I’m starting to fully realize how much I’d committed to when I decided to do a custom card each day (as part of my set called TSR Daily because I Tweet out a custom each day #2021TSRDaily ), and while I’m fully prepared to soldier on, I’m finding that I don’t have a lot of extra time to create the “inserts” I have in mind, as well as other hobby things I’d planned.
However, I do have a blog-exclusive insert card this time around, and I think it’s a fun one… but I guess we’ll see if you think it’s fun as well.
On April 26 Fernando Tatis was just named co-winner of the NL Player of the Week, sharing the honor with Madison Bumgarner (who already has a custom in this set). For the week in question, Tatis batted .385 with nine runs scored, 10 hits, a double, five home runs, seven RBI, four walks and four stolen bases. He also became the first player in history to homer multiple times in consecutive games against former Cy Young Award winners (Clayton Kershaw and Trevor Bauer).
I’m one of the many people who didn’t expect the Royals to have the best record in the Majors in early May. Carlos Santana, who looks odd in KC blue, leads the team in batting, on-base % and slugging %.
Byron Buxton has been on a tear this season; he leads the league with an .842 slugging %, plus he’s batting .408 so far.
D-Backs catcher Carson Kelly is another player who’s off to a hot start; through 20 games he has 13 runs, 17 RBI and leads the league with a .487 on-base %
Cedric Mullins is among the league leaders in hits and lead the Orioles in runs, hits, doubles, batting, on-base % and slugging.
José Ramírez, a 2020 Silver Slugger winner, is leading the Indians in runs, hits, homers and on-base %
Nick Solak was a 2nd round pick of the Yankees and spent some time in the Rays system before coming to Texas in a 2019 trade. He was a utility man last year, but this year he’s the starting 2nd baseman and leads the Rangers in runs, homers and batting average
Masahiro Tanaka won double-digit games in 6 straight seasons with the Yankees, was a two-time All-Star and finished his MLB career with a .629 winning percentage… so there are probably a number of Yankees fans ready to induct him into the Baseball Hall of Fame. For the 2021 season he’s returned to the Rakuten Golden Eagles team in Japan’s Pacific League, where he currently has a 3-1 record with a 2.12 ERA. I’ve long been intrigued by Japanese baseball, so Tanaka is the lastest to get a “Shlabotnik’s Picks” custom.
I would love to do more customs involving former Major Leaguers in Japan and Korea, but as always the issue is in finding images I can use.