Saturday, October 22, 2016

Bad Brains with Brent & Becca

I should really go on eBay more often to find team sets for recent issues rather than flailing around trying to find them at card shows. I know -- that's anathema to many people in the hobby. But, you have to get lucky at card shows to find what you want. On eBay, though, you just have to look.

Certainly, you can pay a premium on eBay. That's the argument against it, of course. There are times it is okay, at least to me.  In particular, I don't mind it when I support someone whom I "know" (at least in internet terms) -- Brent & Becca. Brent was selling a few Brewers team sets at a discount, so I picked up several sets that, with combined shipping, cost me maybe $15 total. 

Those cards arrived this week, and I wanted to show them off. But how? This is an easy one.

Outside of the presidential crap, one of the major stories that I've paid attention to this week was the announcement of the final nominees for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The list of 19 nominees includes a fair number of bands/acts that a lot of people have heard of -- Journey, Pearl Jam, Steppenwolf, The Cars, Janet Jackson, and Tupac Shakur, for example. But as the list went around, there was one band I saw a lot of people discounting because they had never heard of them: Bad Brains.

So, to show off the cards, let's listen to one of the seminal bands of the punk rock era.

Bad Brains started in Washington, DC. A group of African-American boys -- H.R. a/k/a Paul Hudson, Dr. Know a/k/a Gary Miller, Darryl Jenifer, and Earl Hudson (Paul's younger brother) formed a funk cover band called Mind Power. They were playing jazz fusion covers of Chick Corea and funk covers of Parliament Funkadelic. 

Then one of them saw a show on PBS about the new punk movement in England where the show talked about the Sex Pistols and, in particular, the Dead Boys. They heard it and were hooked on the sound and the idea. So, after listening to a Ramones song called "Bad Brain," they changed their band name.

But, they wanted to be the loudest, fastest, most bad ass punk band out there -- and with a twist. Rather than being nihilists like the Sex Pistols -- where everything sucks and should be destroyed -- Bad Brains came at music with positive ideas and attitude. At least at first.

So, let's go for some positive stuff right now:

One of the first things I picked up was a team set of Brewers Allen & Ginter minis. Sure, I need to get a couple more of a few of these, but I wonder why I haven't gone down this path before and picked up team sets? Okay, I have in the past, but perhaps I should go back to this.

I mentioned that Bad Brains came at music at first with a positive message and attitude. After a couple of years together, though, they all got influenced heavily by the Rastafarian movement. Their music reflected it too -- picking up a lot of Jamaican spirituality and grooves with it.

They didn't give up their speed punk, though, because, well, they enjoyed playing it most. 

As often happens with teams in transition, the Heritage High Numbers this year contained nearly as many Brewers as the main set did. It's a pretty cool thing to have cards for this year's National League co-champion in Home Runs (Chris Carter) and this year's Major League stolen base king (Jonathan Villar) showing up in the set. 

Another guy who is making Brewers fans excited -- if he can stay away from the outfield walls and not break his wrist again -- is Keon Broxton. Broxton struggled badly in his first two stints in MIlwaukee in 2016. He was sent down to Colorado Springs on July 1 with a major league slash line of .125/.253/.188. Yes, a .188 SLG. Clearly, what he was doing was not working. 

So, he went down to Colorado Springs and changed his stance and mechanics a bit. He was called back up on July 26, and things fell into place. Yes, he had an unsustainably high BABIP (.425) over his last 169 plate appearances, but his hitting had clearly turned a corner: slash line of .294/.399/.538 with 8 HR, 25 BB, and 16 SB. Even if his batting average walks back a bit, he could be a real sleeper for next year. Of course, he's going to be 27 years old next year too, so he needs to make it happen to have a career.

Over the course of their career, Bad Brains got a reputation of being some of the coolest, nicest dudes in the business. On more than one occasion, they would finish a show as the headliner somewhere and see a fellow band -- new guys -- in the audience. They would bring the new guys up on stage, hand them their guitars and drumsticks, and tell the new guys to play -- just to help them out and give them a bigger stage than they may have had in the past.

