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Card of the Day: 1993 Donruss Bret Barberie

Does this card count as a Marlins card or an Expos card? I mean, for my purposes, I know which way I lean, but I’m genuinely curious where other fans fall on these damned things. So infuriating.

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Former Expo: Bret Barberie

1993 Donruss

Bret played on the storied 1988 Team USA baseball team that included players such as Jim Abbott and Tino Martinez. The Expos drafted him in the seventh round of the 1988 draft and assigned him to High-A West Palm Beach, where he had an underwhelming .267/.366/.346 line. He didn’t do much better in 1990 in Jacksonville, but in 1991 he broke loose at AAA Indianapolis, hitting .312/.461/.532 and earning a promotion to the Expos. He raked in his rookie season, hitting .353/.435/.515 in 57 games for a 2.1 WAR. He also had a completely unsustainable .400 BABIP, which means he was getting incredibly lucky. He stayed with the Expos for 92, hitting .232/.354/.281 for a 1.3 WAR. Actually not bad for a middle infielder, and he had regressed in terms of BABIP, meaning his true talent lay somewhere in between the two extremes. Unfortunately, the Expos weren’t convinced, and left him unprotected for the expansion draft, hence what you see here. He played 99 games with Florida that year, and sure enough, hit right in between the two extremes, going .277/.344/.371, a 1.7 WAR.

He stuck with the Marlins for another year, then went to the Orioles, and finished his career with the Cubs in 1996 at the age of 28. I’m not sure I understand what happened to him, though. He was a pretty good hitter up until he joined the Orioles, then he just went downhill FAST. I never thought he was going to be a hall of famer, but I did think he would be a star, and had the skills to be one. Oh, well. At least he had a hot wife for awhile.

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Receiving Cards From a Moos

Tim from the Great Sports Name Hall of Fame recently contacted me about a trade, and, being open to all manner of trade right now, I figured yes, let’s do it. I received the cards from him on Saturday and was very pleased!

1992 Topps Kids

Remember how I got that Denny Martinez Topps Kids card in another trade recently? Well, Moos sent two cards from the set, and I found a Delino DeShields. I suspect I may have the complete team set now, but I’ll need to research it. How is it that these feel fun to me now while the Triple Play cards feel so juvenile? I don’t know.

1993 Baseball Aces

Here’s another parallel. Remember the 92 Aces Denny Martinez from the Mysterious Box of Mystery? Well here’s a 1993 version of that same set, with Marquis Grissom. Moos included a few of these, too. It’s always good to get cards from sets you’ve never had before. Speaking of which…

1998 Collector's Choice

I had no idea Collector’s Choice made it to 1998. Was the set that popular? Back when it was first out, I thought it would last maybe a year or two and fade away. You can imagine how surprised I was to see this card. But hey, it’s another team set I had no idea about, so it gives me another target!

1995 Pinnacle Zenith

Moos included a lot of those tasty Mid-90s cards that I either had no idea existed or are just rare in my collection. It was great to fill my collection with some cards like these:

1996 Upper Deck

1997 Upper Deck Rookie Class

Let’s just say I’m starting my fourth binder of Senators/Nationals/Expos cards thanks to this package. But let’s take a look at the real gems of this trade:

1970 Topps

If you read regularly, you know I welcome any and all 1970 Topps, so it was a real treat to get one I didn’t have. I also got another one that I already have but am quite happy to add for that day when I finally decide to go after that 1970 set. But the real gem of this trade was something I had never seen in person:

1971 Topps Coin

That is sheer awesomeness. Why is it that I don’t care for the 80s versions of these at all, but the 70s versions absolutely fascinate me? Is it the age of them? I don’t know. I suspect it might have something to do with being interested in all those failed experiments that Topps did in the 60s and 70s, but I’m not sure. Either way, this is one I’ll treasure. Thanks a lot, Moos! Your cards are going out tonight.

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Expos and Nationals All-Bust Teams 5: The Showdown – Pitchers

Pitchers present a special problem, as the MLe calculator does not work for pitching stats, so I decided to just compare stats from a comparable level (i.e., A-ball, AA-Ball, etc.). It’s not as precise but it’s the best I can do.

Clint Everts Vs. Josh Smoker

Everts numbers (A Ball, Sally League): 17 G, 7-3, 2.49 ERA, 90.1 IP, 1 SH, 21 BB, 103 K

Smoker numbers (A Ball, Sally League): 23G, 3-10, 7.07 ERA, 84.0 IP, 50 BB, 82 K

I think we know who wins this one.

