a baseball card celebration of the dodgers and the infield of my youth.
09 September 2010
getting caught up with the out of place guys
as fas as out of place guys go, luis gonzalez didn't have that bad of a season with the dodgers in 2007
however, we dodger fans resented him for blocking matt kemp and then complaining about losing playing time late in the season to the bison. after 15 home runs and a .278 average, gonzalez went back to florida.
that opened the door for ned to inexplicably sign andruw jones for the 2008 season
jones hit .158 in 75 soul sucking games for the dodgers. it's hard to believe how long it took joe torre to sit andruw down.
thankfully, ned resisted the urge to sign some other washed up outfielder for the 2009 season. instead, he brought in orlando hudson to replace jeff kent.
things started out well for hudson - he hit the first dodger cycle since 1970 in the dodgers' home opener and made the all star team. but, as the season went on, he fell out of favor and was actually benched in favor of ronnie belliard. he and his gold glove wound up in minnesota.
along with another out of place guy from 2009 - jim thome
ned wanted a matt stairs of his very own, and got thome from the white sox just before rosters expanded. in 17 games, which means 17 pinch hit appearances, thome had 4 hits (all singles), 3 rbi and 7 strikeouts. he was also 1 for 3 in the postseason (also just a single). still, it's cool that there are a number of cards featuring thome as a dodger and i am happy he is doing so well in minnesota this year.
that brings us up to date with the evolution of the out of place guys (i profiled this year's entry garret anderson previously). i can't wait to see who ned brings on board next year...
1 - 2007 topps chrome greg maddux blue refractor 2 - 2015 topps stadium club zack greinke 3 - 2007 topps chrome takashi saito blue refractor 4 - 2007 topps chrome andre ethier blue refractor 5 - 2014 topps tek fernando valenzuela (any pattern) 6 - 2011 topps target throwback rafael furcal 7 - 2015 topps archives shawn green autograph
8 - 1972 o-pee-chee #264 tommy john
9 - 2016 topps opening day superstar celebration andre ethier
bonus non-dodger cards - 2016 panini diamond kings vladimir guerrero
you will be rewarded!
recent/open trade tracker
(1) brad's blog 11/27/15
(1) all the way to the backstop 5/5/16
(1) all trade bait all the time 5/7/16
(1) it's like having my own card shop 6/18/14
(1) hot corner 11/26/14
(1) mark hoyle 6/29/15
(1) $30 a week habit 6/29/15
(1) reader alec (contest) 7/30/15
(1) johnny's trading spot (contest) 7/30/15
(1) bob walk the plank 3/12/16
(1) waiting 'til next year pwe 4/12/16
(1) arpsmith pwe 4/13/16
(1) 2x3 heroes pwe 4/19/16
(2) all the way to the backstop 5/13/16
(1) the writer's journey pwe 5/23/16
(1) play at the plate pwe 5/25/16
(1) jaybarkerfan pwe 5/25/16
(1) tim wallach 5/25/16
(1) waxaholic 5/26/16
(1) = initial trade package
(2) = completed trade package
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let's trade, part 2
i collect dodgers cards, any and all cards featuring steve garvey, ron cey, dave lopes or bill russell, all topps cards of the players who were featured in the 1978 topps set as dodgers, cards featuring dodger stadium, o-pee-chee variations, cards showing memorial patches and/or armbands, and cards showing the double play turn at second base. i am also currently working on my 1971 topps set. i have a lot of cards to trade!