2019 Clutch Baseball Series 2 Pre-Order Bonuses!

Limited Edition Pre-Order Bonus Cards are one of the most exciting parts of order a new set.  This set’s Pre-Order Bonus is centered around elite pitching, with 3 starters, a reliever, and a killer Stadium.

PRE-ORDERS BEGIN SUNDAY, JUNE 16th at 6:16 PM EST!

 

Limited Edition Pre-Order Bonus Cards are one of the most exciting parts of order a new set.  Earlier this season, we saw names like Jose Canseco, Ozzie Smith, Frank Robinson and Rickey Henderson as pre-order exclusive for Series 1. Quite a few big bats, right? Well, time to balance things out a bit. This set’s Pre-Order Bonus is centered around elite pitching, with 3 starters, a reliever, and a killer Stadium.

Let’s cut to the chase: for Series 2, with any pre-order over $64.99, you’ll receive ALL FIVE of the Pre-Order Bonus Cards! And, just like we did for Series 1, we’re offering 1/1 Spectrum Variants and 1/9 Shadow Variants for ALL FOUR of the Pre-Order player cards. Let’s take a look at who is included…

 

Don Newcombe

In 1956, this Brooklyn hurler led the league in wins. Now, that’s not unusual, someone does it every year. But won twenty-seven games. Eighteen of them were complete games, and five of those were shutouts. He struck out 139 batters, had a 3.06 ERA, and won not only the Cy Young award, but the NL MVP award as well.

 

 

Fergie Jenkins

This 1991 Hall of Fame inductee won 284 career games and had 3,192 career strikeouts. In 1971, Jenkins was dominant. He threw a complete game in 30 of 39 starts and received a decision in 37 of them, finishing with a 24–13 record (.649). He walked only 37 batters versus 263 strikeouts across 325 innings. He played in the All-Star Game and win the NL Cy Young award. He could rake too; Jenkins also posted a .478 slugging percentage, hitting six home runs and driving in twenty runs in just 115 at-bats.

 

 

Pedro Martinez

What can be said about Pedro that hasn’t already been said? Making his second appearance as a Clutch Baseball Limited Edition card, this 1999 season was the stuff of legend, because Martínez became just the 9th modern pitcher to have a second 300-strikeout season. He finished 23–4 with a 2.07 ERA and 313 strikeouts (earning the pitching Triple Crown) in 31 games (29 starts). 🔥

 

 

Rollie Fingers

Taking things to the bullpen now, we turn the game over to one of the greatest relievers of all time. The second reliever ever to be elected to the Hall of Fame, Rollie accumulated 341 saves over his near-20-year career. With the Brewers in 1981, he saved 28 games and finished the year with a 1.04 ERA and 0.872 WHIP, earning him the Reliever of the Year, NL Cy Young, and NL MVP award as well.

 

 

Whiff City

Last season, we took a trip to Dinger Town for the Pre-Order exclusive stadium. This season, we’re attacking things from the other side of the plate in Whiff City. With effects that reward fireball pitching, this stadium (which represents the total number of strikeouts thrown last season) is a must for those killer rotations and lights-out bullpens out there.

 

Remember, these cards will be limited to 70 sets and will ship free with any pre-order of $64.99 and above that includes 2019 Series 2 products.

Pre-Orders go live June 16th at 6:16pm ET (5:16 CT / 4:16 MT / 3:16 PT) at the Clutch Baseball Shop.

2019 Series 2 Insert Previews – Cleveland Legends! (Part 2)

Yesterday, we took a look at five of the greatest Cleveland players of the nineties from an Inserts set that spans nearly a century of Tribe history. Today we’ll work our way back to the very beginning.

Yesterday, we took a look at five of the greatest Cleveland players of the nineties, but that era was far from their only successful one. For well over a hundred years, they have been a mainstay of the American League, and our Cleveland Legends insert set in the new 2019 Series 2 expansion set spans nearly a century of Tribe history. Today we’ll work our way back to the very beginning, but we’re going to start with someone that had a much more recent brush with greatness…

 

 

Cliff Lee

With Cleveland since his 2002 debut, Cliff Lee spent 2007 mired in failure, including a game where we he gave up 7 runs in 4 innings and left the field to a booing crowd before being optioned to Triple-A the next day. Whether it was a wake-up call or the fuel needed to prove people wrong, in 2008 Cliff Lee transcended into an elite talent. He won 22 games, struck out 170 batters, finished with a 2.54 ERA, and was rewarded with the AL Cy Young away for his effort. He may have taken that momentum with him when he left in free agency, but his greatest season was spent with the Tribe, and it’s the season chosen for this Cleveland Legends card. Use his 5 Command, 3 icons, and great pitching chart for 7 innings per game to help recreate that magical season in Clutch Baseball.

