Daily Archives: September 2, 2009

Nationals GU: Wily Mo Pena Allen & Ginter

2008 Allen & Ginter's Materials

2008 Allen & Ginter's Materials

RIP Wily Mo Pena. We hardly knew ye.

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Larry Walker Rookies

In the vein of my Randy Johnson rookie review, here are most of Walker’s rookie cards.

1990 Bowman

1990 Bowman. Spring training shot; the only one with this terrible mustache. Glad he gave up on that.

1990 Fleer

1990 Fleer. Can anyone identify that stadium? Kind of looks like the old Vet.

 

1990 Leaf

1990 Leaf. Spring training shot. LOVE this card, always have, always will.

1990 Score

1990 Score. Guessing this is also a Spring Training shot, as it's too light to be the dome.

1990 Topps 1989 MLB Debut

1990 Topps 1989 MLB Debut. That stadium looks vaguely familiar...maybe Candlestick?

1990 Upper Deck

1990 Upper Deck. Another stadium that looks familiar, but I can't quite place it.

1990 Upper Deck Rookie Threats

1990 Upper Deck Rookie Threats. FINALLY an easily identifiable stadium: Atlanta's Fulton County stadium. And no, the Brave in the background did not clue me into that.

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Old-School Expo: Jim Fairey

1971 Topps

1971 Topps

One of my favorite things about running this blog is discovering players that I have never heard of; researching their careers is a real joy. Fairey is another one of those players, and looking over his career I can see why I’d never heard of him before. Fairey was signed by the Dodgers as an amateur free agent in 1965 and made the majors in 1968 at the age of 23. His minor league career to that point was actualy fairly impressive; he hit 20 home runs during his first minor league season with Single-A Santa Barbara, hitting .323. Unfortunately, he only managed a .199/.241/.276 line in his rookie major league season (in 99 games). The Expos picked him up in the 68 expansion draft and gave him only sparing ML time in 1969, where he produced a career-high 87 OPS+.

His entire Montreal career spanned from 1969 to 1972, when he had a 245/289/329 line and managed only six home runs. He was particularly weak against lefties, and was almost strictly platooned in his years in the majors. Not much more to say about him, really. Received this card in a trade with a couple of other 71 Expos, and was immediately fascinated. I really like the 71 design – so simple, and yet so nostalgic. Great card.

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Five Straight (Losses)

J.D. Martin threw six innings of three-run ball, striking out five.

J.D. Martin threw six innings of three-run ball, striking out five.

Ah well, if it’s not one thing, it’s another.  First it was the pitching, now it’s the hitting. I guess the upside is that this is a young team who’s learning to get their crap together. One day, oh yes, one day.

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2007 Topps Chrome

Flores was a Rule 5 Pickup in 2007. He made good, producing a 78 OPS+ and solid defense.

Flores was a Rule 5 Pickup in 2007. He made good, producing a 78 OPS+ and solid defense.

Johnson sat out the 2007 season, unfortunately.

Johnson sat out the 2007 season, unfortunately.

Kearns had a 103 OPS+ in 2007. It was the last year he would look decent.

Kearns had a 103 OPS+ in 2007. It was the last year he would look decent.

Schneider had a 77 OPS+ in 2007. He was frustrating to watch.

Schneider had a 77 OPS+ in 2007. He was frustrating to watch.

Levale was another Rule 5 pickup in 2007. He pitched poorly and is now with the Marlins.

Levale was another Rule 5 pickup in 2007. He pitched poorly and is now with the Marlins.

Ryan had a 107 OPS+ in 2007.

Ryan had a 107 OPS+ in 2007.

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