The ASG was yesterday, there's no baseball for a few days, and all is quiet. For me, that's too quiet. That's Star Trek: The Motion Picture style quiet, so boring it's annoying. So I needed to get some cards. I got a blaster of Stadium Club, which I'll post later, but I threw in a blaster of Series 2, because why not?
As the All Star Game was yesterday, I'll count the All Stars.
464- Brett Cecil, complete with his Sabo-esque goggles.
468- C.C. Sabathia. Have not been too happy with CC this season, but he has managed to pitch a few nice games amidst the dozen or so crappy ones.
575- Kris Medlen, a reminder that the Braves once had one of the best young rotations in baseball...before they all got injured and divvied up.
557- Nick Markakis, having a quiet but surprisingly okay season in Atlanta.
497- Hunter Strikland RC
484- Melvin Mercedes RC
640- Matt Clark RC. Three rookies I've never heard of. Wonderful.
607- Jarrod Parker. Hoping he eventually comes back. Great pitcher when he's healthy.
476- Jose Lobaton
510- Mike Trout MVP. All Star #1
441- Phillies team card. Man, these guys are pathetic this year.
641- Yorman Rodriguez RC. Another rookie I've never heard of.
440- Denard Span, now sadly on the DL, but electric when he's healthy.
592- Martin Maldonado
612- Caleb Joseph, who doesn't have a lot to do now that Wieters is healthy again.
467- Mat Latos, who's pretty much a non-factor in Miami this season.
470- Mark Trumbo.
519- Archie Bradley RC
645- Neftali Feliz, recently released by the Rangers and picked up by the Tigers...bringing their current closer total to THREE.
682- Christian Bergman
483- Randal Grichuk GOLD #'D TO 2015. Always a Cardinal.
394- Marco Scutaro. I think he's basically done in the majors, which is kind of sad.
Stepping Up insert of Corey Kluber. Still doing a nice job this year.
Highlight of the Year of Cal Ripken knocking out Gehrig's record in '95.
Heart of the Order insert of Ken Griffey Jr,
First Home Run inserts of Clayton Kershaw and Alex Gordon, All Stars #s 2 and 3.
First Pitch insert of STAN THE MAN LEE! THIS IS SO AWESOME!
Eclipsing History of Omar Vizquel and Ozzie Smith
469- James Shields.
680- Nick Hundley
517- Yusmeiro Petit
568- Chris Tillman
391- Hisashi Iwakuma. JAPAN STATS!!!
679- Jorge de la Rosa. Forgot he's been around that long.
364- Travis Ishikawa, back on the Pirates I believe.
547- Kris Negron
416- Francisco Cervelli. HELL OF A SEASON for this guy.
512- JAY BRUCE!
356- Marcus Semien
389- Mookie Betts, having a HUGE rookie season.
360- Adam LaRoche, who was nice enough to hit a homer when I went to see his White Sox.
390- Cody Ross. Christ, he's still playing?
498- Anthony DeSclafani
590 Torii Hunter, giving his Twins a much needed spark this year.
447- Jose Ramirez
692- Andrew Chafin
637- Matt Szczur. I have not heard of any of these rookies.
678- Sam Freeman
544- Travis d'Arnaud, whose injury has led the way for Kevin Plawecki
578- Ender Inciarte
595- Craig Kimbrel, now on the Padres
449- Joe Panik CL. All Star #4. About damn time.
548- Indians TC
581- John Holdzkom
685- Yangervis Solarte, one of the many dueling third basemen in San Diego
448- Ryan Hanigan
436- Russell Martin, who's having an awesome season. All Star #5
660- Roberto Osuna RC
427- Raisel Iglesias
675- Jonathan Lucroy, still a great catcher for a not-as-good team
371- Koji Uehara
373- Kurt Suzuki
493- Alex Rodriguez, FINALLY hitting like he used to.
491- Rougned Odor
555- Jake Arrieta
632- Kyle Gibson
358- Jon Singleton, who hasn't been getting a ton of time in the majors this season.
425- Bryan Shaw
684- Wil Myers
Those were pretty nice, if slightly underwhelming. Tonight, I post the Stadium Club.