Rookie Card Showcase: 1994 Bowman Darren Oliver

Sixteen Big League seasons means I am NOT a scrub.

Sixteen Big League seasons means I am NOT a scrub.

You’re probably asking yourself why I am showing the rookie card of this scrub. Well, truth be told, he’s not who you think he is.

Sure, he’s no Johan Santana, but Oliver (or in some people’s vocabulary, “scrub”) is an established Major Leaguer who is a vital cog in the bullpen of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim of Southern California of the United States of the Planet Earth.

Just because a guy does not light the world of cardboard icons on fire doesn’t mean he isn’t worthy of recognition. Oliver, shown here on a 1994 Bowman card, has spent 16 seasons in the Major Leagues in different roles with eight teams. It takes a certain amount of talent to stay in this game at the highest level for more than a decade and a half.

Fact: Not all commons in the hobby are real life baseball scrubs.

Fiction: Career longevity leads to hobby love.

This is the part six of an ongoing series. To see other parts in this series, click here.

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