Monday, April 29, 2013

Random Topps Card of the Day: 2009 Topps #77 Jed Lowrie

Thanks to the Topps Card Randomizer, introducing the Random Topps Card of the Day for Monday, April 29, 2013:

  • Official Card Set Name and Card Number: 2009 Topps #77.
  • Player Name, position, team: Jed Lowrie, shortstop, Boston Red Sox.
  • Major League Debut: April 15, 2008.
  • Last Line of Statistics: 2008 stats (Red Sox): 81 G, 260 AB, 34 R, 67 H, 25 2B, 3 3B, 2 HR, 46 RBI, 1 SB, 35 BB, 68 SO, .400 SLG, .739 OPS, .258 AVG.
  • Any special information about player: Drafted by the Red Sox #1st, June 2005. Bats: both. Throws: right.
  • Number of regular Topps Cards (includes regular and traded cards only): 5. This is his second Topps card.
  • Blurb on the back: "Jed's two-out, ninth inning single in Game 4 of the 2008 ALDS against the Angels made him just the fourth rookie to collect a postseason series-ending RBI."
  • Commentary: If that other company wanted a picture to use for their 2010 set, thus avoiding the long arm of MLB Properties, as long as they photoshopped the "B" seen on the cap in this picture, they could have used this shot for Jed Lowrie's card. Thanks to his arms covering his chest, if you didn't tell me what team he played for, I wouldn't have known it was Boston. But I digress (and now that they are back in the game for 2013 with the Players' Association, one can only hope that they have figured this out). Jed Carlson Lowrie's 2009 season was marred by a wrist sprain which resulted in an ulnar styloid excision and arthroscopic ligament repair on his left wrist that placed him on the team's 60-day DL. Despite the injuries, Lowrie appeared in 32 games for the Red Sox that year, going 10-68 (.147 batting average) with 2 home runs and 11 rbi's. In his four seasons in Boston, Jed appeared in 256 games, hit a cumulative .252 with 19 home runs and 117 rbi's (and one memorable triple play). To avoid having to deal with arbitration after the 2011 season, the Red Sox traded him off to Houston, where he became the regular starting shortstop for the franchises' final season in the NL. He was among the teams hitting leaders, with 16 home runs and 42 rbi's, along with a team leading .769 OPS. But after the season concluded, he was traded to the Oakland Athletics. In 2013, while he was penciled in to play second for the A's, he has seen more action at short. In 26 games (as of 04/30/2013), he his hitting .333 with 3 home runs, 15 rbi's, and an OPS of .938. If he stays healthy, he is bound to have a very good year for the defending AL West champs.
  • Lo-Hi Beckett value: $0.25-$0.60.
  • How many cards of this player do I own?: 14 cards.
Tomorrow's card will be: 2007 Topps #567. Post will arrive at 1:00 PM CST. Flash back with the blog tomorrow.


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