Friday, May 10, 2019

6 Degrees Of Mookie - The Warren Newson Connection

It's time once again for "6 Degrees Of Mookie" - the fabulous game show blog post where I take a random card in my collection and attempt to connect it to current Red Sox superstar Mookie Betts! Let's take a look at today's contestant!

Random TCDB Card: 

1992 Score # 398 Warren Newson (RP)

Newson has a rather nice action shot on his 1992 Score card. He spent a impressive 8 years in the big leagues, all in the American League. He played with guys who had longer careers, such as...

Teammates in the 1992 Score set
# 398 Warren Newson (RP)
#893 Frank Thomas (DT)

I always thought 1992 Score was a great set, and the Dream Team subset is one of the reasons why. This simple shot of "The Big Hurt" looks normal until you realize he's holding an oversized bat.

Teammates in the 2009 Topps set
#24 Frank Thomas
#46 Brad Ziegler (ASR)

While Frank Thomas was winding down his Hall of Fame career, Brad Ziegler was just starting to make his mark. Guys who throw sideways always look weird on their cards. That arm is made of rubber!

Teammates in the 2016 Topps Update set
#US127 Brad Ziegler
#US201 Mookie Betts (AS)

The Red Sox acquired Ziegler in a mid-season trade in 2016. He signed with Miami after the season and retired last year. 2016 was the year Mookie started breaking out as a superstar, finishing 2nd in the MVP Award race.

Degrees of Mookie: 3


  1. Guys like Thomas who played almost 20 years sure help bridge the gaps in these 6 degree challenges.

    1. It helps a lot, especially when the player jumps around teams towards the end of his career!

  2. P'shaw. Newsom and Kevin Elster are teammates in the 1996 Monther's Cookies Rangers set.'s-Cookies-Texas-Rangers-15-Warren-Newson?PageIndex=1's-Cookies-Texas-Rangers-12-Kevin-Elster?PageIndex=1

    And of course Elster and Mookie were teammates for year, but let's go with Elster's Donruss rookie.

    What do you mean, "wrong Mookie"? This is the right Mookie as far as I'm concerned! B^)

    1. Nicely done! Now, if we can find a way to connect Newson to former basketball player Mookie Blaylock, we've have the hat trick!

  3. I love this series, especially since it reminds me of guys who used to play for the Red Sox, like Ziegler.

  4. Hey Matt... tried looking for your email, but couldn't find it. Wanted to let you know that I received your nice card. Haven't looked at the cards yet. Plan on saving them for this weekend. It gives me something to look forward to :) Thank you! Have a great week!