2019 Series 2 Insert Previews – Clutch: Generations! (Part 2)

The Clutch: Generations sets feature some of the greatest players in MLB history. Today we’ll take a look at the remaining five players randomly inserted throughout the Series 2 set.

The Clutch: Generations sets feature some of the greatest players in MLB history. The players chosen for this year’s 10-card insert set are no different. Yesterday, we took a look at the first five players, and today we’ll take a look at the remaining five players randomly inserted throughout the Series 2 set. Each of these players will also be available in variant form, with an alternate color scheme based on the decade their card represents. For a preview of those, be sure to watch the episode of Bottom of the Clutch posted at the end of this preview. First up, one of my personal favorite cards in Clutch: Generations set this season!

 

 

Luis Aparicio

We’re kicking things off today with one of the most highly-regarded shortstops of all time, Luis Aparicio. The first Venezuelan player inducted into the baseball hall of fame, Aparicio left his mark on the game as a member of the speed-oriented “Go-Go” Sox team of the late 50’s and early 60’s, winning 9 Gold Glove Awards and leading the AL in stolen bases 9 times in his 18-year career. He won the Rookie of the Year award in 1956, and was a World Series champion with Baltimore in 1966, but split the difference between the two and we land on 1961, a season in which he stole 53 bases and finished at or near the top of every defensive metric. This gives us a very unique Clutch card — Aparicio’s lower On-Base, -2 Clutch, and 23+ HR make this 20-Speed, +4 Defense Shortstop card with a good contact chart very affordable at just 310 salary points, and comes with the SB and GG icons to help make the most of that speed and defense. “Go-Go” get ‘em, Luis!

 

 

Ron Santo

An All-Star for 9 of his 15 major league seasons, Ron Santo was one of the most beloved north-side sluggers in Chicago history. He led the NL in triples one season, led in on-base percentage twice, and led in walks four times. He batted .300 or more and hit 30 or more home runs four times each, and is the only third baseman in MLB history to post eight consecutive seasons with over 90 RBI’s. He wasn’t just known for his bat though, Santo also won five consecutive Gold Glove awards for his defensive prowess. In 1967, the season represented by this new Clutch: Generations insert, Ron’s output resulted in a high On-Base Batter card with a power-friendly chart, 4 icons, and the maximum +4 defense at 3rd base.

 

 

Dale Murphy

Dale Murphy spent most of his 18-year career in Atlanta, and during his years there he was a force to be reckoned with, especially over a 9-year run of success from 1980 to 1989. During that period, he made 7 All-Star appearances and won 5 Gold Gloves, 4 Silver Sluggers, and 2 NL MVP awards. Year after year he dominated on both sides of the ball, and moreover, he was one of the most well-liked and respected players off the field as well. The season chosen for Dale’s Clutch: Generations card was the latter of his back-to-back MVP seasons, 1983. That year, he lead the league in RBIs, Slugging, and OPS, and won both the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards as an Outfielder. The result is an incredibly well-rounded Batter card which is good in every way, and great in many ways; 13-to-14 On-Base, a chart with just 4 outs and a natural home run roll, 3 Defense in a versatile OF position, positive Clutch, 20 Speed, and five icons. Now “Murph” can be the MVP of your team, too!

 

 

Darryl Strawberry

The third and final Clutch: Generations card representing the 80’s is a man who spent much of the 80’s as perhaps the yin to Murphy’s yang. Darryl offset his off-the-field antics with on-field production, and it shows in this Clutch: Generations card, with an incredible power chart, solid Speed, and three icons made affordable by the lower On-Base, Defense, and Clutch. He’d go on to win 3 World Series on the other side of New York, but on the National League side of the city in 1988, Darryl could crush any ball he got a piece of. For just 370 salary points, given his three icons and 19+ HR roll, Darryl may be the new “King” of value in Clutch.

 

 

Joe Morgan

The Big Red Machine gets another gear in the Clutch: Generations insert set with Joe Morgan, and it is a mighty one. Considered one of the greatest, if not the greatest second basemen of all time, Morgan was a first-ballot Hall of Fame inductee, a 10-time All-Star, a 5-time Gold Glove winner, and won back-to-back World Series Championships in season where he also won back-to-back NL MVP awards. This shows in his card, which has MVP written all over it. Well, not literally, but you’re free to do so yourself with a permanent marker. No one would blame you! Now the price tag may scare some Managers off, especially without a natural home run, but that’s one of the only downsides to this otherwise monstrous Batter card. 15-to-16 On-Base, perfect Speed and Defense, a chart with just 3 outs, and offensive, speed, and defensive icons to boot? He may come attached to a Big Red price tag, but fit him into your lineup and Morgan will help turn your offensive into the machine it is meant to be.