Indeed, in the early 1980s, they had new bands come open for them. So, for instance, they had some Jewish kids from Brooklyn open for a show for them in New York. Those kids? They were called The Beastie Boys and it was their third show as a band. No kidding. Later, when The Beastie Boys were huge and went on tour for Ill Communication, they returned the favor and had Bad Brains open for them. 

One of the benefits from buying from Brent is that he sells "master" sets. Oftentimes, the inserts can be tougher to track down than the base cards. Being able to knock out the inserts with the base cards at the same price is even better -- and that's what I got to do with both the full-size Allen & Ginter set and the Bunt set. I still need one more "Program" card though.

When I think about why a band should be in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, one of the main things that should be considered in my opinion is the influence that the artist had on later artists. I've already mentioned the fact that Bad Brains gave The Beastie Boys a big break. There is a great documentary about Bad Brains on YouTube where luminaries such as Henry Rollins, Dave Grohl, and Anthony Kiedis talk very personally about how Bad Brains influenced them. 

For example, Grohl admits that the drum opening to "Smells Like Teen Spirit" was a riff that he basically ripped off from Earl Hudson playing "How Low Can a Punk Get". As Grohl says, it's not exactly the same -- but you can definitely hear it in the intro here:

Some other bands that Bad Brains influenced? Anthrax, Deftones, Faith No More (whose lead singer actually filled in as the lead singer for Bad Brains when H.R. was walkabout in the mid-1980s), Jane's Addiction, Living Colour, Rage Against the Machine, Sevendust, Soundgarden, Sick of It All, Sublime, and 311, to name a few.

The final team set I got was the Series 2 Gold Parallel. Man, I wish I had thought ahead of time to get Series 1 from Brent too. I figured I'd highlight Corey Knebel here. Knebel didn't have a great 2016, but he had some bad luck (FIP of 3.58) combine with some control issues (BB9 lept from 3.0 in 2015 to 4.4 in 2016). He's such a high-end arm, though, that he's been a key part of two big trades (for Joakim Soria and Yovani Gallardo). Here's hoping he can continue to develop and be a big part of the team next year.

I don't know if Bad Brains will make the Hall of Fame. I personally think they should, of course -- otherwise I wouldn't have spent all the time putting this post together. Other than Bad Brains, I'm voting for Tupac, Pearl Jam, and Depeche Mode for sure. I'm waffling a bit on the last vote -- either ELO or Kraftwerk, though Yes was good too.

Who do you think should be inducted?

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

I've Been Called Out, It Seems

My musical tastes tend to be very eclectic. If you've read through my blog when I am showing off cards I have bought/received in trade/found in the gutter along side of the highway, you have been treated to/abused by many of my various tastes. Sure, I will go the way of the random song from time to time and just see what happens, but most of the time I tend to stay reasonably close to my heart.

Because I will listen to and talk about any and every song around, people in my office often get tired of hearing me say, "that reminds me of a song." Today, for example, a woman was talking about taking a hike in a canyon in a state park here, and all I could hear in my head was "Down in It" by Nine Inch Nails... because she mentioned being down in the canyon and then up above it on the canyon rim.

I'd almost forgotten how good early NIN is. 

Still, my loner qualities mean that I have spent an inordinate time in my life listening to music. When I find kindred spirits -- or even just a song on someone else's blog that strikes a chord with me -- I often can't help myself and have to comment. That's what has led to this post. You see, our good friend Zippy Zappy may be a bit burned out on collecting -- probably because school has intervened and, well, the minor league season ended too -- but he isn't burned out on music

In fact, he called me out about music. Twice. He said that he "expect[s] you people who fall into this category [complete with two links in the same sentence to my blog] to listen to all of these and respond with feedback for each song ;)."

