Friday, July 25, 2014

Airbrushed Fridays: 2014 Topps #431

Why do baseball players wear those miniature jumpropes around their necks, anyway?

Who is he? Brett Anderson is a former second round draft pick with the Diamondbacks who was involved in the massive Dan Haren/Carlos Gonzalez trade back in 2007. The former Olympian hurler broke into the bigs in 2009 with Oakland and spent his entire career there until a trade this past offseason.

How did he get here? Anderson had a rough 2013 season and had battled injuries throughout much of his career. Oakland sent him to the Rockies for Drew Pomeranz and a minor leaguer. Anderson will make just his 6th start of the season tonight with Colorado as they face the Pirates.

Repeat offender? No

Other versions of this card: None, but you could probably search Getty Images to find the original photo before it was Photoshopped.

Airbrushed Score: 5

Comments: At one point, didn't Series 2 mean players who swapped teams in their new uniforms? Now it just seems to be mean players Photoshopped into their new uniforms and some guys who were intentionally held out of Series 1 so that the whole set isn't relievers, utility infielders and organizational roster filler.

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