Monday, July 17, 2017

2017 All-Star Game MVP: Robinson Cano, American League

After initially being passed up for selection to participate in the 2017 All-Star game at Marlins Park in Miami, Robinson Cano came up to bat in the 10th inning to hit a game-winning HR off of Wade Davis.

Cano ended up going home with the MVP award for the 2017 All-Star Game.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Partial Career Statistics on the back of Topps baseball cards now?

So, I just picked up my 2017 Topps baseball card factory set yesterday.  I got the new-style square-box version with the 5 Rookie Image Variation bonus cards and the exclusive MLB Legend Chrome bonus card.  I went through my normal ritual of dividing the set up into team sets.  I put all the league leaders and checklists with the team sets, leaving only the 4 World Series cards to be placed in the back of my binder (but I'm thinking to put even those with the team sets, meaning I'll have to go back a couple of years and do the same).

Since the season is not over yet, I put the team sets in order by their current winning percentage, which I'll continue to update occasionally until the season is over.  When their are multiple cards of each player, I put the newer card first.  For example, the league leader cards represent last year, so I put them after the base card.  For the checklist cards, there are often multiple players, so I'll typically put them in front of the youngest player, but sometimes behind the oldest player if he's a much bigger star.  I put the rookie image variations in front of the base cards because they are newer.

Last night, I got through inserting about half my set into pages, and took that binder with me to look at for a while.  That's when I noticed that the statistics on the backs didn't go back further that about 2012.  ARE YOU KIDDING ME!?  David Ortiz has only been playing since 2012?  This is garbage.  I can't believe that Topps committed the sacrilegious act of listing partial career statistic on the back of their baseball cards.  This is the first time Topps has done this since 1971.  I am very disappointed about this, and hope Topps never does this again.