Not being one to turn down a challenge, I thought, "why not?" My next thought was, "well, it's not like I have a ton of backlog to post either, so this will be a good one to give me something to write about."

So, here goes. In the order that ZZ posted them, I'm going to put these up and go stream of consciousness on them -- listen once, gather my thoughts, and type.

First up -- some old Italian guy:

I learned Italian about 8 years ago, and I remember a little of it -- mostly the stuff that sounds exactly like the Spanish words that mean the same thing. As I watch the video for this song, I think "I didn't realize Ric Ocasek learned Italian! I mean, I know he married Paulina Porizkova, but wasn't she Czech?" 

Then Battiato starts moving a little bit, and he looks a bit like David Byrne. On meth.

This song is harmless enough. It's your basic 80s synthpop mixed with a crooner's sensibilities and sung in Italian. It probably helps not knowing exactly what he's saying, though this title means something like "Center of Permanent Gravity" (though I feel like it should be "Permanent Center of Gravity").

I'm excited for the next song...always love a new Georgia artist to get into.

So yeah, Tamar Chokhonelidze is Georgian as in the country next to Armenia and not next to Alabama. As I listen to this song, I can't help but wonder if Zippy Zappy is pulling my leg about this song. That, or he's got a 2-year-old that he has to figure out how he'll get the child to sleep every night.

As ZZ said, lavnana means "lullaby" in English. It's definitely quiet, slow, peaceful, and meant to help a little one feel safe at night. If you're looking for a song like that and either (a) speak Georgian or (b) don't care about knowing what the lyrics are, then this song should be right up your alley.

It really is not up my alley, though. Or in my wheelhouse. Or any other analogy you might use.

Let's go to Japan now.

The band is called Frederic, and the song is called "Oddloop." You can read more about that name on ZZ's post.

The weird dancing girls appear are just weird. Even weirder is that it appears that these two appear in several of Frederic's videos, such as Owarase Night.

Okay, Oddloop. If the guys from a-ha ever listened to the song, they'd sue. It's not so close to "Take on Me" that it's obvious, but it definitely was the first thing that came to mind in the opening riff of the song to me. The lyrics are really repetitive, so the chorus words can get stuck in your head really quickly. Or maybe that's just me.

It's a decent song. It's catchy and derivative, so it's pretty much every song that has been made since 1969 after the Beatles broke up.

Or, at least that's what the music critics will have you believe.

Scotland's up next.

Oh yeah. This is much more my speed. I'm someone who really got into bands like Keane and Snow Patrol, so Frightened Rabbit is right in that sweet spot. 

I'm actually a bit embarrassed that I haven't listened to this band before for a very personal reason: my brother-in-law Matt has built guitars for both Scott Hutchison (the lead singer/lead guitarist) and Billy Kennedy (the bass player), among others. In fact, when Frightened Rabbit played Austin City Limits, Scott was using his Copeland Guitar (as you can see in the video here on Red Bull TV).

So, yes, this is great. More! More!

Continuing our tour around the world, let's go to Finland:

I had no idea that Macklemore could speak Finnish. Incredible.

Oh, what? That's some Finnish group called JVG? Okay. That's cool.

My impressions? Well, like any good rap video, this has a lot of hot women in it, but too many skinny sweaty guys with their shirts off. I have to admit that the groove to the song is cool, but I really wish I could understand the words. When you get down to it for me, I am into lyrics in songs. 

This song sounds like something I might have heard on a FIFA soundtrack, though. Except that the song supposedly means "Funky Badonk" in English. That's funny, of course, because Badonk is pretty much a meaningless word anyway. The translation I linked to actually has footnotes that say that "Mauton Jasso" is something to the effect of sick ass. Also funny is that at least one line translates to "Girl twerk that ass" (likka twerkkaa sitä jassoo, in case you find yourself in Finland and want to talk to that hot girl in a way to get you slapped).

See, you always get useful knowledge from me here.

