Sunday, August 12, 2012

Custom Cards: 94 Ultra Firemen Craig Kimbrel

One of the problems with the overabundance of insert cards from the mid-90s to mid 2000s is that it makes it hard to come up with ideas for creating an original card set. On the other hand, it is also a blessing because it provides plenty of fodder for customizing cards.

Prior to creating the Georgia Taters set, I thought about coming up with a "Firemen" set for closers.  I soon discovered that one of the companies had beat me to the idea. That's okay- I can still create a custom card from this Fleer Ultra set released in 1994. 

  Is there a closer today who better defines 'fireman' than Craig Kimbrel? I guess one could make an argument for Aroldis Chapman, but Kimbrel's my guy. In his last 29 games, the Braves closer has thrown 29 innings, striking out 52 batters and walking only one. The AJC's David O'Brien reports that during the same period, Craig has struck out at least two batters in eighteen of those appearances, gone over twenty pitches in an inning only once, and struck out the side on fewer than thirteen pitches four different times. 

  Heading into the last month and a half of the season, it looks like R.A.Dickey is the favorite for the NL Cy Young award, and rightfully so, but I think it's a safe bet to say that should Kimbrel continue his dominance, he will get at least a few votes.

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