“Lost Cards”: The Year After, 2005

12 03 2014

2005

2005 Topps Roberto Alomar

Best Player to retire in 2004.   Roberto Alomar (Hall of Famer).

Did he have a 2005 card?   Yes, a bunch including the Topps card shown above

Alomar bounced around toward the end of his career – spending time with the Mets, White Sox and Diamondbacks.  The card above, however, shows the time he spent in spring training 2005 with the Devil Rays.  He signed a 1-year deal with them but decided to retire when he felt injuries would inhibit his abilities.  

Apologies to:   Barry Larkin (Hall of Famer).  This was a tough one.  I went back and forth over who is the better player.  I think it’s probably Alomar as far as his complete baseball career goes, though I think you could argue Larkin has more hobby pull because he spent his whole career with one team and won an MVP.  Ultimately, I went with Alomar, probably as an overreaction to mitigate my bias as a Reds (and Larkin) fan.

Larkin retired after the 2004 season, having played 19 years with the Reds.  Jim Bowden had recruited him to play another year or two for the Nationals, but Larkin declined to play for a team other than Cincinnati.  I wouldn’t have blamed him for playing for Washington, but I’m glad he didn’t.  He’s one of 4 players who played their entire career for the team in the city where they grew up – and he’s the only one who isn’t a Yankee (though I’m not counting Cal Ripken who grew up less than an hour away from Baltimore).  He did have a few 2005 cards, though his last Topps card was 2004 (I showed that off in my last post).

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4 responses

12 03 2014
Swing And A Pop-Up

I had no idea Alomar was ever a Devil Ray.

12 03 2014
chuckneo

I didn’t either. In some way, he really wasn’t. He never played an actual game for them!

13 03 2014
NPB Card Guy

Cal Ripken’s hometown of Aberdeen, MD is actually less than 30 miles from Baltimore. Not sure that’s close enough to count but I think it’s a bit closer than you think.

13 03 2014
chuckneo

Didn’t know that. I’ve actually driven by it when I used to live in New Jersey on the way to Baltimore / DC and thought it was a little further away than that. Maybe I was thinking of how far it is from DC!

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