Catfish and the Bottlemen are a Welsh band who are actually playing in New York tonight and at the Variety Playhouse here in Atlanta next week Wednesday (but the Atlanta show is sold out already...). They will hit DC, Norfolk, and Nashville before going back to the UK and Ireland for a month. Then, they are back in the US for 6 shows before heading to Australia right after Christmas. And who can blame them for that, since that's the beginning of summer there?

I had heard this song -- "Pacifier" before on XFM out of Manchester/London on TuneIn Radio. Zippy Zappy rightfully said their band name reminds him of Echo and the Bunnymen. He said their sound reminds him of Kings of Leon. I can see that some. I'm a fan and I need to listen to more of them.

Yeah, this song is actually from 1906. I personally would have preferred if ZZ would have linked to Murray's song "Under the Anheuser Bush" just because, you know, beer.

This song feels a bit like a college fight song. It's probably that low brass line you hear in the background -- the trombones and tubas with their somewhat staccato notes that move the song forward but make it sound like a marching band rather than anything else. I guess that probably has as much to do with the fact that people really hadn't figured out jazz or blues or chord progressions or anything like that.

In the end, this song would not feel out of place in a silent movie.

The Babies are a four piece band out of Brooklyn. This song's rhythm guitar line makes me think of old 50s music -- it's repetitive, all major chords (for the most part), and it's the same rhythm all the way through the song (again, for the most part). It's not a bad song. 

The band apparently took a hiatus in 2014 because band members Cassie Ramone -- real name: Cassie Grzymkowski -- and Kevin Morby decided to focus on their solo careers more. Oddly enough, Cassie Ramone cites to The Ramones as one of her influences.

You don't say.

Cara Salimando is trying to make her name in music the newfangled old-fashioned way: building up a grassroots following by getting her music out to people. I say newfangled because there's a lot of the "do-it-yourself" feel that MySpace used to have for music about 10 years ago -- you know, back when there were actually people on MySpace and not the skeletal remains of profiles that are all probably porn bots.

This song sounds like it could have been an album extra on Taylor Swift's last album. It's poppy, and Cara's voice is very "sweet". There's nothing wrong with that, mind you. With a sweet sounding voice like that, though, I'd prefer a little more edge to it -- more like Luscious Jackson from 20 years ago ("Naked Eye" is what I was thinking of here).

Out of curiosity, I listened to "Dust" by Cara Salimando while typing this. The "sweet" part of her voice has faded, but I like the song more. It's got more of a lyrical edge and is a bit more wistful and darker. 

Not bad at all.

And finally:

Lord Huron is a Los Angeles "indie folk" band. It's a pretty good song, but it strikes me like a weird folk version of Enya or something. I'm not being critical by saying that -- Enya's "Orinoco Flow" had that expansive sound that made it sound, well, BIG. Enya did it orchestrally with big strings and such, but Lord Huron does it with a big percussion section -- you can hear the timpani in the musical breakdown as the "credits" roll at the end of the video.  

It's a pretty cool sound. 

Many thanks go out to Zippy Zappy for bringing a few of these songs to my attention.

But you can keep Franco.

Monday, October 17, 2016

P-Town Songs for P-Town Tom

Last week, I received an envelope from P-Town Tom with a note that said, in part, that he was emptying out his trade boxes. He added a postscript, though, that made me smile. He complimented my blog and said that it has "great music and lots of creative writing to go with all that research."

I'm blushing, Tom. I really am. 

I say that because I often feel that I ask a lot of my readers to wade through the long and often unfocused journey through my mental processes that lead me to highlight a card. Many times, a single word sends me down a rabbit trail, into the weeds, deep into the briars, over the river, and through the woods in ways that getting to Grandma's house would be a relief even if a big bad wolf was at the end of the trip. 

Tom has sent so many packages to me that I am now officially reaching for a theme. The thing is, though, that, with mailings from Tom, there has to be a theme of some sort because there are always so many cards that he sends. I like to highlight more than one or two, so it ends up almost more like a scanner dump than it does a real review of what he's sent. 

