This guy had a pretty solid career, but was generally a pretty average player except for his 2001 season playing for the Giants. Sounds good.
Always liked Cliff Floyd, but 2001 was a good year for the former Expos and Marlins star. More on Cliff later.
Who would have thought Juan Uribe could run?
Ummm. Nothing to see here.
Batting Average-Frank Catalanotto
Guy played 14 years on a lot of different teams, but had a .290 career average with an OBP over .350. Solid.
Slugging- Luis Gonzalez
Everyone's favorite fourth outfielder turned mid thirties home run hitter not named Brady Anderson.
Stolen Bases- Mark McLemore
Veteran utility guy. Decent player, but I do not remember him being this fast. He only stole 33 bases to get into the Top 10, but still...
Cliff is all over this set. He had a great 2001 season with more than 30 home runs, 100 RBIs, and a .317/.390/.578 line for an OPS of .968. Cliff's OPS+ was 150. Topps should make a reprint of his rookie card soon. Purple shorts, paisley shirt, dunking a baseball.
Stirkeout Ratio Leaders-Fernando Vina
Tough call between Fernando and Placido Polanco. Vina was good in 2001 for the Cardinals.
All-Star Votes-John Olerud
The Mariners hosted the All-Star game. It's important for the hometown fans to stuff the ballot box. John Olerud being a top ten vote getter is winning when your fans are stuffing the ballot box.
All-Star Appearances- Barry Larkin
Larkin was no spring chicken when this card was made, but he was already second? Consider the fact that Ozzie Smith and Barry Larkin's career overlapped from 1986 through 1996, so the NL shortstops were Ozzie and somebody...Not that Ozzie was always deserving, but still. Good job Barry.
Rookie of the Year Votes- Shinjo
Shinjo did not actually get a ROY vote, but only nine players received votes. So, here's Shinjo.
Strikeouts- Hideo Nomo
Good bounce back year for Nomo. I think he had a couple of them during his career.
His pitching style was inspired by his love of bowling. Seriously.
Saves- Kaz Sasaki
What happened to this guy? Where did he go? Kaz saved 146 games in 4 years and disappeared at age 35.
Outfield Assists- Jeromy Burnitz
I like Jeromy Burnitz. Anyone who has that big of a swing is pretty cool. Apparently he could throw the ball too.
Most Gold Gloves- Larry Walker
Really good defensive outfielder, probably not flying under anyone's radar. Better than Omar "Broom Closet" Vizquel
Prospects- Noochie Varner
The ten prospects are all missable, but Noochie is a cool name. Congrats.
The Topps Ten set also has some incredibly awesome jersey and autograph cards.