He’s had a long road to MLB but he’s here — and at the moment he’s under the radar and hot.
He’s Oakland A’s rookie first baseman Matt Olson and he’s got 11 home runs in his last 15 games — 22 for the year. Olson, 23, was a first-round pick of the A’s way back in 2012 and he’s delivering so far with a .267 average and all those longballs in just 172 at-bats this season.
That long road? It’s even longer when it comes to cardboard.
What’s rarer than a trade between the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago White Sox?
A big-leaguer with only five certified autographs in the year 2017.
That’s Jose Quintana and he was dealt to the Cubs on Thursday morning as part of a five-player deal that could make some prospectors unhappy — or spark added interest in the team that’s not the defending World Series champion.
He’s a 29-year-old, 5-foot-11 second baseman-shortstop who’s in his fifth season as a big-leaguer. He’s a Minnesota Twin with Defensive Player of the Year and All-Star honors.
He’s also a guy who, thanks to a three-homer game last night while batting lead-off, has a career-high 38 homers this season.
He’s Brian Dozier — and he’s also not the easiest guy to find on baseball cards.