Friday, September 20, 2013

Airbrushed Fridays: 2010 Topps Update #US-129

Every lineup has a hole.

Who is this week's victim, and why do we care? Gregor Blanco is an outfielder whose stats don't exactly jump off the page at you. He's fast and rangy if his Topps card is to be believed, but he's very limited offensively. He's not a full time starter, but he still gets his 400 ABs or so a year, which makes me wonder if there's something about his game that I'm not seeing. Clubhouse leader. Gritty. Intangibles. Stuff like that. That must be it.

Why is this a thing? Blanco made his major league debut in Atlanta when the Great Jordan Schafer Era collapsed before it got started. Atlanta needed pitching help at the trade deadline in 2010, and Blanco was off to Kansas City along with Rick Ankiel and Kyle Farnsworth. Blanco didn't spend a lot of time in KC, but he resurfaced after a year out of the bigs with the Giants, just in time to get a ring.

Airbrushed Fridays is a weekly feature as the name seems to imply. If you know of a card with an altered photograph that you'd like to see featured, please contact me. You probably won't win anything other than a sub-replacement level outfielder, but you never know!

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