Here's a photo of six former Peoria Chiefs. Joe Girardi started his professional career in Peoria way back in 1986. Earl Cunningham was the #1 draft pick in 1989, spent parts of four seasons in Peoria, and his claim to fame was once being the franchise leader in career strikeouts. Ugh.
Jeremy Papelbon as Jonathan's younger brother. Sam Fuld is the only one of the bottom three who carved out any semblance of a career in MLB.
Lot's of talent and personalities within the next group of six.
Guys who had HIGH ceilings but just couldn't meet expectations:
Corey Patterson was supposed to be the goods and in the midst of his breakout season tore an ACL in his way to first base. He never reached those heights again. Hee Seop Choi was flipped for Derrek Lee and then shortly thereafter fell off MLB's radar. Man, Cubs prospects were kind of depressing until Theo came to town.
my collection. Very nice.
The Bowman Heritage card of Kerry Wood is the 542nd addition to my Kid K player collection.
Both of these Billy Williams cards are new additions as well.
Someday I will complete one of those Triumvirate puzzles. That'll be a good day. Actually, maybe this is the one I'm missing?
Julie tossed in plenty of current Cubs, too.
I was a pitcher in college, but I still enjoy a good longball as much as the next guy
Changing gears and going back to 1988 . . . that's when I discovered baseball cards and started collecting. The next summer the Cubs had a formidable lineup of Grace, Sandberg, Dawson, Dunston and two promising rookies in Jerome Walton and Dwight Smith.
Okay, enough reminiscing... back to present! Boom! VOGELMONSTER POWER!
Thanks for the sweet package, Julie! I'll look to repay the favor shortly!