2012 Bowman Baseball Best Players of All Time

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2012 Bowman Baseball is a series of trading cards produced by Topps. It features the top players in Major League Baseball and was released in late 2011. This set includes some of baseball’s biggest names, both veterans and rookies, including Miguel Cabrera, Andrew McCutchen, Yu Darvish and Bryce Harper. Cards from this set are highly sought after due to their scarcity as well as their attractive design featuring high-quality photography on glossy card stock with chrome borders that feature team logos or player images. Collectors can find autographed versions of select cards from 2012 Bowman Baseball which add value to these already valuable cards

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1. Jarrod Parker

Oakland Athletics

Jarrod Parker

Parker is a pitcher for the Oakland Athletics. He was drafted by the A's in 2006 and made his debut with them in 2008. Parker has had some good seasons, but he has also had some bad ones; however, he is still considered a valuable part of the team.

In 2016, Parker had his best season yet, leading the league in strikeouts while posting a 3-0 record and 1.93 ERA through 34 innings pitched. 

As long as he can stay healthy, Parker will continue to be an important part of any team that drafts him or signs him to a contract Parker made his MLB debut with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2011 and played for Oakland from 2012-2013.

Parker had a successful career as a starting pitcher, compiling an overall win-loss record of 25-16 with an earned run average of 3.68 and 275 strikeouts. His best season came in 2013 when he won 13 games while posting a 2.78 ERA and striking out 203 batters in innings pitched. 

After playing his final MLB game on September 28th, Parker will move onto coaching where he will work as pitching coach for the United States national team at the 2017 World Baseball Classic tournament later this year.

2. Yoenis Céspedes

Alazanes de Granma

Yoenis Céspedes Career

  • 2× All-Star (2014, 2016), Gold Glove Award (2015), Silver Slugger Award (2016)

Yoenis Céspedes is an outfielder for the New York Mets. He was born in Cuba on October 18, 1985 and played for the Cuban national baseball team before defecting to MLB in 2012.

In his first season with Oakland, he hit .273 with 165 home runs and 528 RBIs. Since then, he has had success with the Mets, winning a World Series title in 2015 and earning second-team All-Star honors both seasons since joining them as a free agent in 2020.

Céspedes also throws right-handed but bats lefty due to rules against foreign players on teams during Spring Training; this causes some controversy among Yankee fans who believe that Aaron Judge should have won MVP last year instead of Giancarlo Stanton given their dominance at DH (Judge batted right handed).

At 37 years old, Yoenis Céspedes is still one of the most potent hitters in all of MLB and could continue playing at an elite level well into his 40s if he stays healthy.

3. Tommy Hanson

Atlanta Braves

Tommy Hanson

Hanson was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma on August 28th 1986. Hanson played for the Atlanta Braves from 2009-2015, during which time he made a total of 159 appearances and posted an overall record of 36-30 with a 3.92 ERA.

Hanson died unexpectedly on November 9th 2015 at the age of 29 after suffering from an apparent heart attack while playing in a game for the Sacramento River Cats in California. 

Tommy Hanson was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the first round of the 2009 MLB Draft.

Hanson made his major league debut with the Braves on June 7, 2009. Hanson played for two seasons with the Braves before being traded to the Angels in 2012.

In 2013, Hanson had a breakout season with Los Angeles and was named an All-Star starter. The following year, however, injuries limited him to just 12 games and he was released by Angelos in September of that year..

Since then, Tommy has spent time playing overseas before signing with Oakland Athletics earlier this year.

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4. Jeremy Hellickson

Tampa Bay Rays

Jeremy Hellickson Career

  • AL Rookie of the Year (2011), Gold Glove Award (2012)

Jeremy Hellickson had a successful MLB career, with an overall record of 76-75. He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in 2010 and made his debut that season.

In 2019, he retired from baseball after appearing in just two games for the Washington Nationals. Hellickson is known for his strong strikeout rate, which reached 929 during his time in the MLB.

Outside of playing baseball, Jeremy Hellickson also has a degree in business administration from Southern Methodist University . He currently resides in Dallas , Texas with his wife and two children Jeremy Hellickson is a starting pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles.

He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in 2010 and made his debut with them in 2011. In 2012, he was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks where he stayed until 2014 when he was traded to Philadelphia Phillies. 

In 2016-2017, Jeremy Hellickson played for Washington Nationals before joining Baltimore Orioles in 2017 season as their starter which proved to be successful as he won two Silver Sluggers Awards (2017, 2018).

Jeremy Hellickson will soon turn 30 years old and is currently one of best pitchers in baseball league.

5. Jered Weaver

Los Angeles Angels

Jered Weaver Career

  • 3× All-Star (2010–2012), 2× AL wins leader (2012, 2014), MLB strikeout leader (2010), Golden Spikes Award (2004), Dick Howser Trophy (2004), Pitched a no-hitter on May 2, 2012

Jered Weaver was born in 1982, and is currently 40 years old. He made his MLB debut with the Angels in 2006 and has since played for the Padres and Angels.

