Unless you've been a hole, you've probably heard that Jon Lester threw a no-hitter tonight against the Royals. As part of their coverage of this feat, ESPN posted a list of all the no-hitters in MLB history. So I was perusing the list when something jumped out at me. In 1991, there was the combined no-hitter for the Braves by Kent Mercker, Alejandro Pena and Mark Wohlers. This is a memory that is etched into my mind and will never forget it. So I keep looking at the list and I see in 1994 Kent Mercker threw another one for the Braves. Wait...what? It seems that the fact that Mercker tossed a no-hitter against the Dodgers went by the wayside when The Strike happened that year. Kent Mercker might be the most unlikely player to have multiple no-hit credits to his name. Him or Bobby Witt. But the thing is, Kent is still playing. He's on the 15-day DL right now for the Reds, but he's still playing. Kent hasn't reached the level of performance he had when he was with the Braves, but he's been pitching well in recent years. In fact, he was out of baseball in 2007, but got a spring training invite from the Reds. He went to the minors, but was called up to the big club. Hopefully, he can get off the DL and have some quality relief for the Reds, because I've always liked Kent. Except when he blew games for the Braves.
I'm done with finals and can finally catch everyone up on what's been grabbing my attention in the card world lately. When I collect, my main focuses are Braves and Chipper Jones specifically. However, when you're trying to collect a player of Chipper's caliber, the price of cards can get really high really quick. So I decided to look for someone, a Braves player, that I can collect and get high end cards of and not break the bank. After doing some looking around, I settled on a guy that caught my attention when I went to spring training. So here, for the first time, is my collection of Josh Anderson While I don't have that many right now, what I do have are good quality and upper end cards. I don't think I've payed more than $10 total including shipping for any of these, with most coming in the $1-$3 range. Josh might not be a star right away, but flashes of brilliance were seen last year with the Astros. He might be the answer to the outfield platoon in left that the Braves have had for so many years. Also, my one complaint is that I need more cards of Josh in a Braves uniform. Even on the Co-Signers card, he's airbrushed. Tisk tisk Topps. So this is a call: If you have any Josh Anderson cards for trade, let me know. I might take them off your hands.
I've been in exam mode for awhile now. They just started yesterday and I'll be done with them next Thursday. So expect more posts after that. and hopefully I'll have something about a new player collection I've started recently soon as well.
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