Friday, November 28, 2014

Airbrushed Fridays: 2014 Topps #646

Take a break from buying things to check out this Photoshopped thing.

Who is he? For the second straight week, we have a former Cardinal on a 2014 Topps Series 2 card. Haren was a one-time pitching prospect with St. Louis and was at the heart of the deal that brought Mark Mulder over from Oakland. While Haren began to develop in the Bay Area, Mulder struggled to figure out where his arm should be when he threw the ball and quickly found out that his MLB days were numbered. After his first All-Star appearance, Haren was part of a big prospect swap with Arizona that returned Carlos Gonzalez among others. (CarGo was flipped again when Oakland acquired Matt Holliday, who the Cardinals eventually snagged for spare parts. Weird.)

How did he get here? Haren's best years were with the Diamondbacks, but he's bounced around with limited success ever since, with stops in Anaheim, Washington, and now Los Angeles. The Dodgers signed him to a two year deal last offseason despite the fact that he's essentially been a league average starting pitcher for multiple seasons now.

Repeat offender? No

Other versions of this card: None, but here's the source image.

Airbrushed Score: 9

Comments: Does anyone have any idea why Haren is wearing #11 in this photo? He wears #14 with the Dodgers and previously wore #15. This is both awful and mysterious.

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