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Happy Birthday Paul Molitor!!!

Happy Birthday Paul Molitor!!!

Paul Molitor turns 56 years old today.

Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2004, Paul Molitor had a brilliant 21-year career.  Never getting the opportunity to showcase his talents in front of a consistently large crowd, Molitor spent most of his career as an unheralded superstar.

With 3,316 career hits and a lifetime batting average of .306 Paul Molitor is one of the greatest hitters of the last 40 years.  For a player that was not classified as a ‘power hitter’ Molitor quietly bashed 234 home runs.  And while also never being classified as a ‘speedster’, Paul also accumulated 504 stolen bases.  This multi-dimensional player was a 7-time All-star, and he won 4 Silver Slugger awards as well.  Molitor finished in the Top 20 for the MVP award 9 times over the course of his career where his highest finish was coming in at 2nd place in 1993.

Happy Birthday Mr. Molitor!!!

1982 HEADLINE: Rollie Fingers Captures Career Save #300

1982 HEADLINE: Rollie Fingers Captures Career Save #300

On this day in 1982, Rollie Fingers captured the 300th save of his major league baseball career.

Coming off of a Cy Young and MVP season in 1981, Fingers and the Brewers were riding high in 1982.  And as the team led their division heading into the last month of the season, several of the Brewers’ top players were performing at their peak – Fingers included.

On this night, in Seattle and in front of 20,000 fans, Fingers added another baseball milestone to his already impressive resume.  Save #300 came as he preserved the 3-2 victory over the Mariners.

Fingers’ stat line looked like this – 2 innings pitched, 3 hits allowed, 2 runs allowed, and 1 strikeout.  Not the most impressive stuff on this night, but a victory and a save nonetheless.

Happy Anniversary Mr. Rollie Fingers!!!

Happy Birthday Craig Counsell!!!

Happy Birthday Craig Counsell!!!

Amazingly, Craig Counsell celebrates his 44th birthday today.

For all of us Florida Marlins fans, we celebrate Craig today and take a minute to remember and enjoy the memory of the game winning run that he scored in extra innings in Game 7 giving us our first World Series title in 1997.

That hit by Edgar Rentaria and run by Craig Counsell are undoubtedly the most important and meaningful moments in Marlins history!!!

Happy Birthday Craig!!!

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Did You Know…

Two members of the Milwaukee Brewers stole 40 or more bases during the 1992 baseball season.  Pat Listach led the club with 51 steals and Darryl Hamilton swiped 41.

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1975 Topps Set Card 216/660 – #346 – Bobby Darwin, Twins

1975 Topps Set Card 216/660 – #346 – Bobby Darwin, Twins

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Player Name:  Bobby Darwin

Team:  Minnesota Twins

Position:  Outfield

Image Style:  Posed Batting

Years In The Major Leagues:  9 seasons, 1962, 1969, 1971-77

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Bobby Darwin played in 103 games during the 1975 baseball season, splitting time between the Minnesota Twins and the Milwaukee Brewers.  He hit a combined .234 on the year with 83 hits in 355 at-bats.  Of his 83 hits, Darwin connected for 12 doubles, 2 triples, 13 home runs, and 56 singles.  He scored a combined 45 runs in ’75 while also driving in 41.

Notes From Career:  Bobby Darwin played for six different teams during his 9-year major league career.  Darwin is a career .251 hitter with 559 hits on his resume.  Darwin led the leagues in strikeouts during three consecutive seasons with 145 in 1972, 137 in 1973, and 127 in 1974.

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Did You Know…

The only hitter in Milwaukee Brewers franchise history to walk more than 100 times in a single season is Prince Fielder.  And he had accomplished that feat three times:  110 walks in 2009, 114 in 2010, and 107 in 2011.

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Happy Birthday CC Sabathia!!!

Happy Birthday CC Sabathia!!!

CC Sabathia turns 34 years old today.

Always the bridesmaid, never the bride, CC Sabathia always ranks as on the sport’s great pitchers, but he never quit gets the credit from the media for the tremendous efforts he has put into his 14+ season career.

Winning games at a 64% clip, Sabathia is a 6-time All-star and has won at least 13 games in 11 of his 14 seasons.

A dominant pitcher with very good control, CC hovers around the 2.8 K:walk ratio on a regular basis. And with a World Series championship under his belt, it should not be long before talk of him being one of the best of his generation starts.

It sounds like CC will be put on the shelf for the remainder of the 2014 baseball season.  Hopefully he can recover from his injuries and return to All-Star form in 2015.

Happy Birthday CC!!!!

CC Sabathia 2014 Topps Series 1 Subset – ‘Super Veterans’

CC Sabathia 2014 Topps Series 1 Subset – ‘Super Veterans’

When I got back into the hobby of baseball card collecting in the summer of 2008, my goal was to pay homage to the players that helped build my love for the game and the hobby.

The first subset I put together that helped me with that cause was the ‘Super Veterans’ subset from the 1983 Topps baseball card set.  This set is a beauty and it highlights the true legends of the game as their careers were winding down.

For the last few years, I have actively been begging Topps to bring this subset back and pay honor to today’s ‘Super Veterans’.  And while I cannot confirm that they obliged my request, I was very excited to see that a 15-card ‘Super Veterans’ subset was part of the 2014 Topps Series 1 release.

I am building the set now.  Here is the card of CC Sabathia:

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While he has been shut down for most of the 2014 baseball season due to injury, CC Sabathia entered the season with a very solid resume.

A 14-year veteran, Sabathia has a career record of 208-119 with a win percentage of .636.  He has 37 complete games to his credit with 12 shutouts.  Sabathia could be a future member of the ‘3000 Strikeouts Club’ as he has registered 2,437 strikeouts in 2,281 innings of work.  He has a career ERA of 3.63 and a K’s per nine innings ratio of 7.8.

CC Sabathia has been selected as an All-Star six times.  He captured the AL Cy Young Award in 2007 with the Indians and has four more Top 5 finishes on his resume.  Sabathia was a member of the 2009 World Series championship winning New York Yankees.

Did You Know…

The Milwaukee Brewers had two pitchers appear in 75 games or more during the 2012 baseball season.  Francisco Rodriguez appeared in 78, and John Axford was close behind him with 75.

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1975 Topps Set Card 129/660 – #99 – Mike Hegan, Brewers

1975 Topps Set Card 129/660 – #99 – Mike Hegan, Brewers

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Player Name:  Mike Hegan

Team:  Milwaukee Brewers

Position:  1st Base, Outfield

Image Style:  Posed Batting

Years In The Major Leagues:  12 seasons, 1964, 1966-67, 1969-77

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Hegan appeared in 93 games for the Brewers during the 1975 baseball season.  He hit .251 for the club which included 11 doubles and 5 home runs.  Hegan drove in 22 runs for the Brewers and also scored 19 runs.

Notes From Career:  Mike Hegan was a 1-time All-Star during his 12 year major league career.  Hegan was a career .242 hitter and has 504 hits on his resume.  Hegan connected for 53 home runs during his playing days while also being responsible for 229 RBI and scoring 281 runs.  Hegan was a member of the 1972 World Series winning Oakland Athletics.

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