 

 

Al Rosen

We’ve seen plenty of modern superstars in this set, but now it’s time to take things back a bit further, to the middle of the 20th century. Al Rosen spent ten years in the majors, all of them with Cleveland, and during that span he made four All-Star appearances, led the league in home runs and RBIs twice each, won the AL MVP award, and won a World Series! In 1953, Rosen led the league in home runs and RBIs and fell just a single percentage point shy of leading the league in batting average (and winning the triple crown), but it was still enough to be unanimously named the AL MVP. That season is what gives us this new Clutch card, a monster on offense with high On-Base, just 3 outs, a great chart, and Speed and Defense total that make him effective without being overpriced.

 

 

Lou Boudreau

Do you hate the lefty shift? Well, you can thank Lou, who first employed the “Boudreau Shift” against Ted Williams in 1946. But beyond that, he was an incredible player who went on to spend 15 seasons in the majors, 18 seasons as a manager, and 10 of those seasons as a player-manager. The man was non-stop! In 1948, Lou Boudreau did something we don’t usually see: he won the AL MVP award despite not finishing in the top 3 in the league in home runs, runs, RBIs, or stolen bases. Without those icons raising the salary cost, his new Clutch card provides a relatively affordable 15 On-Base that comes with a 3-out chart and positive Clutch. Pack 2 copies of the Lefty Shift strategy card for the truly authentic experience!

 

 

Nap Lajoie

Prior to now, the oldest season represented in Clutch Baseball was 2018’s Walter Johnson (1924), but when you make such a difference to your team that they rename the team after you, well, you get included in the set. After jumping to the Cleveland franchise in the fledgling American League, Lajoie made such an immediate impact that the following season, they renamed the team the Cleveland Naps (short for Napoleons, just like his name) in his honor. He spent the next decade on a non-stop offensive tear with the team, batting below .300 just twice in twelve years. In 1910, the season selected for this Clutch card, he led the AL in hits (227), doubles (51), batting average (.383), and total bases (304). Those, along with his .444 on-base percentage, help bring us this batter card with 14-to-15 On-Base, solid Speed and Defense, and a chart that has not only an 8+ single roll, but just two outs. He joins a very short list of elite players to have just 2 outs, including names like Ichiro, Tony Gwynn, and Ted Williams. In fact, that’s the best it gets, because no one in Clutch Baseball has ever had a batter’s chart with just a single out on it. Well, until now that is…

 

 

“Shoeless” Joe Jackson

Shoeless Joe may be remembered for his black mark on baseball history with the “Black Sox,” but the entire basis of that controversy was that with a player like Joe Jackson, how could they ever lose? Well, he got that reputation by hitting and hitting and hitting in Philadelphia, Cleveland, and Chicago for the extent of his 12-year career. His career .356 batting average is, to this day, the third-highest in major league history. With Cleveland in 1912, he racked up 226 hits and 121 runs, led the league with 26 triples, and put up a .395/.458/.579 slash line. Thanks to that, this 20-Speed, +1 Clutch, 14-to-15 On-Base outfielder gets a card that not only is the first to feature 3 triple rolls, it gives us the first batter in Clutch history to have just one out on their chart. Shoeless Joe not only represents history in Clutch Baseball this season, he becomes history in Clutch Baseball.

 

Come back tomorrow where we’ll take a look at the five the five Pre-Order bonus cards available exclusively when you pre-order the 2019 Series 2 expansion set THIS SUNDAY! Stay tuned to Clutch Baseball on social media today for video previews of each player as well as an exclusive look at another stadium card inspired by Cleveland.

 

2019 Series 2 inserts will be randomly distributed throughout Series 2 booster packs. Pre-Orders begin Sunday, 6/16 at 6:16 PM EST. For more details, check out the Series 2 preview here.

2019 Series 2 Insert Previews – Cleveland Legends! (Part 1)

In the mid-90’s, Cleveland had built a franchise that seemed unstoppable. The first five players we’ll take a look at today were all cornerstones of that mid-90’s powerhouse Cleveland team.

 

In the mid-90’s, Cleveland had built a franchise that seemed unstoppable. Over a five-year span, they averaged 94 wins a year and nearly six runs a game. But it was a dynasty in the making that wasn’t meant to be, often coming close but never quite reaching that World Series win. With the new Cleveland Legends insert series in Clutch Baseball 2019 Series 2 expansion set, you’ll have the opportunity to take those players and try to achieve what they came so close to doing: winning it all. The first five players we’ll take a look at today were all cornerstones of that mid-90’s powerhouse Cleveland team, beginning with a man considered by many to be one of the best defensive players of all time.

