Thursday, January 31, 2008

Randy Johnson 1991 Fleer

I well start off with a link exchange with The Ugly Baseball Card Blog
This is a Great Site! This blogger say's that he spent years collecting all these cards and they aren't worth a darn thing. But at least they're amusing. He has been posting ugly cards.
As for me I am posting a 1991 Fleer Randy Johnson.
The back of the Card says : At 6'10" Randy is extremely imposing and has become part of the core of Seatle's good young rotation amassing 13 wins and 180+ stikeouts by October 1990 .... hurled a no hitter 2-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers on June 2.1990.... REceived Schlarships for both Basketball and baseball at USC.
A note from the BaseballI card man: I always like the 1991 Fleer .But in 2001 are house flooded from a water link and I lost about 4000 cards. One box of those cards was 1991 Fleer. O'well

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Got a Trade

I Just did a Trade with NetScans
I Gave up some 89 Topps Coins. I got in return Topps Chrome Nick Markakis # 10 Generation Now, Alex Rodriguez #230 Road To 500 Topps, 2K7 Mickey Mantle Unlock the Mick Exclusive Cheats on Back 2007, Mickey Mantle Topps Baseball MMS2 2007.
Was a Great trade! I think Moe was getting tired of waiting on me to make up mind. I finally told him just surprise me and he did! Thanks, Moe! go to NetScans and check out his site. He is a great trader!

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Al Brazle

Tonight I am posting a 1952 Topps Al Brazle Card. This is one of the first old cards I ever traded for. In 1976 a guy had put a ad in the local newspaper wanting to trade baseball cards.So I called about making a trade I told the man I had a lot of 1973 1974 1975 he said had not bought many cards in the 1970's but he had collected many cards when he was a kid in the 1960's and he would like to make a trade with some of my 1970's. so, when he came over to my house and i started looking through his older cards I realized that I did not know many of these guys. But, he had a couple of really old cards and I asked him what they were about? He said, they were 1952 Topps the first year Topps ever made cards. I traded a lot of my 1974's &75's to get about 20-30 old cards and I got 2 of the 1952 Topps. I remember thinking "man, I really have something now!"
Alpha Eugene Brazle (October 19, 1913 - October 24, 1973) was a Major League Baseball pitcher. The left-hander was signed by the Boston Red Sox as an amateur free agent in 1936, and later traded to the St. Louis Cardinals for pitcher Mike Ryba in September, 1940. He played his entire MLB career for the Cards (1943, 1946-1954). In 1954, at the age of 40, he was the oldest player to appear in a National League game that season.
A native of Loyal, Oklahoma, Brazle played 7 1/2 years in the minor leagues before he became a 29-year old Cardinal rookie. He completed 47 of 117 starts, with 7 shutouts, and twice led the National League in saves (1952 and 1953).
His career totals include a record of 97-64 (.602), 441 games, 60 saves, 178 games finished, 1376.2 innings pitched, 554 strikeouts, and a 3.31 ERA. He was a member of two pennant-winning clubs, losing in the 1943 World Series to the New York Yankees, and winning the 1946 World Series against the Boston Red Sox.
"Old Alfie was a terrific relief pitcher because he was a lefthander with good control and a great natural sinker that dipped better the more he worked and the more tired he became. He didn't have much of a curve, but somehow his knee action when he sidearmed lefthanded hitters seemd to drive some pretty good ones crazy." - Hall of Famer Stan Musial in The Man's Own Story (Stan Musial, 1964)

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Cy Young ,a legend and some Little Leage admirers

Here is the Card of the day. How fortunate were these little guys to get advice from Cy Young ?Young credited his off season farming chores, including wood chopping, with keeping his pitching strength in good shape until he was 44. Even at the time of his retirement, his arm was healthy, but Young had gained weight and was unable to field his position anymore. In three of his last four years, he was the oldest player in the league.

