Sunday, March 9, 2014

Five Random Cubs Cards

I've got 12,143 Cubs cards from 87 different brands listed on a spreadsheet. A random number generator picked five cards, one each from the past several decades.

1900s - 1970s: 1953 Topps #157 Bob Addis Addis was a career part-timer outfielder.  His time with the 1953 Cubs was brief...only two months.  He saw action in only ten games and hit .167.  On June 4, he was one of ten players in a blockbuster trade between the Cubs and Pirates.  Six Cubs went to Pittsburgh along with $150,000 in exchange for four Pirates. The big name in the deal was Ralph Kiner, who came to the Cubs.  Addis was with the Bucs for only a week before he was released, ending his big league career.

1980s: 1983 Fleer #490 Doug Bird  The Fleer cameras caught Bird on the dugout steps at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia.  Bird never played for the 1983 Cubs as he was traded to the Red Sox in November, 1982.  For the Bosox he was 1-4 with a 6.65 ERA.  Boston released him after the season and he didn't hook up with another team.

1990s: 1990 Topps #37 Domingo Ramos Ramos was a utility infielder with the Cubs during the 1989 and 1990 seasons.  In 1990 played in more games and had more at bats than he did during any other season in his career.  He hit a decent .265.  And his reward for that?  The Cubs let him go via free agency and no team signed him.  His MLB career was over.  So that makes three times the RNG picked a card of a player in his final big league season.

2000s: 2008 Allen & Ginter Relic AZ Carlos Zambrano  Too bad this card wasn't from his final big league would have saved the Cubs from some unnecessary drama.  In 2008 Zambrano was peaking.  He was 14-6 as the Cubs repeated as NL Central champs.

2010s: 2010 Heritage #321 Aramis Ramirez  With Heritage coming out in a few days, in nice that the RNG picked one for us.  Ramirez got off to a really slow start in 2010, hitting only .207 prior to the All Star break.  He righted the ship after the break, hitting .276 in the second half.  He ended up leading the team in both home runs (25) and RBIs (83).

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