Brad Emaus' 2011 Bowman Platinum card
Earlier this summer, Topps put out a set called Bowman Platinum. It’s basically an upscale version of the regular Bowman set, with a mix of major league stars and a handful of rookies along with a bunch of prospects. I opted to pass on it, because I’m trying to limit my baseball card purchases to the major sets that manage to include a decent percentage of the guys on the team.
Sean from Condition:Poor made me reconsider Bowman Platinum when he showed a scan of Brad Emaus‘ card. Since I forgot that Emaus also had a card in Topps Series II, I decided to get the Bowman Platinum Mets cards after all.
In addition to Emaus, the set includes four other Mets:
David Wright, Jose Reyes, Johan Santana and Ike Davis. (If you need any of them, let me know – I have at least one extra of everyone but Reyes.)
Here’s the checklist, plus the prospect “inserts” that I did not bother to get:
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This lineup card won't be seen at Citi Field again - unless it's in the gift shop. (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)
After 14 games and 42 plate appearances, the
Brad Emaus experiment is over.
Mets designated the 25-year-old second baseman for assignment today, and he is likely to return to the Toronto Blue Jays organization if another team fails to claim him when he is placed on waivers.
Emaus had not enjoyed much success in the majors – he was hitting .162 with a .262 on-base percentage at the time of the move, and his defense had been unspectacular.
Still, I find the timing of the move puzzling. Where was the harm in letting Emaus have at least 100 at-bats to adjust to his first exposure to major league pitching?
I don’t believe the Mets should be worrying about the playoffs in 2011, so why not take the time to be sure about a young player like Emaus before giving up on him?
To take Emaus’ place on the roster, the Mets recalled Justin Turner from Buffalo.
Adam Rubin reports that Terry Collins will platoon Turner and Daniel Murphy at second – at least for now. And there’s nothing wrong with that — provided that they get more of an opportunity to showcase their skills that Emaus did.
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