 

 

Omar Vizquel

Omar Vizquel won eleven Gold Glove Awards over the course of his career, including nine consecutive from 1993–2001. Among shortstops, his .985 fielding percentage is tied for highest all-time, he is the all-time leader in games played, and the all-time leader in double plays turned. He won his first Gold Glove at the age of 26, and his final Gold Glove at the age of 39. So, to summarize: he was pretty good at playing Shortstop. But his glove wasn’t all he brought to the game, especially in 1999. That season, he batted .333 and scored 112 runs, made an All-Star appearance, finished second in the league in stolen bases, oh, and won another Gold Glove award. That means his new Cleveland Legends card brings the heat at the plate, on the bases, and in the field, with 14 On-Base, a contact batter’s chart with just 3 outs, maxed out Speed and Defense, and 3 icons. And we’re just getting started!

 

 

Kenny Lofton

Omar Vizquel wasn’t the only speedster in Cleveland back in the 90’s. Kenny Lofton, who spent every year from 1992 to 1996 with the Tribe, led the AL in stolen bases each and every one of those seasons. That speed helped him while roaming center field too, and it translated into 4 Gold Glove awards during that same stretch. A World Series ring may have eluded him, but he may bring you one with this Cleveland Legends card based on his 1994 season, with 14 On-Base, a contact batter’s chart with just 3 outs, maxed out Speed and Defense, and 4 icons. Sounds familiar! Pair him with Vizquel for a 1-2 punch of speed, hitting, and defense! Look for someone with a little more power? Well…

 

 

Albert Belle

So maybe Albert Belle isn’t the most well-liked major league alumni. His off-the-field antics (and some on-field ones) may have cost him some votes when it came time to choose an MVP, but he spent season after season punishing any ball that came near his bat. A five-time All-Star, Belle also won five Silver Slugger awards and led the league in RBIs three times. But that’s not all, in 1995, Belle became the first player in major league history to hit 50 home runs and 50 doubles in the same season. In fact, no one had even hit 40 and 40 since 1973! That’s the season chosen for his new Cleveland Legends card, and it features one of the craziest batter’s charts ever seen: just four outs, an 18+ home run roll, and an insane 14+ double! Take full advantage of this chart with his 14 On-Base and five icons, and punish any pitch that gets thrown to Albert Belle.

 

 

Jose Mesa

Throughout the 90’s, Jose Mesa was always good, but in 1995, he was truly great. In 64 innings pitched over 62 appearances, Mesa had a 1.12 ERA, 46 saves, and 3wins. Of Mesa’s 46 saves, 38 were recorded in consecutive appearances, at the time a major league record. He played an instrumental role in helping Cleveland reach not only 100 regular season wins, but their first World Series appearance since 1954. His Cleveland Legends card isn’t going to blow you away with the 7, 8, even 9 Command we’ve seen on Pitcher cards in the past year, but dollar for dollar he’s one of the most effective relief pitchers we’ve seen, with 5 Command (6 against lefty and switch-hitting batters), 5 defense, a balance chart, 1 mistake roll, as well as both the Saves and All-Star icons.

 

 

Jim Thome

When you think about Cleveland baseball in the 90’s, there’s usually one name that immediately springs to mind: Jim Thome. This power hitting corner infielder played in Cleveland from 1991 to 2002, and he spent his time there establishing himself as one of the best power hitters the team had seen in its nearly-hundred year history, and found his way into baseball immortality as a first-ballot Hall of Fame inductee in 2018. Now, Thome’s best all-around batting season may have been 1996, and including that season in this inserts set would have put him in good company with today’s other four 900’s players, but his Cleveland Legends card actually comes from a later season: 2002. That year, Thome led the league in walks, slugging, and OPS, along with hitting 52 home runs. He also crushed right-handed pitching, which is why his new card features a monsterous 14 On-Base with an extra 2 On-Base bonus against righties, which will come in handy for getting the advantage and making the most of a batter’s chart that has just 4 outs, a 16+ double, and an 18+ home run roll. The best part? Thome’s slow speed, zero defense, and sole icon. Normally you wouldn’t celebrate those things, but thanks to those factors, Thome’s incredible power bat can find its way into your lineup for just 630 salary points. Besides, he can’t clog up the bases if he’s always busy rounding them!

 

 

Come back tomorrow where we’ll take a look at the five more Cleveland Legends spanning nearly a hundred years of baseball, and be sure to watch the latest episode of Bottom of the Clutch for a peek at a Series 2 stadium card that these 90’s players will feel right at home in: The Jake.

 

2019 Series 2 inserts will be randomly distributed throughout Series 2 booster packs. Pre-Orders begin Sunday, 6/16 at 6:16 PM EST. For more details, check out the Series 2 preview here.