Signature Series: a thread

Who do you all think should have had a signature series card? Or at least some form of higher diamond card?

My picks:
Ben Zobrist
Matt Kemp
Mookie Betts
Fred McGriff
Kenny Lofton
Jason Giambi
Alan Trammell
Eric Davis

...who SHOULDNT have had one:
Garrett Anderson
Justin Upton
Tommy John
Aubrey Huff
Brandon Phillips
Russell Martin

Maybe I'm in the minority on this, but I honestly don't care that guys like Brandon Phillips get SS, they are fan favorites, (Though, he is not for me personally being a Cardinal fan lol) and then there are cool stories like Tommy John.
If I had to pick someone to get a higher card though, it'd probably be Mookie Betts.

Also fun fact, Brandon Phillips, Garrett Anderson, Tommy John, Justin Upton, Russell Martin all have a higher career WAR then Matt Kemp who is on your "should get one list", only Huff is lower.

Martin definitely deserved one

I swear I'm not saying this because I have obscenely good stats with him and he has 0 requirement of squaring up the ball to hit it hard, I promise

Zobrist definitely should’ve gotten one. He would’ve been useful for a lot of people’s teams.

He’s the third best player in Rays franchise history, behind Longoria and Crawford. Since we didn’t have Crawford in 19, that means the second best Rays player in the game didn’t get an SS card.

Would've been nice to see a McGriff SS

I was looking forward to a SS Orel Hershiser which for some reason never came.

Trammell probably shouldn't have gotten a SS. His best year outside of SB was '87 which is in game.
I guess you could give him a little more speed and maybe a little better defense. But, is there a noticable difference between a 94 and a 95 of the same guy?

@foge011 said in Signature Series: a thread:

Trammell probably shouldn't have gotten a SS. His best year outside of SB was '87 which is in game.
I guess you could give him a little more speed and maybe a little better defense. But, is there a noticable difference between a 94 and a 95 of the same guy?

Same goes for Eric Davis, 1987 was his best year offensively. A SS card might get a slight speed boost and maybe some fielding, I dont know what metrics they use so I didnt look. But a SS card wouldn't look much different than his 87 AS card.

Mookie? This would suggest that Bryce Harper is also deserving, being of similar age and similar experience

Should’ve
Don Mattingly
Jason Giambi
Kenny Lofton
McGriff
Warren Spahn
Eric Davis
Matt Kemp

Shouldn’t have
Huff
Gordon
Burnett
Hafner
Kendall
Keith Hernandez
Garrett Anderson
David Price
Ankiel

@Maverick31762 said in Signature Series: a thread:

Should’ve
Don Mattingly
Jason Giambi
Kenny Lofton
McGriff
Warren Spahn
Eric Davis
Matt Kemp

Shouldn’t have
Huff
Gordon
Burnett
Hafner
Kendall
Keith Hernandez
Garrett Anderson
David Price
Ankiel

You are 100% wrong on Keith Hernandez. He was one of the best First basemen of the 80's.
His numbers are borderline Hall of Fame. He was also the best defensive First baseman of his generation.

His WAR is also higher than Mattingly's and Giambi's
Hernandez 60.4
Mattingly 42.4
Giambi 50.5
Mex's OBP, OPS and OPS+ are also close (or better) to both of them. Defense is not valued in DD at 1st, but his defense was vital. Mattingly was good until his back gave out and Giambi was a defensive liability at first.
Nobody turned a 3-6-3 better than Hernandez.

Not to mention 2 titles, a batting title (not that big a deal now, but in the 80's it was huge) 11 Gold Gloves and 1 MVP.

Should've:
All the Guys I Like

Shouldn't:
All the Guys I Hate

@ItsaCanesthing said in Signature Series: a thread:

@Maverick31762 said in Signature Series: a thread:

Should’ve
Don Mattingly
Jason Giambi
Kenny Lofton
McGriff
Warren Spahn
Eric Davis
Matt Kemp

Shouldn’t have
Huff
Gordon
Burnett
Hafner
Kendall
Keith Hernandez
Garrett Anderson
David Price
Ankiel

You are 100% wrong on Keith Hernandez. He was one of the best First basemen of the 80's.
His numbers are borderline Hall of Fame. He was also the best defensive First baseman of his generation.

His WAR is also higher than Mattingly's and Giambi's
Hernandez 60.4
Mattingly 42.4
Giambi 50.5
Mex's OBP, OPS and OPS+ are also close (or better) to both of them. Defense is not valued in DD at 1st, but his defense was vital. Mattingly was good until his back gave out and Giambi was a defensive liability at first.
Nobody turned a 3-6-3 better than Hernandez.

Not to mention 2 titles, a batting title (not that big a deal now, but in the 80's it was huge) 11 Gold Gloves and 1 MVP.

Did you just say Keith Hernandez is borderline HOF? I don’t think dude has had 3 HOF seasons.

Giambi in his prime wasn’t that much of a defensive liability and there was a thing called the DH to mitigate that.

His higher career WAR was more about longevity. Top 5 seasons of the Giambi, Mattingly and Hernandez. Keith ain’t even close imo

I can only assume you are a Met fan

@Maverick31762 said in Signature Series: a thread:

Should’ve
Don Mattingly
Jason Giambi
Kenny Lofton
McGriff
Warren Spahn
Eric Davis
Matt Kemp

Shouldn’t have
Huff
Gordon
Burnett
Hafner
Kendall
Keith Hernandez
Garrett Anderson
David Price
Ankiel

I'm equal parts proud and astounded that Joe Carter isn't on your list

@LankyRyan said in Signature Series: a thread:

@Maverick31762 said in Signature Series: a thread:

Should’ve
Don Mattingly
Jason Giambi
Kenny Lofton
McGriff
Warren Spahn
Eric Davis
Matt Kemp

Shouldn’t have
Huff
Gordon
Burnett
Hafner
Kendall
Keith Hernandez
Garrett Anderson
David Price
Ankiel

I'm equal parts proud and astounded that Joe Carter isn't on your list

I am not a huge Carter fan. I think there are guys who are worse than him who got SS. I took off some of the guys worse.

Side bar Joe was a good player and a great human. Audrey Huff was a marginal player and a horrible human. Why that dude has a card period is beyond me

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