Tuesday, December 27, 2022

My Second 2022 Topps Break

My second 2022 Topps Series One Break resulted in three new base cards.  

1.  Jarren Duran.  Taking over for Bobby Dalbec in 2021 as the rookie that is going to be overexposed in the new year is Jarren Duran (2023 will be Triston Casas).  Duran is kind of the forgotten man coming into 2023.  He has some obvious skills, such as his game-changing speed, but has not yet harnessed it and his deficiencies (plate discipline and defense) are so glaring that it is hard to keep putting him out there.  I would love to see him succeed, but, like Dalbec, it is becoming increasingly likely that that will not happen in Boston.

2.  Hunter Renfroe.  Renfroe took over as my All-Time One-Year Wonder Right-Fielder for his terrific 2021 season.  Renfroe blasted 31 home runs and drove in 96 runs, while displaying a rocket for an arm.  And then, Boston dealt him to the Brewers for the return of Jackie Bradley Jr. (ill-fated as it was) as well as prospects David Hamilton and Alex Binelas.  I have said it before, I kind of love the City Connect jerseys.

3.  J.D. Martinez.  Martinez's bat will probably be missed in 2023.  It looks like Justin Turner, former Dodgers star and GoT wildling stand-in, will be Boston's DH in 2023.  We will see how that works out.  Martinez goes down as one of the top major free agent signings of all time.

1 comment:

  1. Some City Connect jerseys work, and most do not. I don't mind Boston's.