The most important one for the purpose of this post is Jose Bautista. 2005 was a more stable year for Joey Bats- instead of playing for four teams in one season, he just had the one, the Pirates. This was a year before the Pirates would figure out exactly what to do with Bautista, as they still had Freddy Sanchez and Ty Wigginton as primary 3rd base options. So in 11 games in 2005, Bautista only hit .143 with 4 hits and, shockingly, no home runs. He'd do much better in the years to come.
Saturday, November 20, 2021
Topps Cards That Should Have Been: 2005 Pirates
Stranger still, the Pirates began 2005 with the top-string option at catcher being Benito Santiago, who was 40 years old and coming off a weaker year with Kansas City after some, hmm, SURPRISINGLY STRONG SEASONS IN SAN FRANCISCO WHILE BARRY BONDS WAS THERE. Santiago was the team's opening day catcher, and played 6 games for the Bucs, hitting .261 with 6 hits, but struggling defensively. After being cut, he'd try once again with the Mets in 2005 before hanging it up.
Tomorrow, I'll unveil some 2014 Rangers that Topps should have done something with.