Monday, April 20, 2009

Chicago, South Side Edition

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Some great cards today from Steve of White Sox Cards:


Wes Whisler, Chicago White Sox
by White Sox Cards (Steve)

I didn't know much about Wes, but he seems like a left handed Lance Broadway. Cool picture.


Ozzie Guillen, Chicago White Sox
by White Sox Cards (Steve)

Ozzie Guillen, living it up! Awesome choice here.


Jim Thome, Chicago White Sox
by White Sox Cards (Steve)

Probably going to join Edgar Martinez in the non-HOF, lonely hearts DH club. But that shouldn't be a knock on him. He's a phenomenal player, criminally underrated.

From memory, I think he's really had only one poor year, and that was due to injury (checking...yep, 2005).

From 1993 to 2008 he's had an OPS+ of 150. 150! Granted, using OPS+ as your only metric will overrate players who are big, slow baserunners, but being 50% better than the league average for 16 seasons has to count for something.

Another strange thing is that Thome made his debut at age 20. Not a lot of career DH types come to mind like that. Billy Butler maybe, and I'm sure Frank Thomas as well. But other than that, I'd venture to say it's kind of rare.


Gordon Beckham, Chicago White Sox
by White Sox Cards (Steve)

Beckham's cards may cost a fortune, but you can have this one for free. Looks like a strong guy. Neat to see him busting it out of the box.


Brent Lillibridge, Chicago White Sox
by White Sox Cards (Steve)

Shoot, who was "Little Hurt" for the White Sox back in the day? That's who this guy reminds me of on this card. Argh, little hurt...who was that again?

Oh wait, I might remember! CRAIG GREBECK! Or Greg Craybeck! Or something like that. Yes, I'm sure his name sounded something like that.


A.J. Pierzynski, Chicago White Sox
by White Sox Cards (Steve)

A mainstay in Chicago.


Jermaine Dye, Chicago White Sox
by Goose Joak

JD! Had to throw one of my own into the mix.

When Jermaine gets that batting average up into the .270, .280, .290+ range he's a force to be reckoned with. He's had his down years, but he's had his explosive years as well. Seems like he's been around forever, but it's only been 13 seasons.

Great work Steve! All your cards are fantastic looking.

3 comments:

  1. Wes Whisler has the name of a cult figure. Maybe that's just cause I'm nuts about Wes Welker and he is a cult figure to me.

    By the way you have to love Jermaine Dye - old reliable.

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  2. Thanks! There should be a couple more this week.

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  3. I really like the Thome card. What a dramatic pose. Good choice!

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