One of baseball’s most-dominant pitchers of the 2000s has died.
Roy Halladay, a two-time Cy Young award-winner in a 16-season career with the Toronto Blue Jays and the Philadelphia Phillies, died Tuesday afternoon when a plane he was flying crashed into the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida. He was 40 years old.
The right-hander from Arvada, Colo., was the 17th pick in the 1995 MLB Draft by Toronto and made his big-league debut three years later. He went 203-105 with a 3.38 ERA and 2,117 strikeouts in his career.
When Toronto Blue Jays rookie Chris Rowley made his debut on Saturday he became the first graduate of the United States Military Academy to pitch in MLB.
He’s also the first Army product in nearly a century to set foot on a big-league field for an official game as he’s just the second MLB player ever overall to come from West Point.
What he doesn’t have right now? Any type of in-pack baseball card (or even a Topps Now card), meaning his only options for military-minded collectors or Blue Jays fans are just a few team-issue minor league cards.
A new season’s new emerging names are doing just that.
Your MLB home run leader right now is Eric Thames of the Milwaukee Brewers, who has smacked seven longballs so far. The latest came as part of a 3-for-4 day Monday against the Cubs in Wrigley Field.
The 30-year-old entered this season with 21 homers in his previous three big-league seasons — his last being in 2012 with the Mariners. He hit 12 of those homers as a rookie with the Blue Jays in 2011 but struggled with a career average that’s up to .259 with his .405 start this year. How far off the radar was he? Thames spent the last three years playing in Korea’s KBO League — where he hit 124 homers in 390 games.
The Blue Jays’ big win yesterday means big cardboard from Topps Now today.
Edwin Encarnacion‘s extra-innings homer is the key for today’s newest baseball cards available for only 24 hours via Topps’ online card program. He’ll be signing cards for the moment and there is a Relic also available from the American League Wildcard win.
The card was shown at the close of MLB Network’s Hot Stove morning show and that means it will probably pop up elsewhere, too. Will it continue to be expensive? Of course not — but the appeal, especially with Blue Jays fans, probably won’t diminish. —
Update: Topps canceled this set following the Royals’ victory.
The 2015 World Series lineup isn’t set yet, but the details of the world champions’ commemorative baseball card set from Topps are here.
Whether it’s the New York Mets against the Kansas City Royalsor the Toronto Blue Jays, the champs set will include 40 World Series-branded baseball cards with 15 highlights from the team’s postseason run. Atop that, there will be cards for 25 key players on the team as well as cards for the Championship Series and World Series MVPs from the team.
Each case of these will include 16 sets.
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