Today, we have just a two-card package with base cards from a parallel set. It's not terribly exciting, but any time I can knock off a couple cards from my wantlist is good. Both of these guys are united by a close awards vote with Justin Verlander.
Saturday, April 17, 2021
Not the Most Exciting Package
Jacoby Ellsbury lost the 2011 MVP vote to Justin Verlander. That one still bugs me. Ellsbury was awesome in 2011, though it was the only such season in his career. He led the league in total bases (364) and won both the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger and was the first Red Sox player to join the 30/30 club. Ellsbury hit .321/.376/.552 with 32 home runs, 119 runs scored, 212 hits, 105 RBIs and 39 stolen bases. Verlander had a great season, leading the league in wins (24), ERA (2.40) and strikeouts (250). I am not disputing he had a terrific season, but I still think Ellsbury was more valuable primarily due to the fact that he played every day and put up those numbers as a leadoff hitter. Had Boston made the postseason (they were infamously eliminated on the final day of the season), I suspect he might have won.