I received two packs of 2017 Heritage from my daughter for Father's Day. I kind of dropped a hint that we don't need no stinkin' flagship in the house no more and she wisely selected Heritage.
The packs were underwhelming. Let's face it, Heritage isn't going to be interesting again until 2020. If I was collecting the set though, they would have been pretty good packs. I pulled just four doubles.
But what I noticed the most from these two packs is how many players are no longer with the teams shown.
Out of the 18 cards in the two packs, eight players aren't playing for the team Heritage said they were playing for three months ago.
It's a tricky situation selecting teams for players, and I get the feeling it's getting trickier all the time. Somebody needs to measure the rate of transactions over the years and see exactly how much it's increased.
Here are the players out of those packs that aren't playing for the team shown:
Jhonny Peralta. Designated for assignment for the Cardinals. Just signed to a minor league deal by the Red Sox today.
Jeanmar Gomez. Just DFA'd this week by the awful, awful Phillies.
Jorge Soler. Sent down to Triple A Omaha by the Royals on June 3 after batting .164.
Leonys Martin. Has been playing for Triple A Tacoma this season.
Andre Ethier. His season that was pushed back to after the All-Star break has now been pushed back to September.
Edwin Jackson. Has been with two teams since the Padres. Pitched in the minors for the Orioles, was just signed by the Nationals on a minor league deal.
I didn't scan the doubles out of the packs, but neither Trayce Thompson (Dodgers) or Garrett Richards (Angels) are playing for their Heritage teams.
Here are the guys that are still playing with their Heritage teams (also includes doubles Jason Castro and Brandon Crawford that I didn't scan):
Even some of these guys are tentative. Musgrove has been DL'd recently and hasn't pitched great. It's only a matter of time before Ricky Nolasco disappears from the Angels starting staff.
Charlie Blackmon, of course, is the lone SP in the group because all of the superstars are stashed in the SPs these days, which is probably the big reason why Heritage packs are filled with so many iffy dudes.