A player's Topps card number is often a good indication of how his career is going. If the number ends with a 00, you're a superstar. End in a 0? You're a top player on your team. End with a 5? You're doing all right.
But if your card ends with anything else, you haven't made it yet or your career is going south. With that in mind, I thought it would be interesting, after earlier looking at #1, to now look at the history of a "scrub" number. I came up with #126. I wanted triple digits and "26" is my favorite Cubs player's number.
I've got each of the 60 #126s below. Was it Scrub City? Well, out of 60, there was one Hall of Fame player
(very early in his career)
another that made the HOF as a broadcaster
and one more that might make it as a manager.
Two Cubs got the number, and both were scrubs (hey, don't say "Aren't all Cubs scrubs?" That's not nice!)
But yes, for the most part, its a cast of unforgettable characters. Do the names Bob Wiesler or Stan Palys ring a bell? How about Marty Martinez or Rod Gilbreath? Scroll through and count how many of these you've heard of, especially the guy that played before you started following baseball. I bet you have a hard time reaching double digits.
And who gets #126 in 2012? The early checklist says...
...Eduardo Nunez. I'd say that fits right in!