Monday, January 29, 2018

6 Degrees Of Mookie (Hall of Fame Edition)

One of my early attempt at blogging was a pointless yet entertaining undertaking called "6 Degrees of Matt Stairs" - where I randomly tried to connect different players to long-time journeyman Matt Stairs. It was fun for awhile, but I eventually got bored and stopped it. Awhile back, I participated in a blog bat-around where Collecting Cutch challenged bloggers to connect a favorite player to the original game's namesake, Kevin Bacon. Doing that got me thinking about revisiting this concept for this blog on occasion. I used Mookie Betts as my player for the Bat-around, so I'll stick with him here. As a further challenge, not only must I connect the players, but I must connect them with cards from the same set. I initially tried to do this without help, but when I get stuck, Baseball Reference has a fun little Oracle tool that does the job for me. To kick things off, I decided to match up our 4 newest Hall of Famers:

Chipper Jones

1. Chipper Jones was teammates in the 2012 Topps set with Craig Kimbrel.

2. Craig Kimbrel was teammates in the 2017 Topps set with Mookie Betts.

Jim Thome

1. Jim Thome was teammates in the 2012 Topps set with Shane Victorino.

2. Shane Victorino was teammates in the 2014 Stadium Club set with Mookie Betts.

Vladimir Guerrero

1. Vladimir Guerrero was teammates in the 2007 Topps set with Mike Napoli.

2. Mike Napoli was teammates in the 2015 Topps set with Mookie Betts.

Trevor Hoffman

1. Trevor Hoffman was teammates in the 2004 Topps set with Jake Peavy.

2. Jake Peavy was teammates in the 2014 Topps Heritage set with Mookie Betts.

Since each of these players' careers ended this past decade, they each had a fairly easy 2 degrees of Mookie. My hope is that once a month or so, I'll randomly choose another player to connect to Mookie.

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