Saturday, September 14, 2013

Four New Relics Part 2

Here is the second of my four recent relic pickups:

...It's Bill Mueller from 2001 Topps Traded, featuring a jersey piece with a pinstripe.  One good thing about this card...often you have no idea what season the relic came from.  But since this is a card from his first year with the Cubs, the jersey has to be from 2001.

Mueller came to the Cubs from the Giants in a trade for pitcher Tim Worrell.  He joined the long list of mediocre players to man third base since Ron Santo was traded after the 1973 season.

It wasn't a good year for Mueller.  It started well, as he was hitting .317 with 5 homers in the first 36 games.  But on May 13 he got hurt.....hurt badly.  He suffered an open fracture of his left knee cap after sliding into metal beneath the padding along the left field wall at Busch Stadium.  He had surgery that same day.

The injury cost him three months.  He struggled when he returned, but got hot towards the end of the season to bring his numbers back up.  He ended the year with an average of .295 plus 6 HRs and 23 RBIs over 70 games.

The next season his number dropped a bit, and with free agency on the horizon after the season, the Cubs dumped him back to the Giants in September.  In return the Cubs got a pitching prospect named Jeff Verplancke.  The guy never threw an inning for any Cub team on any level.  He had Tommy John surgery in 2003 and was later traded back to the Giants.

1 comment:

  1. Are you sure this isn't one of your fantasy mock up cards? Next you're going to show us the 2003 Mark Bellhorn bat card, right?