I want to trade for Royals

The reason I started this blog was to trade cards. Here is what I have in mind, I collect Royals. I send you 25 cards of a team and you send me 25 Royals cards of anybody. I am starting off with the Oakland A's this Dan Johnson card is the lead card. You e-mail me telling me you want to make a trade and we will make the arrangements to trade

Friday, January 25, 2008

Sloeless Joe Jackson

White sox cards Inspired me tonight to post this Shoeless Joe Jackson. This is actually a refrigerator magnet instead of a ballcard. Now I am not a Whitesox fan eventhough two of my favorite palyers were Whitesox, Carlton Fisk and Shoeless Joe Jackson. I throughly enjoyed the movie Eight Men Out I don't know how many times I have watched it!
Jackson nickname Shoeless
According to Jackson, he got his nickname during a game with the Brandon Mill team. Jackson suffered from a blister on his foot from a new pair of cleats. They hurt so much that he had to take his shoes off before an at bat. Once Jackson was on base, a fan started yelling inappropriate and vulgar comments at him. One of the things Jackson was called was a "Shoeless son of a gun." The name stuck with him throughout the remainder of his life

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Lance Berkman WM19

This is my card of the day. I pulled this card out of a pack of 2007 TOPPS .
The back of the card says:"Lance Berkman ,First base, Houston Astros
Lance led Rice to its first College World Series appearance and won National Player of the year honors in 1997. Since '00 he has been one of the best run producers in the Majors. the outfielder/first baseman set MLB switch-hitter records for doubles (55) and extra-base hits (94) in '01. He twice has topped 40 home runs and in '06 he eclipsed Jeff bagwell's Houston record for RBI in a season with 136.
the front of this collectible card is based on the 1971 Topps design."
A note from Baseballcardman, eventhough I did not collect cards in 1971 I have always loved the '71 design. So I was extremely happy when I pulled this Berkman card!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Link Exchange-Jeltz

Yeah! We've got a link Exchange with the On Base Autos.

This is a Great Site. (On Base Autos) is the the father of two wonderful little boys and he loves being a father. He gets autographs through the mail and has a great story on how He got into collecting Cards again. He also tells you how to get cards signed throw mailing letters to Ball Players in the mail. Great Site

I pick Steve Jeltz for a auto card tonight. Steve (born May 28, 1959in Paris, France) He played in parts of eight seasons in Major League Baseball with the Philadelphia Phillies and Kansas City Royals. Steve was a good defense player and a switch hitter.

A friend found this card in the trash, somebody had throw it away and so he gave it to me . I well take cards and autographs anyway I can get them.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Bo Jackson's Autograph

Like Whitesoxcards I also have a Bo Jackson Autograph, except my story isn't as good as his. I got mine from a guy who mentored me on collecting cards. He would load me up, take me to card shows, baseball and basketball games when I was a teenager. He always loved getting autographs at games. I hadn't seen my friend for about five years. I finally found him he had moved to a different town. He was so happy to see and to talk about the "Old Days" that he gave me this Bo Jackson card. We all should mentor somebody. This is the reason I like blogging baseball cards I feel like I have a lot of good mentors!

Monday, January 21, 2008

Link Exchange

Yeah! We've got a link Exchange with the Fleer Sticker Project. Finally found somebody that is blogging that collected cards back before there were card shops. I really like his web link. He is doing something I know nothing about a lot of documentation on Fleer Stickers. He also does reminisce about the 1970's one thing he has done is he listed several "Christmas Wish Books." He made really think back in time. When I do a web-link I usually post a card of a player or team they collect. However, I haven't any old Fleer stickers that I am aware of so I have posted one of Fleerfans stickers fron his site. (Thanks Fleerfan) I have picked this particular sticker because I am a Chiefs Fan and it is not very often I see an Old Dallas Texan logo.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

1963 Fleer Dick Howser #15

I just purchased a 1963 Fleer Dick Howser #15 on E-bay.
Richard Dalton Howser (May 14, 1936 - June 17, 1987)
Dick was drafted by the Kansas City Athletics, he hit .280, stole 37 bases, scored 108 runs, and led American League shortstops in putouts and errors in his rookie season. For this, he was selected to the 1961 All-Star team and named The Sporting News rookie of the year.
Dick was with K.C. until 1963 then with the Cleveland Indians from 1963-1966 and the New York Yankees from 1967-1968. Following his playing career, he was the third base coach with the Yankees for ten seasons (1969-78).Howser won an AL East title for the Yankees his first full year as manager (1980), but was sacked by George Steinbrenner when the Yankees lost the LCS. He returned to the majors in late 1981 to lead the Royals to the AL West title. He won the division again in 1984 and the WS in 1985. But two days after he managed the AL to an All star Game victory in 1986, it was discovered that he had a brain tumor. He retired during spring training of 1987 and succumbed shortly afterward.
When Howser was Manger of the Royals. He always scared me the way he manged the game but his players would always come through for him.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Babe Ruth -The Sporting News Conlon Collection

This is one of my favorite cards.
The Babe would have made it to the Hall of Fame even as a Pitcher!

