Sunday, August 9, 2020

FIve Random Cubs Cards

 I've got 18,359 Cubs cards from 256 different brands listed on a spreadsheet. A random number generator picked five cards, one each from the past several decades.

1900s - 1970s: 1957 Topps #84 Moe Drabowsky  The 1957 season was Moe's first full year in the big league.  Used as a starter, he posted a record of 13 - 15.

1980s: 1984 Fleer #491 Jody Davis  It's always a good look to see catchers posed in their crouch.  Jody was an All-Star in 1984 and finished 10th in the MVP balloting.  In fact, four Cubs finished in the top ten, with Ryne Sandberg winning the award.

1990s: 1997 Finest #274 Mel Rojas  The top of the card says "Finest Acquisitions."  Mel Rojas most definitely was not!  He was signed to be the Cubs closer in 1997 and he stunk.  His record was 0-4 with an ERA of 4.42.  Those are bad numbers, Kimbrel-bad numbers.  The Cubs traded him to the Mets in August.
2000s: 2005 Topps Chrome #363 Jeromy Burnitz I thought this was a weird looking card.  The pose looks more appropriate for Heritage, not Chrome or the flagship.
2010s: 2019 Heritage #440 Javier Baez  Baez was listed with two positions on most 2019 cards but its only shortstop on the 2020 cards.


  1. Concerning Mel Rojas' numbers: Kimbrel will be lucky to get his ERA down to 4.42 ERA before the end of the season. Three things will have to occur for that to happen: 1) no more cancelling of games for Covid reasons 2) Kimbrel will have to regain David Ross' trust again and 3) Kimbrel will need to pitch 14 and a third more scoreless innings.
    I have serious doubts about any of those three options happening... especially #3.

  2. Mel Rojas might not have been good on the Cubs...but he was worse for the Mets!