New Arrival: Jose Cruz Jr, of, Seattle Mariners

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Jose Cruz, jr., IC, signed in blue

There will always be a special place in my heart of Jose Cruz Jr.

Back in 1997 baseball was fully recovered from the strike, and so baseball cards were also getting a healthy bump in popularity. Topps had, by this time, transitioned Bowman into “home of the rookie card”, so people were going nuts for singles since everyone wanted the next big rookie card. Jose Cruz and Travis Lee were, for a while, those cards.

Cruz was a 1st Round Pick, and was also seen as the the next Griffey–they played on the same 1997 Mariners teams. That is a recipe for popularity, and collectors were going nuts. I paid $20 for my ’97 Bowman Cruz, which I still have.

Cruz never really had the career that people that that he would…but that is not to say it was a bad one.

He would spend 12 years in the majors, going .247/.337/.445 with 204 HR. He never was an All-Star, though did win a Gold Glove in 2003. His best season was 2001, when he went .274/.326/.530 with 34 HR and 32 stolen bases. Very impressive. He would crack 30 HR twice (2000, 2001), and have nine seasons of at least 10.

Year Age Tm Lg G AB HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ Awards
1997 23 TOT AL 104 395 26 68 7 2 41 117 .248 .315 .499 .814 110 RoY-2
1998 24 TOR AL 105 352 11 42 11 4 57 99 .253 .354 .403 .757 98
1999 25 TOR AL 106 349 14 45 14 4 64 91 .241 .358 .433 .791 101
2000 26 TOR AL 162 603 31 76 15 5 71 129 .242 .323 .466 .789 95
2001 27 TOR AL 146 577 34 88 32 5 45 138 .274 .326 .530 .857 119
2002 28 TOR AL 124 466 18 70 7 1 51 106 .245 .317 .438 .754 95
2003 29 SFG NL 158 539 20 68 5 8 102 121 .250 .366 .414 .779 104 GG
2004 30 TBD AL 153 545 21 78 11 6 76 117 .242 .333 .433 .766 101
2005 31 TOT MLB 115 370 18 50 0 2 66 101 .251 .364 .473 .837 117
2006 32 LAD NL 86 223 5 17 5 1 43 54 .233 .353 .381 .734 88
2007 33 SDP NL 91 256 6 21 6 1 31 65 .234 .316 .375 .691 86
2008 34 HOU NL 38 49 0 1 0 0 11 9 .122 .283 .143 .426 19
12 Yrs 1388 4724 204 624 113 39 658 1147 .247 .337 .445 .783 102
162 Game Avg. 162 551 24 73 13 5 77 134 .247 .337 .445 .783 102
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 10/15/2016.
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