December 11, 2010

Plausible, Ridiculous, or WTF?

Welcome to "Plausible, Ridiculous, or WTF!" in which we take a look at some of 2010 Topps Legendary Lineage cards and see if the comparisons between the two players are plausible, ridiculous, or simply WTF?!?

#LL-50 Tris Speaker/Jacoby Ellsbury

Answer: WTF!

With Jacoby's last season performance, this comparison went from Ridiculous to WTF! Now, if the comparison was Vince Coleman/Jacoby Ellsbury that is a Legendary Linage I could call Plausible.

#LL-14 Warren Spahn/Tommy Hanson

Answer: Ridiculous

For this one we are currently on a Ridiculous plateau and possibly beginning a slide toward WTF? Sure Spahn did have some losing seasons but Hanson is going to need to have quite a few 20 wins season before he could really be in the same breath as Warren.

#LL-47 Frank Robinson/Ryan Braun


Answer: Plausible

Frank played 21 seasons and Ryan will be entering his fifth in 2011 but over the 162 game stats average the two are very similar:

Frank: .294 BA 170 hits 35 HR 105 RBI .389 OBA
Ryan: .307 BA 199 hits 36 HR 118 RBI .364 OBA

#LL-56 Brooks Robinson/Ryan Zimmerman

Answer: Plausible

Ryan has Brooks beat with the offensive numbers but Ryan has a long, long, long way to go to reach Brooks' 16 Gold Gloves [that's 16 IN A ROW, btw]. Ryan won the Gold Glove in 2009 but lost it to Scott Rolen this season.

#LL-5 Ty Cobb/Curtis Granderson


Answer: WTF!

You know, some of these things are just plain crazy. A Ty Cobb/Ichiro card gets a strong "Plausible." Adding up Ichiro's Japanese and American hits he's almost at Cobb's mark. But Curtis Granderson? Child, please!

#LL-37 Jackie Robinson/Ichiro

Answer: Plausible

If anything, this is the one comparison where the pictures might be reversed.

#LL-41 Jimmie Foxx/Prince Fielder

Answer: On nicknames alone, this would be a WTF! "Double X" versus "The Fattest Vegetarian Ever"...there isn't even a debate there. But on offensive numbers alone things get a lot closer to Plausible.

Jimmie: .325 BA 185 hits 37 HR 134 RBIs .609 Slugging
Prince: .279 BA 164 hits 37 HR 104 RBIs .535 Slugging


#LL-61 Dave Winfield/Jason Heyward

Answer: Ridiculous

One season is not enough time and however great Jason Heyward is as an athlete he's no Dave Winfield who was drafted by the Padres, Vikings, and Atlanta Hawks.
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