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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

2014 Quarry Unlimited - The Recap Part 2

Don't forget to vote for your top 10 cards in the 2014 Quarry Unlimited set.  Check out the nominees here.

I hope you guys have enjoyed this year's offering of the Quarry Unlimited set.  I think it is my best effort thus far, but I am still proud of my previous 2 years as well.  I figured after 3 years I might start getting burned out custom cards, especially with doing over nearly 5000 total cards, but it hasn't happened yet.  I'm thinking about doing a 2015 Quarry Unlimited set as well just so I can match Topps Total in longevity.  But before we think about that, let's take a look at some trivia about the 2014 Quarry Unlimited set.

First player alphabetically
Fernando Abad (David Aardsma in 2013)

Final player alphabetically 
Mike Zunino (Mike Zunino in 2013)

Team with the most cards
Texas Rangers - 64  (Yankees and Cubs - 57 in 2013)

Team with the fewest cards 
Atlanta Braves - 39 (Tigers and Reds - 40 in 2013)

Team with the most players in first year with the franchise
Texas Rangers - 40 (Cubs - 35 in 2013)

Team with the fewest players in first year with the franchise
Milwaukee Brewers - 13 (Tigers - 9 in 2013)

Best border color by team (my opinion)
Blue - 7;  Yellow - 6; Green - 5; Red - 5; Purple - 5; Orange - 2

Worst border color by team (my opinion)
Orange - 9; Green - 7; Red - 4; Yellow - 4; Purple - 3; Blue - 3

Border color of the #1 card per team(my opinion)
Red - 9; Blue - 8; Purple - 7; Orange - 3; Green - 2; Yellow -1

Total # of player cards in this set
1432  (46 less than 2013)

Total # of cards including subsets in this set

Total # of unique players appearing in this set
1325  (21 more than 2013)

Total # of players appearing with multiple teams
107  (9 more than 2013)

Total number of players appearing on 3 or more teams
6  (same as 2012 and 2013)

Six players appeared in games for three different franchises in 2014.  Here they are in chronological order of appearance.

As with every multiple appearance by a player, I made sure each border color was different for each team.  There are a couple of interesting facts about these cards as well.  Jerome Williams became the first pitcher to ever get a win against the same team (Oakland) with three different franchises in the same season.  Cool fact, but the next one is even more interesting to me.  Kelly Johnson appeared for three AL East teams in 2014 after appearing for the other two AL East teams in 2012 and 2013.  So he appeared in games for all 5 AL East teams in two seasons.  Here is Johnson in his other two uniforms from 2012 and 2013 Quarry Unlimited along with his three 2014 cards.

Other than Steve Finley in the NL West, can you think of any other players that have been a part of all 5 teams in a single division?

Total # of players sharing the same name
12   (2 more pairs than in 2013)

There are 6 pairs of same names in this year's set, but interestingly only 1 of them was also in 2013.  1 pair was in 2012 and 1/2 of one pair was in 2013.  We also had a manager/player pairing for the first time since 2012.

The David Carpenters are the only pair that have each appeared in all 3 Quarry Unlimited sets.  The Chris Youngs make a reappearance after Chris R. Young made a nice comeback from missing the 2013 season.  Chris B. Young is the only player to switch teams this year going from the Mets to Yankees in mid season.  The Jose Ramirezes should be fairly simple to tell apart just because one is a pitcher and one is a position player.  The Michael Taylors are both prospect outfielders, Michael D. Taylor of the White Sox is probably better known because he has also played three years for the A's in his career and was involved in the Roy Halladay trade a few years back.  Michael A. Taylor is the rookie from the Nationals.  The Bryan Prices are the first manager/player combo since the Brad Mills combo of the then Astros manager and the Angels reliever in 2012.

Finally, we come to the clusterfuck that is Miguel Gonzalez.  Miguel Gonzalez of the Orioles appeared in the same name category in 2013 as well, but with a different partner.  Last season Miguel Angel Gonzalez of the Orioles was paired with Miguel Antonio Gonzalez of the White Sox.  Antonio did not make it back to the majors in 2014 though.  However, Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez of the Phillies did.  So not only are all three players named Miguel Gonzalez, but all three share the same middle initial of A.  I really hope two of them pull a Giancarlo Stanton and start going by a different name in 2015.

Total # of Rookie Prospects cards in 2014

Total # of RPs traded during the 2014 offseason (as of 1/28/15)

This is one that I found somewhat amusing considering how much prospects are thought of nowadays.  Here is the list of RPs and their new homes.

Chris Bassitt - New Team - A's
traded in the Jeff Samardzija deal

Anthony DeSclafani - New Team - Reds
traded in the Mat Latos deal

Mike Foltynewicz - New Team - Braves
traded in the Evan Gattis deal

Kendall Graveman - New Team - A's
traded in the Josh Donaldson deal

Jace Peterson - New Team - Braves
traded in the Justin Upton deal

Anthony Ranaudo - New Team - Rangers
traded for Robbie Ross

Robbie Ray - New Team - Diamondbacks
traded in the Didi Gregorius 3 way deal

Chasen Shreve - New Team - Yankees
traded in the Manny Banuelos deal

Steven Souza - New Team - Rays
traded in the Wil Myers 3 way deal

Nick Tropeano - New Team - Angels
traded in the Hank Conger deal

Andrew Heaney - New Team - Angels
first traded to the Dodgers in the Dee Gordon deal,  then traded in the Howie Kendrick deal

Team write ups with the most pageviews
1. Toronto Blue Jays Part 1
2. Toronto Blue Jays Part 2
3. (tie) Houston Astros Part 2 and St. Louis Cardinals Part 1

Team write ups with the fewest pageviews
1. Arizona Diamondbacks Part 2
2. Arizona Diamondbacks Part 1
3. Boston Red Sox Part 2

I always find the pageview stats fascinating.  The Diamondbacks can probably be easily explained since they were the final team posted and the Red Sox were not that far behind.  The Blue Jays success is a bit more puzzling unless I have finally made an impact in Canada after all these years.  Woohoo!

Number of big screw ups while presenting this year's set

Or at least none that were pointed out at least.  I have been ending this recap with an acknowledgement of a screw up.  In 2012 I forgot to include Don Mattingly in the Dodgers team set.  In 2013 I had to make a corrected Daniel Nava card because my original was an error that actually pictured Dustin Pedroia.  This year, no major screw ups.  That makes me happy.

Tomorrow evening I will post an index of teams.  Friday is the Grand Finale.  Don't forget to vote for your favorites if you haven't already.

Thanx for reading.


night owl said...

I've been pretty busy so I haven't had the chance to digest this post. I wish I could favorite it so I'd remember to go back to it when I have the time. I love stuff like this.

Jim said...

Just fantastic work, as usual.

I've featured a bunch of these cards in my blog post today. Can't wait to see the results of the poll.

Play at the Plate said...

Like Night Owl, I need time to really dig into this. I'll be doing that soon. It looks great.