Winner

Clint Everts

Tavo Alvarez Vs. Colton Willems

Alvarez numbers (A Ball, Sally League): 25 G, 12-10, 2.49 ERA, 152.2 IP, 1 SH, 58 BB, 158 K

Willems numbers (A Ball, Sally League): 20G, 5-9, 3.70 ERA, 109.0 IP, 31 BB, 60 K

Another clear-cut winner. Wow, didn’t realize Alvarez was that good.

Winner

Tavo Alvarez

B.J. Wallace Vs. Mike Hinckley

Wallace numbers (A Ball, Florida State League): 25 G, 11-8, 3.28 ERA, 137.1 IP, 65 BB, 126 K

Hinckley numbers (A Ball, Carolina League): 28 G, 6-8, 5.52 ERA, 148 IP, 63 BB, 79 K

Wow, didn’t expect Wallace to win this one. Who knows what could have happened with him if he hadn’t gotten injured?

Winner

B.J. Wallace

Josh Girdley Vs. Glenn Gibson

Girdley numbers (A Ball, New York Penn League): 14 G, 5-0, 2.94 ERA, 79.1 IP, 28 BB, 70 K

Gibson numbers (A Ball, New York Penn League): 12 G, 4-3, 3.10 ERA, 58.0 IP, 15  BB, 58 K

Finally, one that’s a little closer. I’m going to give Gibson the edge for having a much lower WHIP, though (1.069 to 1.109).

Winner

Glenn Gibson

Don Levinski Vs. Yunior Novoa

Levinski numbers (A Ball, Midwest League): 21 G, 12-6, 3.02 ERA, 1 SH, 119 IP, 55 BB, 125 K

Novoa numbers (A Ball, Sally League): 25 G, 5-12, 4.22 ERA, 117.1 IP, 35 BB, 94  K

Novoa has slightly better control, but I think we know who wins here.

Winner

Don Levinski

Nate Minchey Vs. Zech Zinicola

Minchey numbers (A Ball, Midwest League): 28 G, 11-12, 4.79 ERA, 150 IP, 87 BB, 63 K

Zinicola numbers (A-AA): 27 G, 4-1, 1.65 ERA, 32.2 IP, 15 BB, 31  K

Tough comparison here, as the smaller sample size of IP for Zinicola will give him an edge, but I’m still going to give it to him for superior control, if nothing else.

Winner

Zech Zinicola

So the Expos win this round, but I suspect there’s the same effect as the outfield going on here…with the high level of success in Nationals pitchers the chaff tends to really be the chaff. Not to mention that with what we know about pitching injuries now, there’s less flameout physically.

Thus, our final team:

  • 1B: Larry Broadway
  • 2B: Henry Mateo
  • SS: Hiram Bocachica
  • 3B: Boi Rodriguez
  • C: Nelson Santovenia
  • OF: Justin Maxwell
  • OF: Frank Diaz
  • OF: Kory Casto
  • SP: Clint Everts
  • SP: Tavo Alvarez
  • SP: B.J. Wallace
  • SP: Glenn Gibson
  • RP: Don Levinski
  • RP: Zech Zinicola

The Expos end up with eight representatives and the Nationals six. I’m not sure which team comes out as superior, then, but it’s at least an interesting exercise. Hope you’ve enjoyed it; one of these days I’ll compare the best on both teams, but we’ll save that for another week.

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Expos and Nationals All-Bust Teams 1: All-Failure Expos

This is an idea that’s been kicking around in the back of my head for awhile, and, as I’ve now reached the 500th post, I thought it was time to do something special.

My plan is to separate the two eras, as it wasn’t fair to either team to lump them together. Entry 1 is the Expos; Entry 2 the Nationals; Entry 3 a Battle Royale determining who is the “better” (worse) failed prospect. When that’s done, I’m going to try to acquire some of these key rookie cards that I don’t already have.

The guidelines for this battle:

  • Player must have either been a hyped player or selected in the first three rounds.
  • Not going for a full 25-man staff. Five starting pitchers, but max three relievers. They’re already kind of failed prospects in some respect as most are converted starters.
  • I don’t have to own the key cards (yet). In fact, some may not be available. But I will make an effort to obtain them.