The back of the says:
Babe Ruth began his major league career as a pitcher with the Red Sox. Babe was of the best pitchers in the history of the game. He pitched all 14 innings of game 2 of the 1916 World Series, giving up only 6 hits, 1run,1 earned run, and 3 bases on balls.His ERA for the game was an astounding 0.64.The Babe's statistics for the season were also impressive. He led the AL in shutouts (9), fewest hits per game (6.39), and ERA (1.75).He held his opponents to a .201 batting average.Babe's career .304 batting average as a pitcher was harbinger of his future as the "Sultan of Swat."

Friday, January 18, 2008

Etch-A-Sketch works of art

At age 18, the Topps trading card company commissioned George Vlosich III to produce 9 Etch-A-Sketches as special inserts for their 1998 Topps baseball trading cards. I was so happy when I pulled the Ken Griffey Jr. card. It's hard to believe it's been ten years.
If you would like to see more of George's Vlosich III's work go to

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Having Fun

I have enjoyed reading all of the blogs that everybody has written about the status of our hobby. The other day I was telling my wife I would have probably been better off selling all of my cards in the late 1980's-early 1990's that I had collected when I was a kid in the 1970's she replied, "Oh well, you had fun didn't you?" It made me start thinking in almost 35 years of collecting that is what it has all been about is the fun of collecting them. I can still remember in 1973 on a blistering hot day opening up a wax pack of baseball cards and the smell of the gum and each player had a logo of his position circled with a colored dot like the picture above. Boy was it fun. Then in 1976 I rode my bicycle to the local quick stop like I had so many times before since 1973. However this time for the first time I seen my first cello pack, being able to see the players inside and seeing what each pack had in them and boy was that fun! I could keep going through each year how card collecting has changed and how much fun I had doing it.
There has been times throughout the years I got scared and didn't like the direction the hobby was going but I always returned to it because it was fun. Now, I am 47 years old hurrying home from work to see what everyone else has written in their blogs. Why? Because it is fun just like the boy who rode his bike to the quick stop to buy his cards.

T206 Honus Wagner

Anybody got 100,000 dollors?

I need it!
Beckett Grading has spent the last month verifying and grading a collection of 550 T206 Sweet Caporal tobacco cards including a rare Honus Wagner card, from a single collection previously unknown to the hobby. This collection, submitted by a man in the southeastern U.S. who had inherited them, is thought to be one of the most extensive T206 private collections of raw, ungraded, turn of the century tobacco cards uncovered in the past 30 years. There are believed to be only 55-60 T206 Honus Wagner cards in circulation.
“The story behind this find, and the fact that the entire group is from the Sweet Caporal brand, suggests it is likely an original collection from an early 20th century collector who smoked Sweet Caporal cigarettes. There is no doubt that unearthing a T206 collection of this breadth, headlined by a Wagner, is one of the most significant trading card finds in recent memory,” said Mark Anderson, Director of Beckett Grading Services. “Having been hidden away for decades, the color on these cards is extraordinary, and a very large percentage of these cards should grade Excellent or better.”
The New York Daily News reported that the cards were consigned by a man who had "apparently fallen on hard times and was searching his house for something to sell when he remembered the card collection that had apparently originated with his grandfather. The value of the Wagner alone will likely exceed $100,000.The entire collection will be auctioned off through multiple auctions overseen by the Beckett Select Auctions division of Beckett Media beginning in March of this year. The single card and lot auctions will culminate with the multi-day auction of the T206 Honus Wagner ending on April 10th. “The history and lore that surround the previous Honus Wagner cards makes this one of the most exciting announcements Beckett Media has ever made. We expect this card alone to sell for well over $100,000 at auction and based on the exceptional appearance and condition of many of the other cards in the collection we feel that many collectors will be able to enhance their T206 collections dramatically in the coming months,” said Grant Sandground, Beckett Media’s Technical Director of Hobby Development.