So, I came up with a theme. We've covered bands who are from Peoria, but what about songs that mention Peoria? Sure -- why not.

This song, "I Wish't I Was in Peoria," was apparently written in the early 1920s by Billy Rose and Mort Dixon and copyrighted for the first time in 1925. The guys in the video above are called The Banjo Kings. The person who posted this tagged this video as being taken on Main Street at Disney World.

Having never been to Disney World, I couldn't tell you about that. 

This is a pretty decent little ragtime ditty. Perhaps the funniest part is when about a minute into the song, some woman walks up to the band, stands next to the washboard percussionist and poses for a photo. What was that?

For some reason, the ragtime whimsy led me to put up these cards from the late 1990s. I guess it's just that the late 1990s gave us such ridiculous cards like that Burnitz Ionix (which is probably from 2000, but...) with 6 photos of Burnitz on it. Then there's that Black Diamond look which Panini's creative team apparently thought was the very pinnacle of baseball card making -- as opposed to the PInnacle Aficionado card of Dave Nilsson, of course.

Seriously, though, if you don't take these cards with a grain of salt and a pocketful of whimsy, you'll get angry at the fact that they actually still look better than some of the cards that Topps and Panini have been putting out the past few years.

At least I would. But I'm an angry person sometimes.

Now, for something far less uplifting. The band Songs: Ohia -- really just singer-songwriter Jason Molina -- was an indie band in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Some folks call it folk, some call it alt-country, and some call it indie rock. This song is called "Peoria Lunch Box Blues," and it features Molina's friend and fellow Secretly Canadian label mate Scout Niblett providing the vocals. 

This is truly a blues song without being "the Blues." It's atmospherically depressing, and the vocals lend to that atmosphere. Unfortunately, it's also appropriate, as Molina was an alcoholic who died on March 16, 2013 -- the result of alcohol abuse-related organ failure -- at the age of 39. 

None of the cards that Tom sent really go with that incredibly sad and depressing story, so let's go the other way:

The two top cards are the first Topps Chrome cards in my possession from this year. I kind of like that blue cracked ice parallel, though I hope me saying that doesn't encourage Topps to issue 7 different variations on that theme. Dear God Topps needs to scale it back with the parallels. 

The middle row features 2 1990 Fleer boxed set cards of PC members Dan Plesac and Robin Yount. Red borders look good on cards to me. Other than those Target parallels, has Topps ever used red borders? They should. But not as parallels.

The bottom row? Yes, I'm still working on Series 2 of Topps. It happens every year. I get fired up for Series 1 and even get into case breaks for them. Series 2 rolls around and I barely notice it.  The shiny card is Greg Vaughn's Denny's Grand Slam Upper Deck card. It scanned incredibly well. The actual card looks like a cheap mirror. 

I guess that's sort of depressing. 

Sometimes, these random searches unearth some true gems. This is not one of them.

The YouTube counter says this video for "the peoria song" by jeff govednik (hey, I'm respecting the poster's decision to hate capitalization) says that he has gotten 474 views of his song. It appears that this guy has a really cool basement or he's in a really clean, empty, well-lit bar. Every line in this song starts with "the stupid f**ks," so I'm guessing mr govednik really hates Peoria.

Maybe he should leave Peoria if it's that bad to him. There's a pretty big country out there. Heck, he could just move to Pekin.

I single stacked these cards to make them bigger. Some of these cards were made by card companies whose names probably should have also begun with "the stupid f**ks." 

Pinnacle, for example. What the sam hill is that Aficionado set? I may have said it before a few weeks ago when I got a Dave Nilsson from the same set, but that large, disintegrating profile shot on the right side may be the ugliest feature ever on a baseball card. 1995 Fleer is ugly as a concept, but Aficionado takes it to a whole new level. 

