Retro Jays Cards

Baseball cards helped me fall in love with the game and the Blue Jays. Over a couple of decades I have spent way too much time, and probably money, collecting memories of my baseball fandom. This is a place to wallow in nostalgia for cheap pieces of cardboard and the players on them.

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Chad Ricketts, 2002 Topps Total, #765

With all the hype around Brett Lawrie, I thought it might be worth looking back at a Canadian born prospect for the Jays who did not end up panning out. Born in Waterloo, ON, Chad Ricketts was one of J.P. Ricciardi’s first acquisitions as GM. In exchange for Ricketts and Luke Prokopec, another young pitching prospect, the Jays sent Paul Quantrill and a young Cesar Izturis to the Dodgers. In hindsight, not the best trade, but it was made in the “dump salary” portion of Ricciardi’s mythical master plan.

Prokopec pitched one brutal season for the Blue Jays before flaming out of the big leagues. As for Ricketts, an injury derailed what was thought to be a promising career and he never pitched a big league game. While the prospect hype machine in 2002 was not what it is now, there was some push by fans to label him a key part of the Jays pitching future, but it never came together. Currently he is apparently a baseball instructor in Indiana, and based on his photo on their website he is pretty happy about it.

  1. acaryamjr reblogged this from retrojayscards and added:
    Once again… any relation I wonder?
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