T206 Honus Wagner “The T206 set has and remains to this day, by far, the most important pre-war set of trading cards ever issued. In fact, you could make a viable argument that it’s the most important set of trading cards ever issued. Period. The set represents every element that comes to define a collecting masterpiece,” added Sandground.
"The Wagner is, of course, the centerpiece of the set. It’s gotten to the point where it’s virtually an iconic image when discussing American pop culture. The set is loaded with multiple cards for benchmark Hall of Famers like Ty Cobb, Christy Mathewson and Cy Young. The artwork and images, to this day, remain universally compelling. The cards have a perfect balance of scarcity and commonality. Low grade copies are affordable for options almost any collector and high-grade cards and scarce short prints continue to grow in popularity with aficionados.”

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Jim Kaat Rookie 1960 Topps #136

I am proud to own a Jim Kaat Rookie

I took this story from Jay Berman who can say it better than I can.

Jim Kaat
By Jay Berman
It would appear that Jim Kaat was one of those pitchers who could, to resurrect a familiar sports cliché, do it all.
The big (6’4”) left-hander won 283 games during a 25-year career in the major leagues which made him a rare four-decade man, entering as a rookie in 1959 with the original Washington Senators and bowing out after the 1983 season with the St. Louis Cardinals.
The one thing Kaat couldn’t do, apparently, was get into the Hall of Fame. During the 15 years he was eligible for election by the Baseball Writers Association of America, from 1989 through 2003, he never collected more than 30 percent of the vote, far short of the required 75 percent of all votes cast.
He won 20 or more games three times, the first time in 1966 when he had a 25-13 record with the Minnesota Twins. That year, he had three shutouts, 19 complete games and a 2.75 ERA. His reward was a berth on the American League All-Star team and a fifth-place finish in the Most Valuable Player vote.
He won 21 games with the Chicago White Sox in 1974 and then 20 the following year, also with Chicago.
Kaat captured 16 Gold Glove Awards, establishing himself as one of the finest fielding pitchers of the era. He could hit, too, with 16 career home runs and 106 runs batted in.
Kaat probably would have won a Cy Young Award in 1966, but that was the last year only one award was given for both leagues, and it was also the year the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Sandy Koufax was 27-9 with an ERA of 1.73. As consolation, Kaat was named The Sporting News pitcher of the year.
Kaat finished his career with an earned run average of 3.45, with 180 complete games and 31 shutouts. He pitched in the World Series in 1965 as a starter with the Twins and then as a reliever with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1982. His 17 years between appearances is a record, and one of those statistics that prove there are too many statistics.
Here are some pitchers with at least two things in common: Red Ruffing, Jim Palmer, Bob Gibson, Jim Bunning, Jim Hunter, Juan Marichal, Whitey Ford, Bob Gibson, Don Drysdale and Bob Lemon.
First, they’re all members of the Hall of Fame. Second, Kaat had more wins than any of them.
So why isn’t he in the Hall of Fame, when they are? Well, Ruffing, Ford and Hunter spent at least part of their careers with the New York Yankees, always a boost for H of F consideration. Palmer and Bunning were dominating pitchers who also played in major markets, while Kaat, in contrast, spent more than half his career in Minneapolis. As for Gibson — well, Bob Gibson had several seasons in which he was the best pitcher in the game.
In 1978, when — at the age of 38 — Kaat went to spring training with the Philadelphia Phillies and put himself on a grueling workout regimen to make the club, he told a reporter: “It’s tough to love the game when it doesn’t love you anymore.” As late in his career as 1980, more than two decades after he broke in, Kaat won eight games, including a complete-game shutout and saved four as a Cardinal starter and reliever.
At long last, things may be looking up for Kaat, now 68. The Veterans Committee, which meets every two years, takes charge of voting for players after the 15 years of the writers’ jurisdiction, and in voting by the Veterans Committee in 2005, he was fourth with 54 percent of the vote. In 2007, he was second with 63.4 percent. Maybe in 2009.
Kaat’s son, also named Jim, wrote a foreword in Kaat’s 2003 autobiography, which read in part: “…in the future, when your peers on the Veterans Committee vote you into the Hall of Fame, that will be the true measure of your success. Because, in the end, writers write — that is all they do well — and players play, and there is no higher accomplishment than the ultimate respect from your peers.”

