Tuesday, September 30, 2014

2014 Spirit Base: 531-540

#531 - Jimmy Rollins
Rollins is a free agent after the 2015 season. I wonder if he'll have a good contract year and the Yankees will throw a bunch of money at him, even though he'll be 37.

#532 - Jeff Locke
Have you heard this story about one of Locke's childhood "friends"? It's kinda fascinating and pretty alarming.

#533 - Allen Craig
Craig had a bummer of a 2014. Maybe a long offseason will help him turn it around next year.

#534 - Will Venable
I'm kinda bummed that one of his eyes is covered up by his glove but I had to use this photo anyway. Cool shot.

#535 - Tim Hudson
I really hope Hudson's late-season turd impression was just a result of him being a little worn out. The Giants have the least reliable rotation of the playoff teams unless all the old guys magically get right now that the regular season is over.

#536 - Tom Wilhelmsen
The Mariners came close but didn't quite make the postseason. I'm sure this offseason will be one of the most optimistic their fans have had in a long time.

#537 - Yunel Escobar
Maybe it's the anonymity of playing in Tampa, but I haven't heard anything negative about Escobar since he joined the Rays. I guess he grew up a little bit?

#538 - Kevin Kouzmanoff
Kouzmanoff only played in 13 games for the Rangers this season but he made such a splash I had to give him a card here. He actually won a Player of the Week award during his short renaissance.

#539 -  Drew Hutchinson
Hutchinson had an encouraging 2014 campaign after missing all of 2013 for Tommy John surgery.

#540 - Scott Hairston
Hairston finished the season below the Mendoza Line and struck out in a third of his at-bats. Still, he gets a card.

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