Monday, August 17, 2020

2020 Topps Now - Keibert's Debut and Negro Leagues Anniversary - #114 & #116

Is Keibert Ruiz the future at catcher for the Dodgers?

Only time will tell, but for the moment he is the cat's meow. Yesterday afternoon he collecting his first career hit by whacking a solo home run in his first career at-bat. Hilariously, his teammates decided to have a little fun with him afterwards. Per Ken Gurnick at
Dugout ribbing about how “baseball's easy” could barely wait until Ruiz finished his first home run trot.
“They also said it’s downhill from here,” said manager Dave Roberts. “The irony is that the hitting guys have really been working with Keibert on getting backspin from the pull side, and that’s exactly what he did and he’ll have the memory forever.”
 Go here to check out the card and order. Below is what's written on the back of the car:
Playing for a Dodger franchise deep rooted in prospect development, Keibert continued to add to that history during his MLB debut Sunday afternoon. The 22-year-old catcher from Valencia, Venezuela, who was catching fellow 22-year-old starter Dustin May, stepped to the plate in the top of the third and with one swing became the fist Dodger player to homer in his first at-bat since Garey Ingram in 1994. Ruiz's solo blast tied the game 1-1 and was one of four LA home runs in what would be a 8-3 win over the Angels.
In addition to the Ruiz card Topps has also released a card celebrating yesterday's 100th anniversary of the formation of Negro Leagues, and it includes Hall of Fame Dodger Jackie Robinson. See it below. Go here to check it out and order.

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    1. I agree, a fun card. Heck, they should've made several different ones -- like a card for each of the original Negro League teams and pair it with a current ballplayer who plays in the same city (or nearby city).


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