Daily Archives: January 8, 2009

12 Autograph Requests Have Been Mailed!!!

I am very eager to see how this goes.  This morning I dropped off 12 envelopes for 11 baseball players and 1 Olympic hero.  I’m sending these autograph requests to Hall of Famers, All-stars, Sentimental favorites, and heroes of my childhood.

The guys – Mike Lowell, Mike Mussina, Pete Rose, Duke Snider, Stan Musial, Bruce Jenner, Bobby Doerr, Sparky Anderson, Mike Cameron, Al Kaline, Josh Hamilton, and Ron Santo.

I’ll be sure to keep you updated on how this pursuit goes…  Any guesses on who will be the first one back to my house with a successful signature???

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“That Guy” #3

 “That Guy” #3 – Cecil Fielder

I cannot think of another player whose career began in the 1980’s that had the effect of being shot out of a cannon they way that Cecil Fielder’s did.

Cecil Fielder debuted in 1985 and played his first 4 major league seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays.  In 4 seasons, he was only able to get into 220 games largely due to Toronto having a slugging first baseman named Fred McGriff.  You may have heard of him…

In those first 220 games, Fielder hit 31 home runs and drove in 84 RBI. 

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 With little to show for his 4 years worth of effort, Fielder left the US and went to Japan to play baseball.  ‘Big Daddy’ spent the 1989 season playing for the Hanshin Tigers.  Earning more money and getting a chance to play daily aided Fielder as he hit 38 home runs in his debut season in Japan.  Fielder once again drew the interest of major league baseball teams back in the states and was signed with the Detroit Tigers for the 1990 season.

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BAM!!!!!!  Upon his return, Cecil’s performance took off like a rocket.  In his first season in Detroit, Fielder played in 159 games while launching 51 home runs and tallying 132 RBI.  From out of nowhere, he went from a second string player to the runner-up for the MVP award.  And to show that it was not a fluke, Fielder hit another 44 hone runs in 1991.  Cecil Fielder madness was upon us and again he earned his second straight 2nd place finish for the league’s MVP award.  In 6 1/2 seasons as a Tiger, Fielder belted 245 home runs and became one of the league’s brightest stars and biggest(literally) attractions.

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As a member of the New York Yankees in 1996, Fielder won a World Series championship.  Fielder was incredible during the ‘Fall Classic’ where he hit an amazing .391.

‘Big Daddy’ ended his career in 1998 after 13 seasons.  He finished with an incredible 319 home runs in 5,157 at bats – which is 1 per every 16 trips to the plate.  Cecil Fielder put on a show that baseball fans would enjoy and remember for years to come.

“31 in 31” – The 1970’s – Card #24

 “31 in 31” – The 1970’s – Card #24

Don Baylor – 1971 Topps – #709

Don Baylor defines what a power hitter is.  Known for driving the ball out of the ballpark farther than most of his teammates or competitors, Baylor was a big draw in the game during the 1970’s and 80’s.  As a major league player for 19 seasons, Baylor finished his career with a .260 batting average while hitting 338 home runs and driving in 1,276 runs.  Like most power hitters, Baylor struck out quite a bit, and ended his career with 1,069 strikeouts.  Baylor’s best season came in 1979 when he won the Most Valuable Player award.  In the ’79 season, Baylor hit .296 while belting 36 homers and driving in 139 runs.  Baylor played in 3 consecutive World Series match-ups in the late 80’s for 3 different teams.  In 1986 he played as a member of the Red Sox, ’87 with the Twins, and ’88 with the A’s – ultimately he won just one title with the Oakland A’s in 1988.

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