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Morning Coffee and the Blog Roundup 11/19: Back in the Saddle Edition

Missed yesterday, obviously. Just could not make it with having a half-day of work and so much to do.

Lots going on on the Nationals front. Looks like the Nats have had discussions with Jorge De La Rosa and Carl Pavano. I’d love to have Pavano return, even if just for the whole Expos/career coming full circle thing. It’s also unlikely that Josh Willingham is going to get an extension, and I’m a little annoyed about that one. Josh is one of my favorite Nationals, and I’m not sure I see many more outfielders coming up through the system that would take his place. It’s also likely to piss Ryan Zimmerman off even more, as he already cannot be happy with losing Dunn. How do you make the cornerstone of the team question their commitment to win? Well, this is a good way to do it. I guess the good news is that Jesus Flores is finally healthy. Yay! I had hoped for such an event.

I’ll be damned if I understand the deal with trying to trade Justin Upton. What are the Diamondbacks thinking on this one? You have a 23-year-old future superstar who’s cost-controlled…why? It’s like the Mariners trading Ken Griffey Jr. in 1991. I don’t get it.

Anybody want a 1977 Bill Buckner? I scored it in the Million Card Giveaway and am looking to move it for any like player from the Expos from 76-79. I’m crimnos, if you’re looking.

Music Friday!

Okay, let’s see what other folks were talking about yesterday…

Have a great weekend all!

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2000 Fleer Focus Part 1

Thanks to John from Old School Breaks for this set!

Barrett

2000 Fleer Focus #33
Category:
Expos Lynchpin
Position: C
Bio/Summary: I’ve covered Michael before, and managed to avoid his fisticuffs-loving ways. I think I’ll continue that trend. Today, let’s look at his 2000 season. He went .214/.277/.288 with a 42 OPS+. Yikes! This for a guy who would later win a Silver Slugger at catcher. He did end up spending 50+ games at 3B. Huh. Didn’t know that.
Rating: 6/10 – You can’t really tell, but the players on these cards are embossed for lack of a better term – they really stand out. That said, I like the design of these cards for the full-bleed “feel” yet having a white border after all. And the design of the names at the bottom is nice. This particular card is a fairly common shot, though, so I couldn’t rank it any higher.
 
Hermanson
 
2000 Fleer Focus #136
Category:
Expos Also-Ran
Position: P
Bio/Summary: If you had asked me how long Hermanson’s career lasted, there’s no way I would have guessed he was still around in 2006. He always seemed a bit of a failed prospect to me, but hey…he pitched just well enough to hang on. Hey, from 97 to 00, he was over 100 ERA+ each year! Huh. I really didn’t follow his career.
Rating: 5/10 – Another somewhat boring shot. It’s also weird that his back foot blends in with the white on the bottom. Odd decision.
 
Pavano
2000 Fleer Focus #216
Category:
Expos Star
Position: SP
Bio/Summary: Mr. Glass. Poor Carl Pavano. The guy had a good career building up, signed with the Yankees and…well, the rest is history. But how about his 2000? It was probably the first year he showed what he was capable of, going 8-4 with a 3.06 and a 158 ERA+. Pretty damned impressive. It might be worth tracking down that rookie card…
Rating: 6/10 – Slightly more interesting shot here, and no melting feet.

Urbina

Ugueth Urbina
2000 Fleer Focus #199
Category:
Expos Lynchpin
Position: RP
Bio/Summary: Man, oh, man. Have not been looking forward to covering this psycho. I won’t go into the story of what he did. He didn’t play many games in 2000, appearing in 13 games, finishing 11 of them with a 4.05 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP. I’m guessing he was injured.
Rating: 5/10 – You can really see the glow effect they used on the players here. I’m not as big a fan of it in this shot, though.

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Expos Star: Carl Pavano

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Carl Pavano
1998 Bowman #437
Category:
Expos Star
Position: SP
Bio/Summary: Poor Carl Pavano. Guy was good for the Expos back in the day. Not great, but good. Then he went to the Marlins, then he signed a deal with the Yankees, and the rest is history (26 games over 4 years. Ouuuuchh). Of course, before that, he was part of the deal that sent Pedro Martinez out of Montreal (sigh) and brought the dubious Tony Armas, Jr.  He was also part of the deal that brought Cliff Floyd back to Montreal, so I can’t totally hate on him for that, since Cliff Floyd rocks. In all, though, Pavano’s had an intriguing, circuitous career. And some awful luck. 
How Did I Get it?: I bought a 1998 Bowman box back in 2003. Broke him out of a pack.
Did You Know?: He dated Alyssa Milano.
Card Rating: 5/10 – I like 1998 Bowman’s style, and all the different blues work really well on this card. Still, the photography is pretty dark, and Pavano looks fugly, so I think this one breaks even overall.

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