I’ll just lay the cards on the table… Over the past 2 years I’ve leaned heavily on many of my fun diversionary tasks, maybe a little too heavily… Because of that, I’ve recently gotten burnt out on a lot of it. Please bear with me, I’ll work through it eventually. I always do.
Meanwhile, here are custom cards I’ve done over most of June.
There’s no truth to the rumor that Phil Nevin took the Angels manager job because he wanted to be able to wear the comfy manager’s hoodie.
The Angels’ Jared Walsh liked the team’s new City Connect uniforms so much he hit for the cycle against (*sniff*) the Mets. I didn’t care much for these unis when I saw the preview, but I have to admit they look pretty good on the field
On June 14th the Cardinals’ Miles Mikolas came within a strike of pitching a no-hitter. Had he gotten the no-no, he wouldn’t have had a shutout as the Pirates scored an unearned run on a 2-base error and 2 groundouts.
On June 18th Taijuan Walker pitched 6.2 innings, retired 18 in a row, struck out 9 and allowed 1 run.
Pirates rookie Jack Suwinski hit 3 homers on June 19th, the 3rd of which gave the Bucs a 4-3 walk-off win over the Giants
Andrew Velazquez has not appeared on an in-pack baseball card since 2019 even though he’s the Angels’ starting shortstop and has appeared in the majority of their games. You’ll probably see more of these “Should have a card” guys in the future.
The Orioles’ Austin Hays hit for the cycle in just 4 at bats – the game was called after 6 innings due to rain. The Orioles who had hit for the cycle before Hays: Brooks Robinson, Cal Ripken, Aubrey Huff, Félix Pié and Jonathan Villar (who has recently been DFA’ed by the Cubs, much to my disappointment)
Reliever Camilo Doval, whose 11 saves leads the Giants and is 7th in the NL, does not yet have a Topps card outside of some Topps Now cards last year. He is a Rated Rookie in 2022 Donruss and also appears in Panini Diamond Kings. You wouldn’t think that Topps would hesitate to throw a rookie on cardboard, so I wonder if he doesn’t have a contract with Topps.
Yesterday Cristian Javier no-hit the Yankees for 7 innings, Hector Neris worked the 8th and Ryan Pressly finished it off and got the save. I know there are those who don’t regard a combined no-hitter as a real no-hitter, and I get that… But anything that makes the Yankees look bad is a highlight in my book.
I don’t think I’ve shared this one yet… It’s pretty self-explanitory.
And I’ll close this out with the Players/Pitchers of the Month for May