Fun Cards: 2013 Topps Mario Soto
Four times Mario Soto finished in the top ten voting for the Cy Young Award. In 1983, he came in second behind Philadelphia’s John Denny. He was named to the NL All-Star team three times and started the game in 1983. In the early 1980s, Soto was probably the best thing the Reds had going for them. In 1982, his record was 14-13, but had the second highest WAR for pitchers in the National League (behind Steve Rogers of the Expos), and tied (with Rogers) for the third best WAR in the NL behind Montreal’s Gary Carter and Andre Dawson. I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t really understand WAR, but I’ll use it when it supports one of my favorite players!
As far as I can tell, Soto has never been included in any officially licensed released since 1989, when Score issued a card showing him wearing the Dodger blue (though he never pitched a regular season game for them). He was included in a deck of playing cards released by Hero Decks a few years ago; other than that the Soto well is dry. How about it, Topps? How about some love for one of the best pitchers in the early 1980s?