Thursday, April 22, 2010

Bat knobs

I got a lot of 1990 Topps Traded in the Dollar Tree packs, and two of them had some interesting (and G-rated!) bat knobs.

Here's Matt Nokes wielding a #33 bat. Nokes wore #38 in his Yankee tenure; pitcher Eric Plunk wore #33. So was Nokes using an Eric Plunk bat? No! He wore #33 with the Tigers, so this bat must go back to his Detroit time. That's one of the things you don't think about when a trade happens - will a player have to change the number on his bat? I guess because he was traded to a team whose pitcher wore #33, Nokes didn't have to.

Here's Junior Ortiz, one of the first players to wear #0. The bat clearly says #55! Paul Sorrento wore #55 for Minnesota in both 1989 and 1990, so Ortiz must have borrowed a Sorrento bat.

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