A place where Colorado Rockies baseball card collectors (all 3 of us) can waste some time reading about our favorite sport. The Rockies and their cards will be the primary focus, but I like to go off on tangents as well so anything and everything baseball related may be covered here.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013 Quarry Unlimited - #22 San Diego Padres Part 2

If you have been following along in my team trivia, you will have noticed that no team has more different players between 1993-2013 than the San Diego Padres with 522.  The Mets are a close second with 516, but that gap was significantly cut this year.  I still have a few teams to finish, but the Padres also have the most different players appearing on cardboard in that time span.  389 different players appeared both in a Padres game and on a Padres card between 1993-2013.  I'm not real sure whether that is a good thing or a bad thing for a franchise.  I was leaning toward it being a negative, but the Twins have the fewest for both categories and they were hardly a dominant team in that time frame.  Maybe it isn't even a significant statistic when it comes to winning at all.  Either way, it is kind of interesting trivia and that's what I am all about here at the Quarry.  Let's take a look at the second half of the 2013 San Diego Padres.

My Top 5 Padres Cards
1. Jesus Guzman
2. Edinson Volquez
3. Nick Hundley
4. John Baker
5. Mark Kotsay

The Jesus Guzman is a nice close up play at the plate card.  It helps this photo in my eyes that the catcher is a Rockie, Yorvit Torrealba I think.  I can't explain why I like that Edinson Volquez card, but I just do.  It's either the extreme close up, the expression on his face, or the gigantic gold chain or maybe a combination of all three.  The Nick Hundley is a more familiar play at the plate card.  It's still pretty good though.  It's a shame that these are going to be practically non-existent in the near future.  I can't remember seeing as much of the color brown on a bordered card ever as there is on the John Baker card.  It oddly works.  Finally we have the final card of the long career of Mark Kotsay.  The brown ivy is kind of poignant, don't you think?

Coming tomorrow - #23 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Thanx for reading.

Monday, December 30, 2013

2013 Quarry Unlimited - #22 San Diego Padres Part 1

Some of you may be surprised to see a Rockies NL West rival ranked this highly, and to be honest with you I am a bit surprised myself.  I can assure you that I am not really starting to like the Padres and I still do think of them as the team that wore the bodily waste colored uniforms at one time.  This is more of a case of several other teams that have pissed me off this season in one fashion or another.  In time, the Padres will retake their place among the lowest of the low.  However, for now they can take heart that I only want them to lose 90 games instead of 110 games.  Besides making fun of the Padres is a lot like picking on the slow kid in school, it's too easy to do and you never feel good about yourself afterwards.  For now, let's just check out some Padres team trivia.


# of players to play in a Padres game (1993-2013) - 522

# of those players to have a Padres card (as of today) - 389

% of Padres players to appear on a Padres card - 74.5%

Big names left out - Rob Deer, Danny Jackson, Matt Stairs

# of new Padres in 2013 - 16

Total # of Padres in 2013 - 47

position on last year's list --   #26    =  UP 4

Let's take a look at the first half of the 2013 San Diego Padres with the team card leading the way.

I'll be back tomorrow with Part 2.

Thanx for reading.