Monday, January 16, 2012

Random Topps Card of the Day: 2004 Topps #431 Horacio Ramirez

Thanks to the Topps Card Randomizer, introducing the Random Topps Card of the Day for Monday, January 16, 2012:

  • Official Card Set Name and Card Number: 2004 Topps #431.
  • Player Name, position, team: Horacio Ramirez, pitcher, Atlanta Braves.
  • Major League Debut: April 02, 2003.
  • Last Line of Statistics: 2003 stats (Braves): 29 G, 182.1 IP, 12-4, 91 R, 81 ER, 100 SO, 72 BB, 29 GS, 1 CG, 0 SHO, 0 SV, 1.39 WHIP, 4.00 ERA.
  • Any special information about player: Drafted by the Braves, #5th, June 1997. Bats: left. Throws: left.
  • Number of regular Topps Cards (includes regular and traded cards only): 4. This is his first Topps card.
  • Blurb on the back: "Manager Bobby Cox compares Horacio to a young Tom Glavine, saying "He's a pitcher. He can drop any type of pitch on you i any count. He can spot it in and out; he can do a lot of stuff.""
  • Commentary: It's like the Randomizer knows what sets I like.  Once again, it picks a card from 2004.  Maybe I should have it looked at to make sure it's not doing this on purpose. Horacio Ramirez was one of the players the Braves were planning would be the future for the Braves.  With mentors like Maddux, Glavine, and Smoltz, it was hoped that their experience would rub off on the pitching prospects.  In 2003, it looked like they had succeeded with Ramirez.  In 29 starts, he went 12-4 with 100 strikeouts.  But in 2004, he saw limited action thanks to injuries. In 10 games, he went 2-4 with a ERA of 2.39 and 31 K's.  He was traded to the Mariners at the end of the 2006 season for Rafael Soriano.  Although he has been active going into the 2012 campaign (with the exception of 2010 when he was out of baseball) he has not been seen on a Topps card since 2008.
  • Beckett value: $0.07-$0.20.
  • How many cards of this player do I own?: 5 cards.
Tomorrow's card will be: 1994 Topps #726. Post will arrive at 1:00 PM CST. Flash back with the blog tomorrow.


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