Jered Weaver has a win-loss record of 150-98, with an ERA of 3.63 and 1,621 strikeouts over 13 seasons in MLB. In 2017, Weaver announced his retirement from baseball after 16 seasons in the league.

Weaver started his professional baseball career with the Angels in 2006. Weaver was an All-Star for three consecutive seasons (2010-2012) and led the AL in wins twice. He was also a strikeout leader, earning him the nickname "Jered K" among fans and players alike.

In 2012, he pitched a no-hitter against the Texas Rangers on May 2nd which is still ranked as one of the top pitching performances in MLB history. 

The following year, he signed with San Diego Padres where he continued to pitch well until his retirement at the season's end in 2017 after 11 years of playing professionally.

6. Brennan Boesch

Detroit Tigers

Brennan Boesch

Brennan Boesch was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 2nd round of the 2003 amateur draft. 

He made his MLB debut with the Tigers in 2011 and has since played for the Houston Astros, Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and most recently, the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Brennan is a switch hitter who bats left-handed but throws right-handed. He has hit over .300 five times in his career and has been an all-star twice (2011 with Detroit and 2014 with Houston). 

In 2017 he signed a two year deal with Arizona worth $24 million dollars which made him one of baseball's highest paid players at that point in time.

On July 26th 2018 Brennan underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder after being injured while playing for Arizona against San Diego on July 24th - he is expected to miss up to 12 months of action as a result 6.

7. Dan Uggla

Miami Marlins

Dan Uggla Career

  • 3× All-Star (2006, 2008, 2012), Silver Slugger Award (2010)

Dan Uggla is a second baseman who has played in the MLB for 10 seasons. He was drafted by the Marlins in 2006 and made his MLB debut with them that year.

After playing for Florida and the Nationals, he retired at the end of 2015. Dan Uggla is known as a good defensive player, particularly when it comes to his throwing arm which allows him to make difficult throws on the run or from close range.

In terms of hitting, Dan Uggla has had some success throughout his career but never achieved consistent production like many other high-profile hitters have done over time in Major League Baseball (MLB). 

He currently holds career averages of .247/.314/.422 with 84 home runs and 389 RBIs in 1010 games played Dan Uggla is a three-time All-Star and Silver Slugger Award winner with the Florida Marlins.

He was traded from the Atlanta Braves to the San Francisco Giants in 2014, and then to Washington Nationals in 2015. Dan Uggla has had some success at bat, batting an average of .241 with 235 home runs and 607 RBIs in 1,284 games played over 10 seasons.

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8. Matt Garza

Milwaukee Brewers

Matt Garza Career

  • ALCS MVP (2008), Pitched a no-hitter on July 26, 2010

Matt Garza is a right-handed pitcher who has spent his entire MLB career with the Milwaukee Brewers. Matt Garza was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 2nd round of the 2002 amateur draft and made his MLB debut with them that year.

He has since pitched for several other teams but is most notable for having played for the Milwaukee Brewers from 2006 to 2017.

While he may not have had as successful a career as some pitchers do, Matt Garza is still regarded highly by both fans and teammates alike due to his hard work on the field and strong character off it.

After leaving baseball following the 2017 season, Matt Garza plans to pursue a new hobby - golfing. Matt Garza is a pitcher for the Milwaukee Brewers. 

He has played in nine MLB seasons and has a win-loss record of 93-106 with an ERA of 4.09. Garza was named the ALCS MVP in 2008 after leading his team to victory over the Texas Rangers.

In 2010, he pitched a no-hitter against the Tampa Bay Rays which remains one of only three in major league history (alongside Sandy Koufax and Randy Johnson). 

Garza was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in 2006 but did not make his debut until 2007 due to injury; he spent two years with them before being traded to Tampa Bay midway through the 2008 season.

9. Tyler Pastornicky

Gwinnett Stripers

Tyler Pastornicky

Tyler Pastornicky is a shortstop and second baseman who has played in the MLB for Atlanta Braves. Tyler Pastornicky was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 6th round of the 2006 draft.

He made his MLB debut with Atlanta Braves on April 5, 2012. In 2013, he had season-highs of 11 hits and 12 runs batted in (RBI). 

After playing 2 seasons with Atlanta, he signed a one-year contract with Philadelphia Phillies on July 25, 2014 but did not play any games for them before being released at the end of spring training 2015 without appearing in a game for any team again.

After that year's spring training ended up being his last professional baseball experience altogether due to an injury which required surgery ending his career prematurely as it looked like this might be something permanent according to multiple reports from different outlets including ESPN Stats & Info.

Bleacher Report and more; however there have been unconfirmed reports since then indicating that he could still potentially return to competitive baseball if everything goes well during rehabilitation. 

After retiring from professional baseball following injuries sustained while rehabbing post surgery, Pastornick moved back home where he now coaches high school football and helps manage several youth sports teams outside of coaching football himself professionally or semi-professionally.

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