And what kind of name for a card set is "Aficionado" any way? Were they trying to capitalize on the whole cigar craze thing that got hot for about 6 months in the mid-1990s? You know, the whole Swingers phase, when annoying a-holes went around calling their friends "money" and calling women "beautiful babies"? Plus that movie was so ridiculous. There's no way that Heather Graham ever gives Jon Favreau her attorney business card, unless she felt compelled to do so since he bought her a drink.

Still, it may be better than simply repeating the same damn photo on the front of the card like Upper Deck did to Robin Yount.

See, I'm getting angry. Let's move on.

Okay, so that's actually an attempt by Bradley University to make Bradley seem hip-hop. In fact, it's literally an official video from Bradley. The singer/songwriter is Josiah Williams, a 2014 Theater Arts graduate from Bradley who grew up in Milwaukee.

So, at least he's got that going for him. 

The song is pretty upbeat and catchy. Maybe he'll rename himself Brad Ley to take a riff off his clear musical influence, Flo Rida.

The good thing is that this was upbeat, so it's perfect for the finale -- the rest of the cool cards that I wanted to showcase.

Let's start with the angry Ryan manurelic. It's cool because it's the retro logo. Otherwise, it's a pretty bad photo of Ryan Braun. 

The next card down is my first encounter with Bowman Platinum for 2016. Platinum was a Wal-Mart exclusive this year. Thanks to the way that the BP set was put together, you are looking at the one and only base set card for the Brewers. There are a few other cards from this set that I need, and it has the full panoply of Orlando Arcia autographs scattered in the inserts. It also features a "Top Prospects" set that includes Brett Phillips, Arcia, Trent Clark, and still-non-prospect David Denson. I'm on the lookout for those cards.

There's a wonderful 1979 O-Pee-Chee of Cecil Cooper that made me wonder if I had accidentally mixed up the cards from Angus and had forgotten to post this, but nope -- it came from the Flatlands.

Finally, the bottom row features an excellent Bill Schroeder autographed 1986 Topps cards and a Ben Sheets Gold Label card. The Gold Label features a pretty clearly airbrushed/ photoshopped uniform and hat logo -- and probably stirrups and socks as well, since his sanitary socks are looking a little powder blue there. 

And, the Schroeder autograph is great because I don't think I have any Schroeder autographs. Despite his being the TV color guy for many years in Milwaukee now, he was always a bit elusive and somewhat difficult when he was a player. From all impressions, he's a decent dude now though.

Tom, many thanks for the cards, and I hope you enjoyed this slice of music! 

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Hazed by Bowman

I never joined a fraternity in college. Shocking, I know, that a guy who collects baseball cards would not join a fraternity. For the most part, I actually stayed away from the frats at Vanderbilt because I really wasn't all that much into beer drinking in college. Sure, I'd drink mixed drinks without a problem. 

But fraternity beer was crappy stuff like Milwaukee's Best Light, so a taste was enough to convince me not to drink too much. Later -- like, the year after graduating from college -- when I had a little bit of money, I started enjoying beer drinking. I tend not to drink as much beer these days as I have in the past thanks to getting back into enjoying wine more and starting on gin instead. 

But, thanks to my non-fraternity background, I "missed out" on the indoctrination of fraternity hazing. Strangely enough, some people actually have posted a hazing song from their fraternity on YouTube, calling it a "Vintage Sigma Chi Hazing Song."

I don't get the appeal of it. Yeah, I guess it gives you an in with sorority girls, maybe. And maybe making a few friends you might not have otherwise made could be an appeal as well. Still, it seems puerile and obnoxious to need to rely on paying dues to hang out with your friends.

But, that might just be me.

Why am I talking about hazing? Because all around good guy John Hazen sent me some Bowman cards -- that's why. John sent me an email saying he had a few Bowman from 2008 and asked if I needed them. I like people who ask me that.

So, let's see what I got!