Without further ado…

  • 1B: Thomas Pittman – A Supplemental first rounder in 1997, Pittman was a high school first baseman who started with a .152/.264/.196 line in rookie ball and never progressed past High A. His career ended in 2001 with a .244/.301/.373 line. Yuck. Key Card: 1996 Roox Prep Stars. I was unable to find a picture of Pittman, so here’s a sample Roox Prep Star card.

  • 2B: Henry Mateo – He was seen as the heir apparent at 2B in Montreal behind Jose Vidro. I don’t think he was ever seen as a phenom or anything like that, but the thought was that he would be a serviceable middle infield guy, and it didn’t pan out. Not a giant disappointment like some of these other guys, just a mild blip. Key Card: 2004 Upper Deck pro Sigs auto


  • SS: Hiram Bocachica – Boy, did this guy have high hopes behind him. I’ve already covered him. Key Card: 1997 Bowman Chrome.

  • 3B: Boi Rodriguez – My description of Rodriguez when I reviewed 1990 Best: “Boi Rodriguez was someone who could do a convincing impersonation of a prospect, but never really hit enough to get a cup of coffee in the majors. It also didn’t help that as a corner infielder he never slugged above .446 in full-time action.” Key Card: going with the 1990 Best card here.

  • C: Nelson Santovenia – Hard to believe, but this guy was a touted prospect at one point. I always thought of him as a guy who took up space in my junk wax packs, but he was a highly drafted catcher that just never lived up to the space Gary Carter left. Key Card: 1991 Topps Desert Shield

  • OF: Glenn Murray – Another guy I’ve already talked about. Key Card: 1995 Signature Rookies Auto

  • OF: Chris Schwab – Chris was the very first failed prospect covered on NatsTown! You can view his story here. Key Card: 1994 Bowman

  • OF: Josh McKinley – Another one I’ve already covered: “McKinley was the Expos’ first choice in the 1998 draft, so big things were expected of the guy. It seems he was a pretty well-regarded amateur player who played with Austin Kearns and Michael Cuddyer in the 1997 World Junior Championships. Unfortunately, it seems that he couldn’t hit in the minors. At all. His highest OPS was a SLG-heavy .834 in 2003.” Key Card: 2004-05 USA Baseball National Team Alumni Sig

  • SP: Clint Everts –Everts was picked in the 2002 draft ahead of Prince Fielder, Scott Kazmir, Nick Swisher, Zack Grienke, Cole Hamels, and Matt Cain, just to name a few. To this day he has not made the major leagues. He’s still 25, so I’m sure it will happen eventually, but he amply demonstrates the risks of picking a high school pitcher so high. Key Card – 2003 Topps Blue Chips Autographs

  • SP: Tavo Alvarez – Already covered him as Failed Prospect #6. Key card- Tough choice. Nothing really stands out; ended up going with his 1993 Fleer Ultra.

  • SP: BJ WallaceFailed Prospect #17. Not sure if he was a bad choice or bad luck. Key Card- 1993 Bowman

  • SP: Josh Girdley – The failed prospect so nice, I’ve featured him twice, once as a Failed Prospect, and once as an autograph. Key Card – 1999 Topps Traded Autograph

  • RP: Don Levinski – I never even realized Don was an Expos prospect; I remember him as an Orioles relief prospect in 2004, but sure enough, he was a 2001 second-rounder who got dealt first to the Marlins, then the Orioles. I only ever had one card of him, but I saw him pitch for Frederick in 2004 during what would be the beginning of the end of his career. Key Card – 2004 Bowman’s Best auto

  • RP: Nate Minchey Failed Prospect #11. He did at least make the majors for awhile, I suppose. Key card – 1988 O-Pee-Chee Draft

So that’s our all-failure Expos team. Let’s recap:

  1. 1B – Thomas Pittman (Never made majors) Career WAR: 0.0
  2. 2B- Henry Mateo (Made majors as Expo) Career WAR: -0.7
  3. SS- Hiram Bocachica (Made majors as Dodger) Career WAR: -1.1
  4. 3B – Boi Rodriguez (Never made majors) Career WAR: 0.0
  5. C – Nelson Santovenia (Made majors as Expo) Career WAR: 0.8
  6. OF – Glenn Murray (Made majors as Phillie) Career WAR: -0.6
  7. OF – Chris Schwab (Never made majors) Career WAR: 0.0
  8. OF – Josh McKinley (Never made majors) Career WAR: 0.0
  9. SP – Clint Everts (Never made majors) Career WAR: 0.0
  10. SP – Tavo Alvarez (Made majors as Expo) Career WAR: -0.3
  11. SP – BJ Wallace (Never made majors) Career WAR: 0.0
  12. SP – Josh Girdley (Never made majors) Career WAR: 0.0
  13. RP – Don Levinski (Never made majors) Career WAR: 0.0
  14. RP – Nate Minchey (Made majors as Red Sox) Career WAR: -1.0

That’s right, Nelson Santovenia is the MVP of this sad squad. We’ll look at the Nationals soon.

