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The great shortstop swap

I love the trade deadline, the rumors and the big deals. While I hated to see Johnny Cueto leave Cincinnati, I’m glad he went to a great team in Kansas City. But that move was expected. I never expected to see Troy Tulowitzki in a uniform other than Colorado’s.

Both Tulo and Jose Reyes made their debuts for their new teams yesterday. And of course, I grabbed some images from news sites to make baseball cards of the pair in their new duds. No Photoshopping here…this is the real deal on virtual cardboard.

Jose  Reyes Rockies

Reyes was 1-for-3 in his Colorado debut, with a single, a stolen base, and a walk. He was also caught stealing. How long will he be wearing a purple uniform? There are already rumors floating around that he could be headed elsewhere, and if that time comes, a new TWJ card will be created. But for now, he’s the mile high shortstop.

Tulowitzki Blue Jays

Tulowitzki wowed his new team, going 3-for-5 with a home run and two doubles, driving in three runs and scoring three himself. His slugging percentage in Canada is 1.600. Of course, he won’t keep that up the rest of the season, but it’s a mighty impressive first game in Toronto.

You can check out all of the 2015 TWJ “revamped” series virtual baseball cards at TWJ cards on tumblr.

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A few more Opening Day shots…

The 2009 NL MVP? We’ll see..

Last year’s ROY runner-up, patiently waiting his turn to bat…

Jose Reyes, whose rookie refractor is worth more than I expected…

A pinch-hitting pitcher? I expected Micah Owings to stay in the game after he batted, but he didn’t. This photo was used for the Goose Joak Original Baseball Card Project…check that out here.

Is this guy worth a Freel? I wasn’t impressed yesterday. Sure, we needed a catcher, but for Freel?

And since Nick Lachey was responsible for many of the hits to the blog yesterday…

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