Thursday, December 19, 2019

Josh Lindblom Of The Milwaukee Brewers

Josh Lindblom is returning to MLB after a couple seasons playing in Korea with the Lotte Giants and Doosan Bears.  He signed a three deal with the Milwaukee Brewers.

Lindblom was a second round pick of the Dodgers out of Purdue University back in 2008.  He spent seven seasons in the Dodgers, Phillies, Rangers and Athletics organizations (and getting into over 100 games in the majors) before heading to Korea for the 2015 season.  After two seasons with Lotte he returned to the US and the Pirates (who had selected him off waivers from Oakland in late 2014 but released him less than two weeks later so he could head to Korea) because his daughter had been born with a heart defect that required a couple surgeries.  He was back in Korea half way through the 2017 season though, rejoining Lotte in mid-July.  Following the 2017 season he joined the Doosan Bears and has been dominant with them the last two seasons, going 15-4 with a league leading 2.88 ERA in 2018 and 20-3 with a 2.50 ERA this past season.  In addition in 2019 he won a Korean Series with the Bears and was named KBO MVP.

If you pay any attention to Korean baseball cards then you already know that the card sets that have been issued in Korea since 2014 do not include any foreign players.  This means that none of the official KBO card sets include Lindblom.  However, there are some "unofficial" card sets that do - the "Foreign Attack" sets that Dan Skrezyna has published under his "Vittum" label.  Lindblom appears in the "2015" set (actually published in 2019), the "2016" set (published in 2017) and the "2017" set (published in 2018):

15 Vittum Foreign Attack #17

16 Vittum Foreign Attack #23

17 Vittum Foreign Attack #20
If you are interested in getting one of these cards, contact Dan at either his website or on Twitter to see if he still has any of the sets available.

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