#25 Jon Matlack
#26 Rich Hebner
#27 Geoff Zahn
#28 Ed Ott
#29 Bob Lacey
#30 George Hendrick
Good: The brown and orange on the Padres cards (see Hendrick's) are great. In fact, these are the same colors that Topps used for the 1988 Padres cards. It worked well both times. And the Phillies are yet another team with hot pink and green, and yet it works OK for them since it very roughly matches sorta their team colors.
Bad: Notice how large the "A" in "A's" is on Lacey's card. Topps altered the size of the font for the team name based on how long each name was. That "A" is ridiculously large and loopy. I never understood why the nickname "A's" was used on so many cards instead of the team's full name. We don't see cards with "BoSox", "Phils", "Yanks", "Brew Crew" or anything like that. Why "A's" then?
Good: The Hendrick photo is clearly the winner here. There is unbelievable color unity on the card with more browns and oranges in the background. Even the yellow "D" on Hendrick's T-shirt (surely part of "PADRES") matches the yellow on his cap.
Hebner's photo is casual but also nice.
Bad: The Lacey card is just awful. Miles and miles of blue sky are nice when there is some blue on the card. The godawful pink border, green letters, blue sky, yellow jersey...it's like a puke rainbow.
I'm sort of torn on the Ott photo. I like it, just wish his eyes weren't quite so shadowy.
Ed Ott had a career OPS+ of just 86 but once had 10 total bases in a game. The Pirates won that game 3-1, with two solo homers by Ott sandwiching a steal of home by Scrap Iron.
Matlack was robbed by pitching for mostly bad teams. Among pitchers with at least 2000 IP and a W-L% below .505, he has the 3rd-best ERA+ since 1901. His neutralized stats are 146 wins and 113 losses, for a .564 W-L% compared to his actual figure of .498. Wow.
Hebner had 1 game with 2 triples.
Zahn was a good pitcher but gave up a bunch of homers. Look who leads the pack: Baylor, McRae, Murray, and Zisk.
Hendrick is often overlooked as a top power hitter in the game. From 1973 to 1983, 19 guys had at least 200 homers and an OPS+ of 120. The list is a who's who of power hitters from that era, and it includes Hendrick.
Hall of Famers: 8
Future managers: 4
Fathers and sons of major leaguers: 4
Loyalty counter: 2
Rookies of the Year: 4
(+1 for Matlack)
Total all-star appearances: 126
(+3 for Matlack, +4 for Hendrick)
Total MVP awards: 4
Total Cy Young awards: 1