I decided to bring the website back to basics.  What I had originally thought about when I decided to blog over 2 years ago, was to celebrate mediocrity.  The best way to kick this back to basics is to award the best mediocre players of the past week, one batter and one pitcher.

The mediocre pitcher of the week has to go to Brian Burres.  The Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher pitched a great game last week.  He went 7 innings, giving up 3 hits, 3 walks and 4 strikeouts.  He has now pitched 12.1 innings without allowing a run.  One of the very few Pirates starters that has actually pitched well this season.  Burres has been a vagabond over the past few years, pitching with the Orioles, Blue Jays and now the Pirates.  He has been up in the majors since 2006, but has yet to make an impact with any team.  Is this the beginning for Burres?  Or merely a blip on the radar before being shipped back to the minors or off to another team?

The mediocre batter of the week is Scott Hairston.  Scott went 5 for 18 with 3 home runs, 5 RBIs, 6 runs, and 2 stolen bases.  Hairston is yet another guy who has moved around a bit since breaking in the majors in 2004 with the Diamondbacks.  He then went on to a part time player with the Padres, the A’s and now again with the Padres.  He is probably always going to be a role player but this week, he had a career week.

As for their hobby value, most of their autographed cards run between $1 – $2.50.  They really aren’t worth more than $1 to be honest with you, but as this week’s heroes, why not go out and nab one of their autographed cards?  They may never be superstars but to someone, they both are heroes.  Here’s to the underdogs!

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2 responses »

  1. Dion Soskin says:

    I think I would have went with Dallas Braden sub .500 pitcher and like 6 years in the minors throws a perfecto attaboy to Dallas!!!!

  2. todduncommon says:

    Wow. I guess that just goes to show that there’s an autograph card of every player, somewhere in the hobby, over the past ten years or so. I would’ve guess the Hairston, but not the Burres.

    Found this interesting; good idea for a regular feature. Keep it up!

    (May I suggest that you could use 2008 UD Documentary Seasonal Signatures as source material? Very plentiful, and although I like the design and collect it, it is mediocrity celebrated to the extreme).

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