Reds October

This is for Cincy Reds Cards at
1991 Score Card #795
Cebebrating their World Series sweep of the A's Reds mob Randy Myers .Pic #1
Ater beating the Pirates in the NLCS, Barry Larkin does a back flip. Pic #2

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Link Exchange-Jefferies

This is great another Link Exchange!!

This is with Gem Mint Genius at

Gem Mint Genius well be having a The Great Fan-Fest Card Give-Away.

All you have to do is leave a comment, on the site and you have a chance to win Official 2007 MLB All Star Game Fan Fest card at absolutly no cost to you !! All you have to do is leave a comment on this blogg between today, and the 15th of February, and he will put all the names of those who commented in a hat and randomly draw a winner to receive the card. He will then e-mail the winner for their mailing address (U.S. only please).

Fred said, "he was lucky enough to grow up in the 80's and 90's and he had to show for his love and dedication to card collecting is a broken heart, and way to many 1989 Upper Deck Gary Sheffield backward SS error rookies." He also said that this was the worse possible time to enter the world of card collecting because the hottest possible pack pull was a Gregg Jeffries Future Stars card.

So, I am posting the Gregg Jefferies card tonight, man did I have to dig for it! I remember people were paying $5.00-$6.00 for this card at the card shows and now he is in the common box.

Great Site Fred! Thank you for contacting me, Baseballcardman.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Link Exchange- Henderson

Rickey Henderson
I have an e-mail from a guy named Tony, wanting to do a link exchange stating he has just started his blogg. So, I went and looked at Tony's blogg says that he collects Rickey Henderson so I chose Rickey Henderson for this blogg. This card is a 1991 Upper Deck. I have always been fascinated by this 3D card.
You have a great sight Tony keep up the good work!
It took a long time, huh? (Pause for cheers). First of all, I would like to thank God for giving me the opportunity. I want to thank the Haas family, the Oakland organization, the city of Oakland, and all you beautiful fans for supporting me. (Pauses for cheers). Most of all, I'd like to thank my mom, my friends, and loved ones for their support. I want to give my appreciation to Tom Trebelhorn and the late Billy Martin. Billy Martin was a great manager. He was a great friend to me. I love you, Billy. I wish you were here. (Pauses for cheers). Lou Brock was the symbol of great base stealing. But today, I'm the greatest of all time.
Thank you.
Rickey Henderson's full speech after breaking Lou Brock's record

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Baseball Wit-Lou Gehrig

This is a Baseball Wit Card.
What is a Baseball Wit Card you may ask?
The 1989 Baseball Wit, were marketed by Interpretive Marketing Products, as an " one-of-a-kind game from Little League to Major League". The game consists of 108 baseball cards, with photos of players on the front, and questions and answers on the back.
This Gehrig card is #73.
Here is a list of questions and answers on the back.
Q#1 Who was nicknamed"Iron Horse?
A#1 Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig of the New York Yankees earned that nickname because of his durability.
Q#2 Where is the National Baseball Hall of fame located?
A.#2 The Hall of Fame is located in Cooperstown, New York.
Q.#3 What were the circumstances of the first game in the National League history?
A.#3 Boston defeated Philadelphia, 6-5, on April 22 1876.
I got 2 out of 3 right

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Nice Trade

I made this Trade at Sports Card Forum
on Topps Series #1 2007 Baseball
With misterred I Received Cards
# 90,129,130,260,287,300,308,311,324
I gave up 49 cards of 1990 Upperdeck

Also Received Free cards from cubman1941
I Received Cards #49 ,130, 160 268 300 308 328 also was 2007 Series #1 Baseball
The trade happened the same time as the free cards so I went from have no Albert Pujols to having doubles
Thanks to both traders.

