The countdown continues, as we now enter the top 10...
No. 10 -- Nyjer Morgan, #157
If ever there were a facial expression appropriate for a ballplayer, card No. 157 of 2012 Topps Heritage perfectly captures the essence of the man who calls himself Tony Plush with this mugshot.
The clenched-teeth snarl and almost cartoonish contortions of the neck -- and let us not ignore the perfectly cast shadow over a pair of possessed eyes -- speak to a persona that is equal parts absurd and fiery. Simply, he is demonic looking.
A quick Wikipedia search of Morgan revealed a pair of interesting factoids. Firstly, he was born July 2, 1980, exactly one day before your humble author. Secondly, I see that he's identified as an outfielder for Yokohama of the Japanese Central League. Am I the only one not familiar with the latter?
Anyhow, this card carries a great deal of importance in his set, as it lends a bit of levity to what otherwise is a pretty straight-forward and milquetoast collection of characters.
Still, because he's such a bad apple, I couldn't slot Nyjer any higher than the 10 spot. And he's lucky he got that!
Hey, I never said this list was gonna be completely objective.
The Top 12
12 -- David Wright (SP), #467
11 -- Kosuke Fukodome, #248
10 -- Nyjer Morgan, #137