck Mother’s Day #1
Category:
Former National
Position: C
Bio/Summary: Schneider, of course, is catching in New York these days, but I guess he was considered something of a team leader way back when. I think that’s the term they give to someone who’s not that great at much of anything, but sticks around. And you know what? It’s hard to talk smack looking at that picture.
Rating: 8/10 – Look at that kid. He hasn’t change much in the years since then, has he? Absolutely adorable shot.

Zimmerman

Ryan Zimmerman
2007 Nationals Upper Deck Mother’s Day #7
Category:
Nationals Star
Position: 3B
Bio/Summary: This card actually has some significance. Ryan’s mother has MS, and has been in a wheelchair since 2000, so this is obviously pre-diagnosis, which gives it a bit of a bittersweet feeling.
Rating: 9/10 – My second favorite in the set – the emotional impact does it for me.

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Nationals Auto: Elijah Dukes

Dukes Auto

Elijah Dukes
2009 Upper Deck Inkredible #ED
Category: Nationals Lynchpin
Position: OF
Bio/Summary: I think I’ve admitted that I was a skeptic when the Nationals picked up Elijah Dukes, given that horrific history of his, but he’s been a decent player. Unfortunately, he seems to have lost his ability to take a pitch in 2009, but I wonder if that has something to do with having to play out of position? Could it be messing with his head? To date, in 2009 he’s .242/.307/.423, a 91 OPS+. Not too bad for a centerfielder, except his defense in center is pretty bad. I wish we could get him into a corner outfield position.
How Did I Get It?: Won it on eBay.
Did You Know?: Elijah hit a home run against the New York Yankees in his first MLB game, April 2, 2007.
Rating: 7/10 – Nice big picture (even if it’s not very interesting). A sticker auto that’s a bit off-center, but I like the card overall.

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Expos Auto: Shawn Hill

Hill Auto

Shawn Hill
2004 Upper Deck Etchings #150
Category: Former National
Position: SP
Bio/Summary: Oh, Shawn. You had such potential. I really thought he was going to put it together at some point, but the injuries were just too much for him. I’m glad he’s at least gotten some time in San Diego, but it doesn’t look like he’s done much out there, either, going just 1-1 with a 72 ERA+. He’s probably too injured to get back to where he once was. It’s a shame.
How Did I Get It?: Won it on eBay.
Did You Know?: On July 4, 2004, Hill was the winning pitcher in  the final game between two Canadian Major League Baseball teams, as the Expos defeated the Toronto Blue Jays, 6-4. Ironically, the game was played at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Rating: 8/10 – I love the look and feel of this card. Its a sticker done right – fits in with the etchings theme. Very nice.

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