Saturday, January 14, 2012

Random Topps Card of the Day: 2010 Topps #494 Andrew Miller

Thanks to the Topps Card Randomizer, introducing the Random Topps Card of the Day for Saturday, January 14, 2012:

  • Official Card Set Name and Card Number: 2010 Topps #494.
  • Player Name, position, team: Andrew Miller, pitcher, Florida Marlins.
  • Major League Debut: August 30, 2006.
  • Last Line of Statistics: 2009 stats (Marlins): 20 G, 3-5, 80 IP, 85 H, 52 R, 43 R, 43 BB, 59 SO, 0 CG, 0 SHO, 0 SV, 1.60 WHIP, 4.84 ERA.
  • Any special information about players: Drafted by the Tigers, #1st, June 2006. Traded by the Tigers to the Marlins 12/05/2007.
  • Number of regular Topps Cards (includes regular and traded cards only): 4. This is his fourth card.
  • Blurb on the back: "Back in 2007, Andrew's first MLB start was something to build on - six scoreless innings. The all-time strikeout record holder at the U. of North Carolina has had a rocky go since then, often due to injuries that have affected his command. A consistent positive has been his ability to retire left-handed hitters, who have batted only .246 against them.
  • Commentary: Securing both the MLB Properties and MLB Player's Association licenses, Topps became the Exclusive Trading Card company of Major League Baseball. Free and clear from any competition, Topps' design for their first product of 2010 included a rather large MLB team name logo on the lower left side of the card. Along with the team specific colored, but sometimes intrusive "wave", it made for easy sorting by team. Andrew Miller was one of the pitching prospects the Tigers had stockpiled in the early-to-mid 2000's. And had it not been for the injuries, he would be showing the world how good a pitcher he could be. He was traded to the Marlins in a multi-player deal that saw both Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis, two of the last remaining pieces of the team's 2003 World Series run, join the Tigers for the 2008 campaign. Injuries limited Miller to nine games in 2010 (seven of them starts). In 32.2 innings of work, Andrew went 1-5 with an ERA of 8.54. Hoping that a change of scenery would do him well, the Fish traded Miller to Boston after the 2010 season.  He did not have any Topps cards in 2011 (at least from the eponymous set).
  • Lo-Hi Beckett value: $0.15-$0.40.
  • How many cards of each player do I own?: 7.
Tomorrow is Retro Sunday, the one day of the week that we feature a card from 1951-1975. The card we will feature tomorrow is: 1971 Topps #462. Come back at 1:00 PM CST to see who (or what) it is.


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