Daily Archives: February 2, 2009

Tearing Through A Pack Of 2007 Topps Series 2 – Pack #3

 I received 4 packs of 2007 Topps Series 2 in the contest I won on the Autographed Cards blog.

Here are the results from Pack #3 

Gary Sheffield, Gustavo Chacin, Manny Acta, Hopper, Washington Nationals Team Card, and Matt Chico

At least I got a future Hall of Fame player in this bunch – Sheffield!


What Ever Happened To Lance Parrish???

Nicknamed ‘The Big Wheel’, Lance Parrish had an extremely solid 19-year baseball career. 

An 8-time All-star at catcher, Parrish was a well respected player around the league for his power hitting abilities and his defensive skill.  With 324 career home runs to his credit, Parrish crushed 20 or more home runs in 7 different seasons.  His strong bat and ability to drive in runs(he has 1,070 RBI) made Parrish a fan favorite during his playing days with the Detroit Tigers.  And with 3 Gold Glove awards to his credit, Parrish was a defensive force as well as the anchor for many Tigers’ pitching staffs.

Parrish’s lone offensive flaw was his ability to hit for average.  Keep in mind that 20 years ago there were not many, if any, catchers that were solid contact hitters.  For his career, Parrish has a .252 average and never hit higher than .286 in any one season.  But Parrish’s low batting average did not deter from his ability to drive the ball and score runs himself.  In his career, Lance Parrish has scored 856 runs.

Parrish’s lone trip to the playoffs came during the 1984 seasons.  The Tigers did very well and Parrish won his only World Series Championship that year.  In the World Series, his average actually improved as he batted .278 while blasting 1 home run and driving in 2 runs and scoring 3 himself in just that 5-game series.



Bruce Jenner Autograph Through The Mail Success

Bruce Jenner sent these great autographs back to me in just 22 days…  Well, they’re kind of great.  You see, when I send out cards in the mail requesting autographs, I put each card in a penny sleeve to protect the corners.  And although all 8 corners on these 2 cards are in perfect condition, it appears as if Jenner threw these cards back into the envelope a little too quickly which caused one to smudge pretty badly….


See what I mean???  The autographs look incredible, and I love the style and design of the cards but I cannot help but feel a little twisted on what to do next with these….  You see, I intended and still intend to give these cards to my sons when they can appreciate them and the athlete that Bruce Jenner was during his Olympic career.  I may have to try to find another one and re-send him a card.  As a dad, it would be impossible for me to hand the smudged card to one of my boys while giving my other son the perfect one.

“31 in 31” – The 1970’s – The Review

That was a lot of fun.  It was nice to go back and remember some cool stats about some of the players that don’t get much attention these days.

It was also really cool keeping tabs on how the readers felt about my rankings.  I certainly don’t expect everyone to agree with my picks, but that is also what makes this kind of thing fun for me.  I love to be educated on the topic of baseball and if that info comes from another blogger or reader of this site than I am more than excited to learn more.

I have to admit that the Mike Schmidt / Eddie Murray battle lasted for quite some time.  I changed my mind on this a few times as Schmidt was the more dynamic and defensively gifted player.  Had it not been for Murray’s excellence as a hitter for average, Schmidt would have certainly taken the prize.  In this case, 2nd place is not a terrible spot to be in.

Thank you to all of the people who kept up with this over the last 31 days.  ’31 in 31′ was a lot of fun and a little exhausting but I am extremely happy and proud of the end results.

And just in case you wanted to see the list again it is below for your reading pleasure.  I have also added a link on my page under ‘Categories’ if you ever want to look back at the write-ups I did on any of these talented players.

Enjoy!!!  I sure did…

January Rank Year Player
1 31 79 Carney Lansford
2 30 78` Lance Parrish
3 29 71 Dave Concepcion
4 28 76 Willie Randolplh
5 27 74 Ken Griffey, Sr. 
6 26 78 Jack Morris
7 25 78 Lou Whitaker
8 24 71 Don Baylor
9 23 75 Fred Lynn
10 22 71 George Foster
11 21 71 Steve Garvey
12 20 74 Dave Parker
13 19 75 Keith Hernandez
14 18 75 Jim Rice
15 17 70 Thurmon Munson
16 16 70 Vida Blue
17 15 77 Bruce Sutter
18 14 77 Dale Murphy
19 13 71 Bert Blyleven
20 12 77 Andre Dawson
21 11 76 Dennis Eckersley
22 10 75 Gary Carter
23 9 73 Rich Gossage
24 8 72 Carlton Fisk
25 7 74 Dave Winfield
26 6 79 Ozzie Smith
27 5 78 Robin Yount
28 4 75 Paul Molitor/Alan Trammell
29 3 75 George Brett
30 2 73 Mike Schmidt
31 1 78 Eddie Murray