Sunday, February 18, 2024

More Mailday Madness Pt. 4

That's right, we are still doing this stuff.  I am still working my way through all of the recent TCDB trades.  But, sometimes it takes awhile before I can get around to taking pictures of the cards in order to get posts together.

So, here's the next batch.

1.  Roger Clemens.  1995 Studio was kind of odd.  I have no idea why they did the cards to look like credit cards.  Anyway, this is the gold parallel version.  Clemens had a bounceback year in 1994 after his career-worst year in 1993.  He led the league in ERA+ (176) and hits per nine innings (6.5).  He was second in ERA and strikeouts in the strike-shortened year.  1994 is an underrated season by The Rocket.

2.  Jonathan Papelbon.  It's hard to remember now, but Papelbon actually came up as a starter.  He made three starts in 2005 and had a 3-1 record with a 2.75 ERA in 17 total games.  He didn't notch his first save until 2006 when he took over the closer role.  There was some talk that he would go back to the rotation in 2007, but that did not happen.

3.  Noah Song.  I talked a lot about Noah Song just recently.  He could still have some promise, but at 26, it's no sure thing.  It will be interesting to see how he looks in Spring Training.

1.  Jose Canseco.  When I did this trade I did not realize at first that these two players were actually traded for each other.  Canseco was coming off two decent, but injury-riddled, seasons with the Red Sox and wanted to be traded away after Kevin Kennedy was fired as manager.  Boston accommodated him, but I always felt like they maybe could have gotten more for him.

2.  John Wasdin.  Wasdin was a former first-round pick but had a couple rough seasons in Oakland.  Things would not really improve in Boston.  He pitched in a variety of roles, most commonly as middle relief, but he started a handful of games and even saved a couple.  His ERA in 170 games in Boston though was 4.66 (103 ERA+).  He was eventually traded to Colorado in the deal that brought Rolando Arrojo and Mike Lansing over.

This is the first scan from this trade.  It featured ten of the Pacific Tom Seaver cards, all of the remaining cards Red Sox cards I needed from the set.  Seaver is one of my absolute favorite One-Year Wonder players in Red Sox history.  It's so interesting to me that he spent the last half of his final season with the Red Sox.  If only he had been healthy to play in the World Series against the team for which he was most famous.

That trade also included a Bobby Dalbec relic.  I do not get a ton of relic cards these days, but I am always interested in getting at least one for every player available.  This is my first Dalbec relic.

1.  Babe Ruth.  Yeah, there's some other guy on this card too.  Ruth was the original two-way star.  He did not actually do the two-way thing for a lengthy amount of time.  He was almost exclusively a pitcher from 1914 through 1917, though he made some pinch-hitting appearances.  In 1918 he started playing the field a little bit and was more of an outfielder than a pitcher by 1919.  Oddly, Ruth never appeared in right field for Boston.  He primarily played left field (47 games in 1918 and 110 in 1919) with some center field and first base thrown in.

2.  Connor Wong.  Surprisingly, this member came to me with a Connor Wong I did not already have.  This is the Silver Foilboard parallel from 2023 Update.  

3.  Rafael Devers.  DEVERS!

4.  Trevor Story.  Story may finally be healthy.  Let's see what he can do in Boston.

5.  Nick Pivetta.  Pivetta has taken something of a leadership role among the pitchers recently.  That is sorely needed with Chris Sale gone.  Pivetta has been a solid pitcher in Boston and he may be ready to have a big season.

6.  Jarren Duran.  There have been some trade rumors swirling around Duran.  I kind of hope they do not trade him because he is a very exciting player to watch.  Though it would open up an opportunity for Ceddanne Rafaela.

That's it for now.  Still much more to come.

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