Another Topps printing plate success. Crisp is one of my favorite players in the American League, in no small part because he is the rare player that had success with both the Indians and Athletics.
In case you did not know: Crisp was traded by the Cardinals to the Indians in 2002 during the Indians rebuild, with the Tribe giving up Chuck Finley. Crisp would get 127 at bats with Cleveland in the 2002 season, and from 2003 to 2005 be the teams starting center fielder.
In 2006 the Tribe traded Crisp away along with c Josh Bard and rp David Riske for 3b Andy Marte, rp Guillermo Mota, c Kelly Shoppach. I was not really thrilled with the trade then, and it did not really pan out in the long run either. Marte was one of the biggest prospects in baseball, and the Indians had a hole at third base…but Marte never developed.
Crisp signed as a Free Agent with Oakland and has not looked back. He has been a fixture in the teams outfield, and one of the big reasons they are as competitive as they are.
Very cool card that I got done. Wish he would have signed it a little higher, but I am not complaining!
|162 Game Avg.||612||167||14||67||35||9||55||87||.272||.330||.742||99|
|OAK (5 yrs)||1801||477||50||206||143||21||182||246||.265||.329||.748||108|
|CLE (4 yrs)||1626||467||35||176||54||29||114||220||.287||.332||.756||102|