Vladdie - Did you see him get a hit off a pitch that bounced Friday night? You may think I'm joking, but I'm not.
Alex Rios - Tied for 6th in the AL Power-Speed Number race.
Brandon Inge - This is a great shot. Framed by the catcher, the wall, the ump, the fair pole. Crowd in the background. Full extension on the swing.
John Danks - Mini-binder idea: Players Blowing Bubbles.
Josh Hamilton--Starquest Turqoiuse Common - I like the StarQuest cards a lot more when I like the player.
Mike Hampton--Astros Team Checklist - Really? Hampton gets the checklist card for the 'stros? Not Berkman or Oswalt? Ridiculous. This is Hampton's first season in Houston.
Cha Sung Baek - Was the 10th South Korean to play in the bigs. There have been three more since. He is back in the minors this year.
Aaron Laffey - Rocking the throwbacks. Can anyone tell me in what years Cleveland wore this uni?
Carlos Zambrano - I normally don't like a card of a pitcher hitting, but for Z, I make an exception. The big guy can rake. Still, you'd think they'd use a different pic on the back. You can barely see his face.
Carlos Ruiz - On the all time PA list for players from Panama, Carlos ranks 16th with 1153. Carlos Lee is in 2nd with 6689, and the all-time Panamanian leader is none other than Rod Carew with 10550 in his HOF career.
Kerry Wood--Indians Team Checklist - This is just as bad as Hampton on the checklist card for the Astros.
Cliff Lee--Starquest Turquoise Common - A year after his breakout Cy Young campaign he's still one of the ten best pitchers in the AL.
Chris Waters - "Hang on!" he says. "I can't pitch both of these."
Joey Devine - His 0.59 ERA in 45.2 IP last season was the lowest in MLB history among pitchers with a minimum of 40 innings since ERA became an official statistic in 1912; however, his record is not officially recognized because the MLB minimum is 50 innings. He's missing this season for arm surgery. (source)
Joba Chamberlain - Yankees fans have absurd expectations for this guy, based upon the success he had in his first very short stint in 2007 and in 100.1 IP in 2008. He's a decent arm, but he doesn't look to me like a long-term dominant force.
I will miss the Upper Deck base set if they decide not to go through the hassle of a large set without the ability to use team logos. Full bleed, tight design, and crisp photos have made this a solid set for years.