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Sunday, March 16, 2014
John Maine, 2004 Topps Traded #T101
Success in Major League Baseball is all too often temporary. Just ask John Maine. He entered the 2004 season as Baseball America's 54th-best minor league prospect, and two years later was dealt to the Mets with Jorge Julio for veteran starter Kris Benson. At age 26, he seemed to have arrived as a dependable starter in New York. That was 2007, when he logged 191 innings and tied for the team lead in wins with Oliver Perez, going 15-10 with a 3.91 ERA and 180 strikeouts. But his arm soon broke down: his innings total dropped to 140 the next year, then to 81.1 in 2009, and 39.2 in 2010. The next time John was seen in the majors was 2013, when even the bottom-feeding Marlins couldn't see fit to keep him around after four ugly relief appearances. He allowed 15 hits and five walks in 7.1 innings, with 10 runs charged to his account. That's a 12.27 ERA and 2.73 WHIP. Today, he's a few months shy of 33 and is a man without a team.
I can remember playing with baseball cards as a toddler, but I actually started collecting them when I was ten. Now I'm an adult looking for an outlet to talk about my hobby without receiving blank stares in return. You can contact me thusly.