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Just Some Of The Milestones I Will Be Watching For As The 2014 Baseball Season Gets Going

Just Some Of The Milestones I Will Be Watching For As The 2014 Baseball Season Gets Going

I watch a lot of baseball.  And while most of it is focused on my local team, I make sure to keep up to date as best that I can with what is going on around the league.

In addition to watching the players that I collect, I have a few milestones that I will be watching for as well.

These guys have put in a tremendous amount of work to get where they are and I plan on giving each of them a ‘Standing Ovation’ as they reach these baseball landmarks:

Adrian Beltre – 2,500 Hits.  As he enters his 17th big league season, Beltre has 2,426 career hits.


Alfonso Soriano – 400/300 Club.  Soriano already has eclipsed the 400-HR mark.  He is currently set at 288 steals.


Albert Pujols – 500 Home Runs.  Pujols enters his 14th major league season needing just 8 home runs to reach the magical number of 500.


Miguel Cabrera – 400 Home Runs.  As Miguel Cabrera enters his ‘Age 31′ season, he is poised to reach the 400-home run mark. He is currently at 365.


David Ortiz – 1,500 RBI.  David Ortiz enters the 2014 baseball season with 1,429 career RBI.  A solid season should easily net his 1,500th.


The season will be full of great moments, and each of these above players should be a big part of that.

Are there are milestones that you are paying special attention to as the season approaches?  If so, let me know what they are.

I am ready for the season to get going!!!

Did You Know…

The last player to hit over .400 during a complete major league baseball season and not win the batting title was Ty Cobb.  In 1922, Cobb hit .401 but he finished in second place for the batting crown to George Sisler’s mark of .420.

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Cal Ripken Jr. 2000 Fleer Tradition – 1981 Fleer Design

Cal Ripken Jr. 2000 Fleer Tradition – 1981 Fleer Design

Of all of the players that I ‘should’ collect, Cal Ripken is the guy whose name stands out the most.  In my opinion, Cal is the face of baseball for my generation.  And if I had to do it all over when I created this blog, I think that he would have been part of my original ‘Player Collection Roster’.

So, while I have never truly put focus into collecting his baseball cards, if I run across one I will give it some thought as it relates to adding it to my collection.

And that is exactly what I did when I recently ran into the card being featured below.  While shopping on Ebay with a seller that offered FREE combined shipping, I found this card of Cal and the unique and original look drew me in.

Check it out:



Featuring the same look as the 1981 Fleer baseball card, this shot of Ripken getting ready to take the field is superb.  I was immediately drawn to the card because of the vintage design that brings me back to my youth and it was the great image that made me add the card to my cart.


2011 Topps ‘Prime 9 Players Of The Week’ Redemption Set – Mickey Mantle

2011 Topps ‘Prime 9 Players Of The Week’ Redemption Set – Mickey Mantle

I had such a good time building the ‘Prime 9 – Home Run Legends’ set that as soon as it was completed, I jumped right into the ‘Prime 9 – Players Of The Week’ set.

The set was issued in the same manner – through exclusive redemption cards that could only be processed through hobby shops.

The set is ten cards deep, and features a great graphic display as well as a super-glossy finish.

This is the Mickey Mantle card from the set:

Prme Mantle

The back of the card features ’9 Prime’ facts about Mickey Mantle.

A few of my favorites are:

  • Taught to switch-hit by father at age five
  • Turned down football scholarship at Oklahoma
  • Began pro career as a shortstop
  • Triple Crown winner in 1956
  • 3-time AL MVP
  • 12 World Series appearances with 7 Titles won
  • All-time leader in HR for switch-hitter with 536

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Cal Ripken, Jr.

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Cal Ripken, Jr.

With the new 2013 Topps Archives baseball card set release, the ‘Mini Tallboys’ subset is easily one of the best parts of the issue.

The cards from this subset offer a very basic, but throwback feel that screams vintage. The set is 40 cards deep and offers a nice mixture of current players, stars from the 1980′s, and Hall of Fame legends.

This is the card of Cal Ripken, Jr. from the set:



Cal Ripken is a timeless player.  Of the many players that starred and excelled during the 1980′s, I feel like Ripken is one of the few that could have performed at the same level in other eras.  Ripken was a solid contact hitter, with the ability to deliver with power when needed.  His defense, for a big guy, was superb, and he had decent range while not being known as a speedy player.

Ripken is also known to be a fantastic teammate – and that trait is ageless!!

1982 HEADLINE: Cal Ripken Jr. Captures The American League Rookie Of The Year Award

1982 HEADLINE: Cal Ripken Jr. Captures The American League Rookie Of The Year Award

On this day in 1982, Cal Ripken was awarded with the American League’s Rookie of the Year Award.

He collected 24/28 first place votes outdistanced Kent Hrbek of the Twins by a great margin.

His numbers from that impressive debut campaign include – 158 hits, .264 batting average, 32 doubles, 5 triples, 28 home runs, 90 runs scored, 93 RBI, and the start of an amazing hitting streak!!!

Happy Anniversary Cal!!!

Did You Know…

Babe Ruth hit his first National League home run, and 709th overall, off of future Hall of Fame pitcher Carl Hubbell on April 16, 1935.

