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Sox’ Betts, Ortiz Among 2017 Topps #1 Card Nominees

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Red Sox fans now have the opportunity to help make one of their two favorite players the face of baseball — or at least the face of Topps baseball cards, for 2017.

Mookie Betts, whose huge 2016 campaign has him as one of the A.L. MVP favorites, and retiring hero David Ortiz are two of 16 players nominated by the card company to be its iconic #1 card in Series One in 2017. Voting on the Topps Blog (click here to vote) began this week and continues through Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 11:59 p.m. Fans will be able to either “retweet” or “like” a tweet assigned to each of the sixteen nominees which will count as a vote. Thousands of online votes poured in last year, with Mike Trout the eventual Card No. 1 winner.

mookie-betts-topps-nowPrevious players to achieve this prestigious honor in consecutive years include Ted Williams (1957-58), Hank Aaron (1973-76), Nolan Ryan (1990-92), Alex Rodriguez (2005-06 & 2008-09), and most recently Ryan Braun (2011-12).

Betts had his breakout season in Boston, as the 23 year old slashed .318/.363/.534 with 31 home runs patrolling the spacious Fenway Park right field as one of the league’s top outfielders. Ortiz completed a 20-year MLB career with one of his finest seasons, hittind .315 with a league-high 48 doubles, 38 home runs and a circuit-best 127 RBI.

The list of 2017 Topps Baseball Card No. 1 nominees:

Adrian Beltre
Mookie Betts
Kris Bryant
Miguel Cabrera
Carlos Correa
Josh Donaldson
Bryce Harper
Clayton Kershaw
Francisco Lindor
Manny Machado
Yadier Molina
David Ortiz
Buster Posey
Gary Sanchez
Corey Seager
Mike Trout

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