Friday, September 25, 2015

Airbrushed Fridays: 2015 Topps #384

A season of disappointment in the Emerald City.

Who is he? Justin Ruggiano is a journeyman outfielder who, mostly as a reserve, has spent parts of 7 seasons in the majors with 5 different teams. Ruggiano was drafted by the Dodgers but broke into the bigs with Tampa Bay. Although he appeared in the World Series, he never really cracked the Rays lineup and ended up with the Marlins (by way of Houston) in 2012. The following year in Miami was the closest he came to a full season's worth of appearances, but he was off to the Cubs in 2014.

How did he get here? Ruggiano found himself on the other side of another exchange for a minor leaguer late last December when Seattle came calling. After a relatively strong showing the previous season, Ruggiano wasn't used much in Seattle and didn't perform all that well. The Dodgers became the latest team to acquire him at the deadline, and he's done well there so far (small sample size alert).

Repeat offender? No

Other versions of this card: None, but here's the original photo --

Airbrushed Score: 10

Comments: This is an atrocity. Does this look at all like Seattle's dark jersey? Does that even look like a '2'? It's funny, because you can still see Ruggiano's old Cubs jersey number (20) on the knob of his bat.

1 comment :

  1. cant believe he is still around, i remember him as being one the the few rookie logo card in 2008 Bowman and Topps


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