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    Finds From The National Part 4: Random Expos of the 1990s

    Okay, definitely not going to cover every little 90s and 00s Expos card I found; it would take more posts than I’m willing to dedicate to such a topic.

    1993 Upper Deck Masterpieces

    I found a set of 93 Upper Deck Masterpieces for a dollar, so I went ahead and picked it up. At that price, I think I’m going to break it and send out the non-Expos cards in trades. Honestly, I was expecting a little more than the ultimate emblem of the early 90s infatuation with holograms. I didn’t like it then and I really don’t like it now.

    1995 Studio Gold

    Someone had a huge box of these for a quarter apiece, so I picked up this and the Marquis Grissom from the set. I actually like the credit card design, as crazy as it is. At least it shows some creativity and stands out from the other issues at the time.

    1995 Topps Cyber Stats

    This came from the same dealer with the Studio Gold. I picked up every Expo that he had; I love the concept of these cards, and wish someone had archived the stats on these somewhere.

    1996 Finest Intimidators

    I believe this one cost me 50 cents, and I had to remove the protective sticker. Every time I see those I get annoyed – cards are meant to be seen and touched, and I’ve made it my personal mission to remove those.

    1997 Flair Showcase Style

    Not much to say about this one. Just another Flair issue that I appreciate.

    1997 Upper Deck

    Man that thing was almost impossible to make visible on a scan. You wouldn’t believe the tweaking I had to do. But hey, giant double-flapped helmet? I’m down.

    1998 Bowman Chrome

    I had never even heard of this guy, and I bought a couple of boxes of 1998 Bowman. He’ll get a failed prospect soon.

    1998 Bowman's Best

    Man, Fullmer was considered a hot prospect once upon a time. Kind of sad.

    Anyway, that covers Expos of the 90s. We’ll look into some non-Expos cards next.

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    Another Helping of Cliff Floyd

    Haven’t featured any Cliff Floyd cards in awhile. Here’s a sampling…

    1992 Upper Deck Minors Diamond Skills

    1992 Upper Deck Minors Diamond Skills

    1992 Upper Deck Minors Hologram

    1992 Upper Deck Minors Hologram

    1993 Fleer Final Edition

    1993 Fleer Final Edition

    1993 Pinnacle

    1993 Pinnacle

    1994 Bowman

    1994 Bowman

    1993 Classic Best Young Guns

    1993 Classic Best Young Guns

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    Wil Cordero

    Wow, quite a few Wil Cordero cards in my collection.

    1991 Upper Deck

    1991 Upper Deck

    1992 Score Traded

    1992 Score Traded

    1993 O-Pee-Chee Premier

    1993 O-Pee-Chee Premier

    1994 Leaf

    1994 Leaf

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    A Mess of Moises Alou

    1997 Stadium Club

    1997 Stadium Club

    1995 Leaf
    1995 Leaf
    1994 Leaf

    1994 Leaf

    1993 Bowman

    1993 Bowman

     

    1993 Bowman Foil

    1993 Bowman Foil

    1995 Pinnacle

    1995 Pinnacle

    1995 Fleer

    1995 Fleer

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    Oddball Parade

    Thought I’d show some of my oddballs…

    1989 OPC Sticker

    1989 OPC Sticker

    1999 Private Stock Mini

    1999 Private Stock Mini

    1993 Diamond Marks

    1993 Diamond Marks

    2003 Bazooka Joe

    2003 Bazooka Joe

    1993 Diamond Marks

    1993 Diamond Marks

      1995 Signature Rookies

    1995 Signature Rookies

    Panini Sticker

    Panini Sticker

    1994 Tombstone

    1994 Tombstone

    1986 Leaf

    1986 Leaf

    1989 Toys R Us Rookies

    1989 Toys R Us Rookies

    1989 K-mart

    1989 K-mart

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