Some very odd ones in this post. Players that haven't factored into the 2021 season, players who've already been injured. Lots of weird variety as we continue to track down players that Topps misplaced in compiling their sets last year.
Here come another 9, starting with a true puzzler:
Yep, after becoming an all-star hero in Denver for 10 seasons, and splitting 2019 between the Indians and Cubs, Carlos Gonzalez made one final run at a big league job with the Seattle Mariners. After three straight seasons of subpar work for CarGo, the stakes weren't very high, especially considering that the Mariners were looking to give rookies a chance out of camp. After not making the team, Gonzalez retired midway through the 2020 season. Topps made a Heritage High Number release for him, but not a flagship card. Not that he needed one, but I can strive to be a little OCD on these.
Jake Noll was a 2019 Nationals call-up that didn't work as well as planned. So the Nats tried him again late in the 2020 season, and he did better filling in for Eric Thames at 1st, with a .353 average and 6 hits in 7 games. Used primarily in contact roles rather than power, Noll was overshadowed by more reasonable choices [read: Ryan Zimmerman] at 1st. He could return to the majors some time this year, but if it doesn't happen in 2021, look for him trying to break into a freer roster.
The next 9 cards come on Monday. A few more ASG cards, and a fairly big rookie at #150.