 

 

To take a look at each of these players’ alternate color schemes, check out Bottom of the Clutch here:

 

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. Come back tomorrow for a look at five more Clutch: Generations inserts!

2019 Series 2 Insert Previews – Clutch: Generations! (Part 1)

The Clutch: Generations sets feature some of the greatest players in MLB history. The players chosen for this year’s 10-card insert set are no different. Today, we’ll take a look at five of the ten players randomly inserted throughout the Series 2 set.

The Clutch: Generations sets feature some of the greatest players in MLB history. The players chosen for this year’s 10-card insert set are no different. Today, we’ll take a look at five of the ten players randomly inserted throughout the Series 2 set, and the remaining five will be revealed tomorrow. Each of these players will also be available in variant form, with an alternate color scheme based on the decade their card represents. For a preview of those, be sure to watch the episode of Bottom of the Clutch posted at the end of this preview. Now, let’s get things kicked off with a trip back to the 50’s… 

 

 

Roy Campanella

The cards in this year’s Clutch: Generations inserts set literally span generations, and we’re starting things off 66 years in 1953 with one of the greatest catchers in the history of the game. After spending eight years in the Negro leagues, the Dodgers signed “Campy” to a contract in 1946 (shortly after signing Jackie Robinson) and for a while considered electing to have him break the color barrier. He ended up following Jackie to the majors the year after it was broken though, in 1948, and was a force to be reckoned with from the start. His greatest season though came in 1953, where he batted .312 with 41 HRs and a league-leading 142 RBIs and went on to become the National League MVP. This is the season represented here in the 2019 Clutch: Generations set, with 13-to-14 On-Base, 4 outs, a 19+ home run roll, positive Clutch, 8 Defense, and 3 icons.

 

 

Eddie Murray

Elected to the Hall of Fame in 2003, Eddie Murray spent the majority of his career (1977-1988) with Baltimore. The accolades he collected there were among the best in franchise history. He was a Rookie of the Year winner, made 7 All-Star appearances, became a 3-time Gold Glove winner and a 3-time Silver Slugger winner, and won a World Series ring along the way. His best season was arguably 1983, the same year he collected that ring, although despite a .306/.393/.538 slash line, 111 RBI’s, 115 runs, a Gold Glove award and a Silver Slugger award, Murray finished second in MVP voting to teammate Cal Ripken Jr. That season is used for Steady Eddie’s 2019 Clutch: Generations card, where this switch-hitter will collect hit after hit with a power-friendly chart, 3 versatile icons, and the maximum +2 defense at first base.

 

 

Ellis Burks

Lost in the shuffle of superstars in the 90’s were some true diamonds in the rough, such as journeyman outfielder Ellis Burks, who played for 5 teams over his 18-year career. His achievements don’t stack up against the likes of Griffey, Bonds, and Walker — just 2 All-Star appearances, a Gold Glove award, and a couple of Silver Sluggers — but he was a consistently good hitter. He began his career with Boston, and ended up back there in 2004 in a World-Series winning year, but his best season came as a member of the Colorado squad in 1996. That year, he led the National League in runs, total bases, extra-base hits, and slugging, along with an All-Star appearance and a Silver Slugger award, but he finished 3rd in MVP voting behind the big bats of 2018 Clutch: Generations hitters Ken Caminiti and Mike Piazza. This new batter card could win some awards of its own though, with just 3 outs, an 8+ Single and 15+ Double, a 19+ home run roll, 2 icons, positive Clutch, blazing fast speed, and a sneaky +2 On-Base against lefties.

