By now, many of you are familiar with my set of custom cards I call 2021 TSR Daily (because I Tweet out a custom each day #2021TSRDaily ), I decided to compile the “checklist” as if I were creating a real set which would represent the best eight-or-so players from each team.
I’ll admit, I’m rushing through this post a bit because I don’t have a lot of time to to do it…
Mark Canha lead the 2020 Athletics in Runs (32), Hits (47), Doubles (12), Triples (2), Walks (37) and Average (.246).
During his monster 2017 Rookie-of-the-Year season Aaron Judge lead the league in home runs, RBI, runs, walks… and strikeouts.
By the way, it’s a darn shame that (as of the morning of April 19th) the Yankees have the worst record in the American League. Yep, a real shame.
(I’m a fan of the Mets and Orioles, I have to get my jollies where I can… no matter how short-lived it might be)
Ke’Bryan Hayes, one of the top prospects in baseball, finished 6th in last year’s ROY voting and is still eligible this year.
Oh, look, it’s an insert! This is from the “Shlabotnik’s Picks” insert set. Since the “base set” is being done as if this were a real, commercial set which fairly represents each of the 30 teams, I wanted to have another set where I could feature whomever I wanted to feature. For this one, I’m giving a custom to Jay Bruce, who announced his retirement over the weekend. Even though I still think of him as a Red, I gained an appreciation for him during his time with the Mets, and I wish him well in the next phase of his career.
Former 1st round pick, Rookie of the Year and MVP Buster Posey is back behind the plate after sitting out the 2020 season.
Another insert… if you want to call it that… or a variation… or a subset… or whatever. There will be probably end up being a number of customs of this mysterious player named Joe Shlabotnik, who seems to be with a different team every time we see him.
Last year Trea Turner lead the Majors with 78 hits and lead the NL with 4 triples. He also got some MVP votes, finishing 7th.
Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart won a Gold Glove in 2020 (At the time I Tweeted this, he lead Cincinnati in slugging percentage, but that’s no longer the case… as if any of that matters in mid-April)
Former 1st round draft pick Evan White won a Gold Glove in 2020
And I’ll wrap up with on more insert. Infielder Sean Kazmar (who often got confused for pitcher Scott Kazmir) made his Major League debut with the Padres in August of 2008. After spending the rest of that season with the Padres, he spent 11 seasons in Triple-A, including 7 seasons with the Braves Triple-A team in Gwinnett, GA, before making it back to the Majors and pinch-hitting this past Saturday. I love to see that kind of perseverance get rewarded.
And that’s the pack for this week. I hope some of you are having better luck than I’ve had in finding reasonably-priced wax packs.