Yesterday the Red Sox clinched the AL East for the second consecutive season, the first time they've won back to back division titles since divisions came into existence. Seems like an appropriate time to post one of the best Xander Bogaerts cards that I've acquired to date:
Xander did have a down year personally, suffering from one or two prolonged slumps over the course of the season. It wasn't as poor as you might think at first glance though. He still appeared in 145 games at shortstop, holding down the position for the third straight year after the stupid third base experiment during his rookie season.
Bogaerts finished the year at .273 which, while not exactly stellar, is only 10 points off his career average to date. That number doesn't look so bad either when you factor in his 55 walks for a .343 on-base percentage. While his home run numbers were down in a year where seemingly everyone else's were up, power has never been his strong suit anyway. He did still manage to top the 30 doubles plateau for the third season in a row, not bad from your shortstop. All of that and he just turned 25 years old today!
The Joy of a Completed Insert Set - 2002 Topps Hobby Masters - Since 2006, in addition to the Topps Flagship base sets, I have been collecting most of the insert sets as well. I little while back I decided to fill som...