This Stephen Chapman is not a Christian singer, nor does he write for the Chicago Tribune, nor does he play soccer for Appalachian State University. This Stephen Chapman was the Brewers 6th Round pick in the 2004 draft out of Marianna High School in Marianna, Florida (which is pretty much due north of Panama City inland in Florida's panhandle). 

By 2008, he was 22 years old and had spent his 2007 season at West Virginia in the Sally League where he hit 24 HRs and slashed .262/.326/.501. His batting eye left something to be desired -- 36 BB and 137 Ks in 511 plate appearances. He spent 2008 in the Florida State League and struggled greatly hitting -- so much so that he was out of the Brewers organization and with the Reds for the 2009 season. 2009 is the last year that he has stats on Baseball Reference, so I'm pretty sure he's not playing organized baseball any more.

David Welch was born in Sydney, Australia in 1983. He was drafted by the Yankees in 2003 and did not sign. The Brewers then drafted him in the 20th round of the 2005 draft out of Texarkana College in Texas. He was old for his levels in 2005, 2006, and 2007 -- reaching the Florida State league in 2007. 

He moved up to Huntsville in 2008 and pitched okay but not great -- only a 1.86 K/BB ratio in 147-2/3 innings. He returned to Huntsville in 2009 and was named to the Australian Baseball World Cup Roster that year. But, in 2010, he found himself in independent baseball with Sioux City, Mexico City, and back in Sydney with the Blue Sox -- even throwing the first no-hitter in the playoffs in Aussie baseball history against the Adelaide Bite. That 2010 season was the last that Baseball Reference heard of him, and he retired on July 18, 2011.

I'm sensing an unhappy trend here.

Darren Ford was an 18th Round pick of the Brewers in 2004 out of Chipola College -- in Marianna, Florida, oddly enough. Ford actually made it to the major leagues with the San Francisco Giants in 2010 and 2011. His grandfather, Ted Ford, also played in the major leagues in the early 1970s.

His most accurate position really would be "pinch runner," it seems. In his minor league career spanning 12 seasons and counting (as he spent 2016 in Double-A and Triple-A with the Giants), he has racked up 4944 plate appearances and hit 58 homers. But, he has stolen 450 bases since 2005. Ford stole 18 bases in 61 games in 2005, 69 bases in 125 games in 2006, and 67 bases in 123 games in 2007. 

But, midway through the 2008 season, the Brewers traded him along with another minor leaguer (Steve Hammond) to the Giants to rent the skeletal remains of Ray Durham for the pennant chase. The Giants released him after the 2011 season. The Mariners signed him for a year and then let him go. Then, the Pirates had him for a season and let him go. Since 2014, he's been organizational depth for the Giants.

Last one:

Speaking of guys from baseball families, here's Cleveland outfielder Mike Brantley. Of course, his dad Mickey played for the Mariners from 1986 through 1989. Though he never played for the major league team, he spent a portion of 1990 and all of 1991 in the Milwaukee Brewers farm system at Triple-A Denver.

Mike also didn't make it to the major leagues with the Brewers. He was a 7th round draft pick out of high school from Fort Pierce, Florida (which is on the east coast of Florida in St. Lucie County). Brantley was the player to be named later in the trade that sent CC Sabathia to Milwaukee. While Matt LaPorta and Zach Jackson were thought to be the key players at the time, Brantley turned out to be the real gem.

Brantley missed most of 2016 thanks to having right shoulder surgery in May of 2016. It was a shame that the got hurt, as he appeared to be turning into a minor star in 2014 -- making the all-star game, finishing third in the MVP voting (behind Mike Trout and Victor Martinez), and winning the Silver Slugger Award. If the 2014 MVP voting was done on WAR, Brantley (6.8, of which 7.0 came from hitting and -0.2 for his defense) would have been 5th behind Trout (7.9 WAR and MVP), teammate Corey Kluber (7.4 WAR), Josh Donaldson (7.3) and Adrian Beltre (7.0). 

Many thanks go out to John "Purple" Hazen for these great cards -- I'll be putting a package together soon!