 

 

Tim Lincecum

Depending on your age, a lot of these Clutch: Generations players may have been before you time. But if you’re reading this, you probably know why “The Freak” deserves a card in the Clutch: Generations set. He helped lead San Francisco to three World Series championships in five years. He won back-to-back Cy Young awards. He led the NL in strikeouts in three straight season. After debuting in mid-2007 and being shut down early to avoid strain, Tim Lincecum spent his first full season in 2008 putting up insane numbers, and followed it up with another crazy-good season in 2009, leading to him becoming the first pitcher to win the award in his first two full seasons. The 2008 season was the one chosen for this Clutch: Generations card, and the result is a SP card that seems almost lab-created. 5 Command for 7 innings, with 3 defense, +1 Clutch, a huge K range, no natural 2B or HR on his chart, a single Mistake roll, and 3 pitching icons, all for 555 points? Sign. Me. Up. If only there were an equally effective reliever available at a great value to help close those games out…

 

 

Rich “Goose” Gossage

For 22 years, across 9 teams, Goose Gossage spent his career pioneering the role of “dominant closer.” He led the AL in saves 3 times, won a World Series in 1978, was chosen as an All-Star 9 times, and recorded the final out to clinch a division, league, or World Series title seven times. He relied primarily on his blistering fastball, known to top 100 MPH, and finished his career with 1502 K’s to go along with 310 saves. 1978 was the year he won a World Series, with New York, and it was the season chosen for this Clutch: Generations card — and what a card it is. 5-to-6 Command, 1 Mistake roll, 18 outs, 4 Defense, and the Saves icon, all for 305 pts. Which seems like a decent enough value of its own, but Goose was known for multi-inning saves, and it shows: he can also close out a game over multiple innings, thanks to his 2 IP limit.

 

 

To take a look at each of these players’ alternate color schemes, check out Bottom of the Clutch here:

 

 

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. Come back tomorrow for a look at five more Clutch: Generations inserts!

The results are in: Clutch Baseball 2019 All-Star Winners revealed!

The votes are in and the winners have been selected! With no further ado, here are the top 10 vote-getters for the 2019 Clutch All-Star Contest…

The votes are in and the winners have been selected!

With no further ado, here are the top 10 vote-getters for the 2019 Clutch All-Star Contest:

 

1st Place: Justin Verlander (79.3%)

It’s not hard to see why Justin walked away with the top spot here, this immediately becomes one of the strongest SP cards ever printed!

 

 

2nd Place: Cody Bellinger (69.6%)

Cody’s 16 On-Base, 2-out card with a killer chart barely edged out the 3rd place finisher in the final hours to become the top-voted batter card.

 

 

3rd Place: Josh Bell (66.3%)

The hard-swinging switch-hitter from Pittsburgh offers a lot of power at an affordable cost, so it’s no surprise he finished so high!

 

 

4th Place: Lucas Giolito (54.3%)

The second-highest finisher on the pitching side of things is one of the year’s most improved players, and is well-deserving of the praise he received during the voting period.

 

 

5th Place: Ryan Pressly (51.1%)

The only reliever to make the top 10, but he’ll be a killer addition to any bullpen. 7 Command against righty batters and *9* Command against lefties and switch-hitters, with 19 outs? Wow!

 

 

6th Place: Tim Anderson (45.7%)

Our second winner from the south side Sox, Tim Anderson is one of the most fiery players in the game right now, and this card is no different.

 

 

7th Place: James McCann (43.5%)

Chicago gets another representative here in James McCann, a catcher with above-average On-Base and a great contact hitter chart.

 

 

8th Place: Matt Strahm (41.3%)

Clutch Baseball favorite makes the leap from reliever to starter with this new All-Star pitcher card. He may not blow away as many batters as Justin Verlander, but the middle of your rotation needs some love too, and that’s where Strahm will shine.

 

 

9th Place: Gary Sanchez (39.1%)

We’re getting to the portion of the contest where the margins between winners and just-misses got tight, but the masses have spoken and Gary Sanchez’s raw power has made the cut.

 

 

10th Place: Matthew Boyd (37.0%)

Less than a single percentage point separated 10th and 11th place, but a late surge is sending the infamous “Mayy” Boyd to the All-Star set, further cementing his name in Clutch Baseball history.

 

 

11-15th Place

To show you how close this vote was, here are the next five finishers in the results.

11th: Ketel Marte (36.1%

12th (tied): Joc Pederson (35.0%)

12th (tied): Eddie Rosario (35%)

14th: Zack Greinke (34.1%)

15th: Luis Castillo (33.9%)

 

For more in-depth discussion of the winners, check out the latest episode of Bottom of the Clutch on YouTube!

Thank you to EVERYONE who participated in the voting process! We’re excited to bring you these and all the other inserts in the 2019 Series 2 set. Stay tuned, because we’ll be previewing 5 more of these insert cards for each of the next 5 days!