Friday, December 14, 2012
Airbrushed Fridays: 2007 Topps #107
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Who is this week's victim, and why do we care? Rafael Soriano is one of the top relievers in the game. He's also an example of the wide gap between closers and non-closers that exists in baseball. He was relatively unheralded (but decently paid, I suppose) until Mariano Rivera went down with a freakish season-ending injury last spring. Suddenly, he's the team's closer and shutting down fools like it was 2010 again. After finally "proving" himself by maintaining a closer role for the better part of three out of the last four seasons, he's being pushed out the door for someone born in the '60s. I can't blame the Yankees for keeping Mo around, of course, but this team (Ichiro, Youkilis, Jeter, A-Rod's withered corpse) is going to be hilarible to watch next year.
Why does this card exist? Soriano was brutally hit in the head by a comebacker in 2006 in what would prove to be his final season with the Seattle Mariners. Atlanta took a flyer on him, not knowing if he'd ever be the same. He ended up being pretty effective as a mostly non-closer. Of course, Soriano was nowhere near a major league uniform when this set was being put together, which explains his non-Braves-ness.
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