Luis Tiant- 1971 Topps -emailed to do Link Exchange
So I picked Luis Tiant as My Twins card.
Some fans don't know that Luis was ever with the Twins.
After an injury-plagued season in 1969 with the Indians, Tiant was traded to the Twins in a multi-player deal that brought fellow pitcher Dean Chance and third baseman Graig Nettles to the Indians. With Minnesota, Tiant began 1970 with six wins, but then he fractured his right scapula and virtually ended the season. He showed little promise in the 1971 spring training, so he was released.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Father and Son

I loved the Father and Son Cards
The back of the cards says:In 1969 at Sarasota, Florida I became so depressed that I considered quitting Baseball. I called Dad in Cincinnati and told him of my feelings. Dad said to stay there, he'd be down promptly.It took him 19 hours and there he was ! Dad calmed me made me feel like new,and I resumed my career. Thus whatever I may achieve in Baseball I own to Dad. --Buddy Bell

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Jim Rice and NO Hall Fame

Man that was close for Jim Rice.

Jim Rice was only 14 votes short of the 75 percent needed for election, but he figures to meet the standard next year in his 15th and final appearance on the writers' ballot, even with Rickey Henderson becoming eligible for the first time.

Rice led the AL in home runs three times (1977, 1978, 1983), in RBI twice (1978, 1983), in slugging percentage twice (1977, 1978), and in total bases four times (1977-1979, 1983). He also picked up Silver Slugger awards in 1983 and 1984 (the award was created in 1980). Rice hit at least 39 home runs in a season four times, had eight 100 RBI seasons, four seasons with 200+ hits and batted over .300 seven times. He finished his 16-year career with a .298 batting average, 382 home runs (52nd best of all-time), 1451 RBIs (51st), 1249 runs scored, 2452 hits (91st), and 4129 total bases (61st). He was an American League All-Star eight times (1977-1980, 1983-1986). In addition to winning the American League MVP award in 1978, he finished in the top 5 in MVP voting five other times (1975, 1977, 1979, 1983, 1986).
Rice is the only player in major league history to record over 200 hits and at the same time having 39 or more HRs for three consecutive years. He is tied for the American League record of leading the league in total bases for three straight seasons, and was one of three A.L. players to have three straight seasons of hitting at least 39 home runs while batting .315 or higher. According to the web site, Rice ranked among the league leaders in various batting categories more than 100 times during his career. From 1975 to 1986, Rice led the American League in total games played, at-bats, runs scored, hits, homers, RBIs, slugging percentage, total bases, extra-base hits, go-ahead RBIs, multi-hit games, and outfield assists., .

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Barry Bonds Topps 2007 #661and Hit Parade

This is my latest Ebay purchase. Not that I am a big Barry Bonds fan, but I am a fan. I was a really big fan of his dad. When I was fifteen I had a Bobby Bonds glove.

Friday, January 4, 2008

Bill Ripken Error Card.

Shortly after Fleer released its set of 1989 baseball trading cards, collectors noticed something unusual about the card featuring Bill Ripken: letters printed in black marker on the knob of his bat. The letters were easily readable upon close examination, and they clearly spelled out the phrase "F-CK FACE." After the discovery became public, subsequent printings of the card were issued with the offending words covered up various ways: first hidden under a blob of White Out, then scribbled over with a marking pen, and finally covered by a black square. Both the original card and many of the corrected versions have become collector's items as a result. There are at least ten different variations of this card. The card shown here is my card that I bought in 1990 .
Something a little extra about Billy!!!!!!!!!!
While Cal is found extensively in baseball's record book, Bill Ripken owns a baseball record all to himself. On June 12, 1997, Bill was playing SS for the Texas Rangers against the San Francisco Giants in the first regular season interleague game in baseball history. In the bottom of the second inning, he singled with Damon Buford on second and collected the first RBI in MLB interleague play history!

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Alex Gordon Goudey

Hi everbody
Hope everyone had a Happy New Year!
Man, I had a great Christmas!
I got this 2007 Goudey Upper Deck Alex Gordon Rookie from Dave at Indians Baseball Cards always.

The back of the card say's this;
"Alex Gordon"
"Formerly a standout third baseman at the University of Nebraska, Gordon was regared as one of the top-collegiate players in the nation.
The left-hander looks to become the offensive weapon of the future in Kansas City and has already drawn comparison to George Brett."