There have been some bad baseball cards in the past. Billy Ripken’s infamous “[Expletive] Face” bat. Jay Johnstone’s umbrella hat. Chuck Finley’s bat/guitar. But at least it was unmistakable who was in it.
Jayson Werth isn’t the only visible National in his card in the Topps 2014 set, something he isn’t too happy about, according to Dave Brown of Yahoo! Sports.
“Whose card do you think that is?” [Werth] asked.
It’s a picture that includes Werth pointing to something in the stands at Nationals Park — he’s not sure what anymore. It’s kind of neat, actually. But … it could be anybody’s card.
“Thank you,” Werth said.
Brown’s article includes a snapshot of the card. While you can make a reasonable assumption that Werth is the focus of the card since he’s closest to the middle, Anthony Rendon and Ian Desmond are clearly visible on the left side of the card. As Brown notes, even trainer Steve Gober gets some face time in the frame.
Werth isn’t enraged about the issue or anything, but you can bet Topps will give the Nats outfielder his deserved face time in the next edition.
Jake Arrieta‘s bat is in midseason form already. The Cubs’ ace swatted a solo home run to center field off of Zack Greinke in Thursday afternoon’s Grapefruit League exhibition game, his first homer of the spring.
The blast went 465 feet, according to MLB.com’s Daren Willman.
Arrieta has hit two home runs in each of the past two seasons. Madison Bumgarner (eight) and Noah Syndergaard (four) are the only other pitchers to match or exceed his output in that department.
Greinke, meanwhile, is hoping to bounce back after a miserable 2016 season. He finished with an uncharacteristic 4.37 ERA in 26 starts in his first year with the Diamondbacks.
Angels first baseman Luis Valbuena will miss the next four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Valbuena, 31, signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Angels in January and was on track to get the lion’s share of the playing time at first base. While he’s out, however, C.J. Cron will handle first base on a regular basis. When Valbeuna returns, the two will likely form a platoon.
Last year with the Astros, Valbuena hit a solid .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances.