Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Random Topps Card of the Day: 2009 Topps #375 Carlos Quentin

Thanks to the Topps Card Randomizer, introducing the Random Topps Card of the Day for Wednesday, December 4, 2013:

  • Official Card Set Name and Card Number: 2009 Topps #375.
  • Player Name, position, team: Carlos Quentin, outfielder, Chicago White Sox.
  • Major League Debut: July 20, 2006.
  • Last Line of Statistics: 2008 stats (White Sox): 130 G, 480 AB, 96 R, 138 H, 26 2B, 1 3B, 36 HR, 100 RBI, 7 SB, 66 BB, 80 SO, .571 SLG, .965 OPS, .320 AVG.
  • Any special information about player: Drafted by the Diamondbacks #1st, June 2003. Traded by the Diamondbacks to the White Sox 12/03/2007. Bats: right. Throws: right.
  • Number of regular Topps Cards (includes regular and traded cards only): 11. This is his sixth Topps card.
  • Blurb on the back: "Carlos is the only player known to have been hit by a pitch in six consecutive games (August 7-14, 2008). In fact, the previous record was only four."
  • Commentary: When Carlos Jose Quentin's offensive numbers were not what the Diamondbacks were expecting from a former first-round draft pick, (.230-14-63 in parts of two seasons...with injuries factored in), the Diamondbacks were more than happy to trade him off to the White Sox for another young outfielder (a kid named Chris Young who the Sox would eventually regret trading). But Quentin, now given the opportunity to start full-time in the outfield, showed the southside faithful what Arizona fans were missing. In his first season with the Sox, Carlos hit .288 with 36 home runs, 100 rbi's, and would earn himself a trip to the All-Star Game. He would win a Silver Slugger Award as well, and finished 5th in the AL MVP voting. The following season was a bit of a letdown as injuries kept him off the field for parts of the year. Offensively, his numbers were down to a .236 average, but he still hit 21 homers and 56 rbi's for the Pale Hose. In four seasons with the White Sox, Quentin would hit for a cumulative .257 average, with 107 home runs, 320 rbi's, and a combined .857 OPS. He would rejoin the All-Star ranks in 2011. Already notorious for getting hit by opposing pitchers, he would lead the AL in being hit by pitch in 2011 by getting plunked 23 times. Injuries have kept Quentin from missing half of the Padres' games in 2012 and 2013 (yet he managed to still lead the NL with 17 HBP's), but he still is being looked to by the Padres organization as a leader in the clubhouse heading into the 2014 campaign.
  • Lo-Hi Beckett value: $0.25-$0.60.
  • How many cards of this player do I own?: 38.

Tomorrow's card will be 2006 Topps #544. Post will arrive at 1:00 PM CST. Hope you will be too.


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