2015 All-Star Stitches #8: Albert Pujols (via the Card Chop)

4 02 2016

I recently finished a 2nd trade with Steven of the Card Chop.  The cards below were part of the trade, but the centerpiece of the trade was my All-Star Stitches collection from 2015 Topps Update.

Trade with Card Chop January 2016

Pujols is my my 8th card overall, and he’s my 4th starter for the game.  He’s also my second Home Run Derby Participant, which is cool because that event was the most fun I’ve had!

2015 Topps Update All-Star Stitch Pujols

Card number:  STIT-AP

Player:  Albert Pujols

How I got the card:  a trade with the Card Chop

Position:  First Base

How he made the roster:  Pujols was voted as the first baseman via the player ballot, and replaced injured Miguel Cabrera as the game’s starter.  This was something of a comeback.  Though he’s an all-time great, this was his first time making the All-Star team since he signed with the Angels.  In fact, it was his first All-Star game since 2010.  He kind of fizzled down the stretch, however – I’d say his 2014 season was actually better overall than 2015.

This was his 10th All-Star selection.

First half stat line:  .255/26/56, .323 OBP, .532 SLG

Home Run Derby:  Pujols was the 1-seed in the derby, as his 26 homers were the most at the break.  He knocked rookie Kris Bryan out in the first round, 10-9, then lost to Josh Donaldson, 12-11, in the semifinals.  His defeat to Donaldson was the only time a better seed was upset in the 7 face-offs.  This was interesting, because the better seed got to go 2nd, and it seemed like there was an advantage to seeing what your opponent had done.  I remember thinking Pujols was going to beat Donaldson with a minute or so left, but he just couldn’t get that last homer.  Regardless, it was really cool “the Machine” participated – he was the oldest player in the Derby by quite a bit.

All-Star game:  0-2, 1 BB, 1 R.  Pujols hit third for the AL.  He struck out in the 1st against Zach Greinke, then lined out to center against Gerrit Cole.  Clayton Kershaw walked him in the 5th inning, and he came around to score when Lorenzo Cain doubled.  Mark Teixeira replaced Pujols in the field in the 6th inning.

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STIT-AB A.J. Burnett – Pittsburgh Pirates
STIT-AC Aroldis Chapman – Cincinnati Reds
STIT-AE Alcides Escobar – Kansas City Royals
STIT-AGN Adrian Gonzalez – Los Angeles Dodgers
STIT-AJ Adam Jones – Baltimore Orioles
STIT-AM Andrew McCutchen – Pittsburgh Pirates
STIT-APO A.J. Pollock – Arizona Diamondbacks
STIT-APU Albert Pujols – Los Angeles Angels
STIT-AR Anthony Rizzo – Chicago Cubs
STIT-BB Brad Boxberger – Tampa Bay Rays
STIT-BC Brandon Crawford – San Francisco Giants
STIT-BD Brian Dozier – Minnesota Twins
STIT-BG Brett Gardner – New York Yankees
STIT-BHA Bryce Harper – Washington Nationals
STIT-BHO Brock Holt – Boston Red Sox
STIT-BP Buster Posey – San Francisco Giants
STIT-CA Chris Archer – Tampa Bay Rays
STIT-CK Clayton Kershaw – Los Angeles Dodgers
STIT-CM Carlos Martinez – St. Louis Cardinals
STIT-CS Chris Sale – Chicago White Sox
STIT-DB Dellin Betances – New York Yankees
STIT-DK Dallas Keuchel – Houston Astros
STIT-DL DJ LeMahieu – Colorado Rockies
STIT-DO Darren O’Day – Baltimore Orioles
STIT-DP David Price – Detroit Tigers
STIT-FH Felix Hernandez – Seattle Mariners
STIT-GC Gerrit Cole – Pittsburgh Pirates
STIT-GP Glen Perkins – Minnesota Twins
STIT-JA Jose Altuve – Houston Astros
STIT-JDE Jacob deGrom – New York Mets
STIT-JDO Josh Donaldson – Toronto Blue Jays
STIT-JK Jason Kipnis – Cleveland Indians
STIT-JM J.D. Martinez – Detroit Tigers
STIT-JPA Joe Panik – San Francisco Giants
STIT-JPD Joc Pederson – Los Angeles Dodgers
STIT-JPE Jhonny Peralta – St. Louis Cardinals
STIT-JU Justin Upton – San Diego Padres
STIT-KB Kris Bryant – Chicago Cubs
STIT-KH Kelvin Herrera – Kansas City Royals
STIT-LC Lorenzo Cain – Kansas City Royals
STIT-MB Madison Bumgarner – San Francisco Giants
STIT-MMA Manny Machado – Baltimore Orioles
STIT-MME Mark Melancon – Pittsburgh Pirates
STIT-MTE Mark Teixeira – New York Yankees
STIT-MTR Mike Trout – Los Angeles Angels
STIT-NA Nolan Arenado – Colorado Rockies
STIT-NC Nelson Cruz – Seattle Mariners
STIT-PF Prince Fielder – Texas Rangers
STIT-PG Paul Goldschmidt – Arizona Diamondbacks
STIT-RM Russell Martin – Toronto Blue Jays
STIT-SM Shelby Miller – Atlanta Braves
STIT-SP Salvador Perez – Kansas City Royals
STIT-SV Stephen Vogt – Oakland Athletics
STIT-TF Todd Frazier – Cincinnati Reds
STIT-TT Troy Tulowitzki – Colorado Rockies
STIT-WD Wade Davis – Kansas City Royals
STIT-YG Yasmani Grandal – Los Angeles Dodgers
STIT-YM Yadier Molina – St. Louis Cardinals
STIT-ZB Zach Britton – Baltimore Orioles
STIT-ZG Zack Greinke – Los Angeles Dodgers
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