Tuesday, March 12, 2013

2001 Bowman #398 - Onix Mercado

A lot of people criticize the card industry for over-saturation, and they have a good point. A particular culprit was/is the Bowman brand, putting out draft picks or prospects as an offshoot to the regular set, featuring all sorts of players who will never have a major league at bat. However, I have become a fan of this notion. Take, for instance, our boy above. ~350 at bats in the Reds' rookie league and single-A teams. ~650 in independent leagues. Certainly not Hall of Fame credentials. Nevertheless, Onix Mercado has the pleasure of gracing a baseball card. I find this more than a tad romantic. Cool name, too.

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