Featured Card: 2010 Topps 206 Mini Framed Dual Relics Piedmont #DR-RH, Ryan Howard
In lieu of writing a coherent post, a couple quick links:
- Last night, D. Silverman posted on Beerleaguer some interesting things about Ryan Howard. I agree with his assessment. As an unrepentant stat-head, I do see how Howard is very over rated. However, I also see how many in the stat-head community are too harsh on him — especially when his contract extension, which kicks in next season, comes up. He may not be the player he was in 2006-2009, but he’s still a well-above-average player whose OPS+ is sitting at 128.
- One of the great things about the web is its ubiquitousness and the wealth of information available. The downside (apart from the reliability of much of that info) is that many of the items that you might wish to write about are already covered somewhere else. There are plenty of other bloggers out there writing solely about the Phillies and using baseball cards as inspiration and/or illustrations for their posts. So, it was no surprise when over the past month, The Phillies Room covered two different topics I was planning to blog about: Topps’s problems with creating an realistic looking 1973-style individual card for Mike Schmidt and the way they bungled Domonic Brown’s card this year. Both posts pretty much hit everything I have to say about both — please check them out.