Today's card of the day is number 543 in the 2003 Team Heroes set put out by Donruss. This card is something of a mystery to me.
Ramon Nivar himself is not really a mystery. His stats are pretty up front. In three seasons in the bigs from 2003 - 2005 he played in 42 games. All but the seven he played in 2005 were with Texas. His career batting average is .223 and his fielding percentage is .970. Both help explain why he couldn't quite make it stick in the majors.
Here then is the mystery. According to the back of the card Ramon didn't even make his major league debut until July 30, 2003. While his minor league stats are better than his ones with the parent club the question still begs to be asked; why was he considered a "team hero?" When I see the name of the set I expect to see players who have already impacted Rangers' baseball. The name seems to shout that the set includes established star players and bygone greats. Ramon might be a nice guy but he doesn't belong in either category.