Friday, February 7, 2014

#298 Chris Getz

More randomization.

#298 Chris Getz
First impression of what’s going on: Pretty simple here. Looks like Getz is turning two. Some sketchy tactics by the base runner trying to break it up. As an above average fielder, I played quite a bit of middle infield growing up, until being left handed and my below average height caught up to me in high school. Luckily, there weren't very opportunities to turn two so my shins, ankles and groin remained intact. Looks like Getz got just enough air to avoid any serious mishaps.

Kansas City Royals second baseman Chris Getz (17) forces out Detroit Tigers' Andy Dirks (12) at second and completes a double play on Torii Hunter at first in the fifth inning at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, Monday, June 10, 2013. (John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/MCT via Getty Images)

The Reality of the Photo: The caption says the double play was completed, but early on I have trust issues. With both Getty and Topps so I will definitely follow up with the BOXSCORE.

The Royals pulled out a squeaker here. Did the double play squash a potentially game winning rally? (Even if was only the fifth…)

Nah not really, just the second batter of the inning after a leadoff single.  Maybe, but I guess we’ll never know.

On to the back:

Rookie Fact: Chris’ seven errors in 2009 were fewest of regular AL second basemen.

My skepticism ran a little high here. I have trust issues. I went over to FanGraphs and ran a chart of American League second baseman from 2009.

Placido Polanco, Dustin Pedroia and Mark Ellis all had fewer errors than Getz as regular second basemen. Ugh. Why do I have to keep digging deeper?

Information I’ll be tracking:

Card Number: #298
Player Name: Chris Getz
Team: Kansas City Royals
Position: Second Base
Game Date: June 10, 2013
Opponent: Detroit Tigers
Stadium: Kauffman Stadium
Division: American League Central
Home/Away: Home
Outcome of the game: 3-2, Royals over the Tigers, Win for the player depicted
Alternate/Throwback Jersey: No
Bats/Throws: Left/Right
Birthdate: 8/30/1983
Birthplace: Michigan
Cameos by: N/A
Photographer: Kansas City Star
Niche collections this card could fit into: Double Play, Cameo

My Grade: I’m torn on this one. These inaccurate blurbs/rookie facts are getting annoying. But I really like the photo. Good crop, good action. Getz is up in the air. The play was made. There aren't too many niches this fits into but I’m still going to give it a B anyway because I think more people are interested in the fronts of cards than the backs. Still no excuse for bad facts though.


  1. I can't believe some of the inaccuracies you're finding on the back with the "rookie facts".

    I don't know if I would even consider Getz a regular at second base, because he didn't even play 66% of the innings.

    But when Topps says he has the fewest errors you don't expect it to be the 4th fewest. What a bummer. The "rookie facts" were cool, when I knew they were true. Now they're just turning out to be a big bummer.

  2. Let's be honest, you can't blame Topps for Chris Getz sucking, Chris Getz just sucks. There's not a single positive thing to say about Getz so they had to make one up.