So far there have been two no hitters thrown this season. One from Francisco Liriano and a second from Justin Verlander. Following Verlander’s no hitter, there were two near no hitters thrown by Anibal Sanchez and Jonathan Sanchez.
First off, I have to send out a pat on the back to Verlander who remains to be one of the elite pitchers in the American League. The apathy shown to collecting his cards has always had me scratching my head. Here is a guy selected in the first round of the 2004 draft. He was selected second overall. He was a Minor League Player of the Year, the AL Rookie of the year in 2006, and even had an All Star appearance in his first two years.
What more can he offer? Oh yeah, how about two no-hitters? Still the guy gets no love from the collectors. I need feedback on this because i have no idea why he isn’t collected more. At first I toss it up to the hitter versus pitcher phenomena where hitters are worth more inherently. Or maybe that he is in Detroit, but Hosmer is in KC and his cards are going crazy.
As for the Sanchezes’, I was always a fan of Anibal ever since he was a rookie. His cards have always been dollar feeders but to be honest I can understand it because of his medical history. I mean he was injured quite a few times between his rookie season and now. With Jonathan, he knows how to ring them up and sit them down, but he lets up lots of walks and lots of runs. If he could become a more efficient pitcher and use his pitch count more wisely he could become an elite pitcher. Until then, check out the dollar bin for his autographs as well.