Babe Ruth

2012 Topps ‘Prime 9′ Home Run Legends Redemption Set – Babe Ruth

2012 Topps ‘Prime 9′ Home Run Legends Redemption Set – Babe Ruth

The 2012 Topps ‘Prime 9′ sets were issued through redemption cards that were inserted into hobby boxes of the Topps 2012 flagship baseball card set.  The cards were numbered and each card represented a specific card it could be redeemed for.

These special insert cards were redeemable only through hobby shops and Topps made these cards available for redemption on a very limited basis.

The card’s design is great, and I have been a fan ever since seeing them.  The high-gloss finish is unlike any that I have seen before and I like the fact that Topps rewards the baseball card business owner with such a nice, exclusive offer.

This is the Babe Ruth card from the set:



Some interesting Babe Ruth Home Run facts:

  • 499 versus right-handers, 215 versus lefties
  • 367 on the road, 347 at home
  • 123 against Detroit is most versus any single team
  • 85 most at visiting ballpark
  • only 70 games with 2 home runs and just 2 with 3 in the same game
  • 349 solo home runs
  • 133 came in first inning of a game, most of any inning

‘Hall Of Fame Debate’ – Harmon Killebrew VS Jim Thome

‘Hall Of Fame Debate’ – Harmon Killebrew VS Jim Thome

Ok guys, I promise that this week’s ‘Hall of Fame Debate’ will get us back on track after last week’s debacle.

This time around, we’re going to judge two players with very similar skill sets that played two era apart from one another – Harmon Killebrew & Jim Thome.

Both players are most known for their abilities to deliver the longball, and while Thome’s career number is higher than Killebrew’s there is enough in their stats to put the two into a head-to-head battle.

So, that is exactly what I’ll do.

First – the numbers:

Killebrew Thome
Seasons 22 22
Games 2,435 2,543
Hits 2,086 2,328
200 Hit Seasons 0 0
150-199 Hit Seasons 4 4
Batting Average 0.256 0.276
.300+ Seasons 1 3
Batting Titles 0 0
On-Base % 0.376 0.402
Walks Drawn 1559 1747
Strikeouts 1699 2548
Doubles 290 451
Triples 24 26
Home Runs 573 612
30-39 HR Seasons 2 6
40+ HR Seasons 8 6
Stolen Bases 19 19
Runs Scored 1,283 1,583
100-Run Seasons 2 8
RBI 1,584 1,699
100-RBI Seasons 9 9
All-Star 11 5
Gold Glove - 0
Silver Slugger - 1
ROY 0 0
MVP 1 0
Postseasons 3 10
WS Titles 0 0

The standouts (for me):

  1. Killebrew’s very low number of career hits versus games played
  2. Both players offered very low single season hit tallies
  3. Thome’s .402 on-base percentage
  4. Thome has 850 more strikeouts in 100 more games
  5. Thome’s doubles
  6. Killebrew’s low number of 30-39 HR Seasons
  7. Killebrew’s impressive run of 40-HR Seasons
  8. Thome scored a lot more runs
  9. Thome’s lack of All-Star selections
  10. Thome’s 10 postseason appearances

Wow, this one is going to be tough.  And it is even tougher when I witnessed the full career of one player and never saw the other player play in a single game.

This time around, I will have to let the numbers do the talking…

And for me, the numbers give a slight edge to Jim Thome.

When I examine the careers of these two players, it is obvious that each of them was in the lineup to offer offense.  And Jim Thome did that.  And he did it at a greater rate.  Thome scored 300 more runs than Killebrew and he also scored 100 or more runs in eight different seasons.  His home run tally was a little higher than that of Killebrew’s but for me it was the 12 seasons of 30+ over Killebrew’s 10 that stood out.  Thome also delivered a lot more doubles (which can speak to the ballparks he played in) and a much higher on-base percentage.

On the negative side, Thome struck out 850 more times than Killebrew – that is simply awful.  He was also selected as an All-Star just five times while Killebrew made the All-Star team eleven times in an era packed with elite players in the outfield.  Thome was never a ROY or MVP, but he did participate in ten postseasons while Killebrew just made 3.

Ultimately, I went with Thome for two reasons: Run scoring & On-Base percentage.


So, who gets your vote in the battle of ’500-HR Club’ members?

Cast your vote now!!

Happy Birthday Mickey Mantle!!

Happy Birthday Mickey Mantle!!

Today we celebrate Mickey Mantle’s birthday.

And while I am way too young too pass around first-hand stories about watching ‘The Mick’  roam around center field for the New York Yankees, I do have the next best thing.  You see, my dad is from the Bronx and spent much of his youth with his older brother in and around Yankee Stadium.  Back when baseball was the sport of choice for America’s youth, my dad and uncle and thousands of other kids around the New York area worshiped Mickey Mantle.

The stories that have been shared with me are priceless.  Sneaking into the stadium or ditching classes early to catch playoff games on the radio.  And the players that they got to see and follow are as historic as they get, with Mickey Mantle leading the way!!!

So on this day, the entire ’30-YOC’ family wishes Mr. Mickey Mantle a Happy Birthday!!!