Daily Archives: March 5, 2009

The Fate Of The New York Yankees Rests Solely On This Guy….

Nope, not Derek Jeter.  Or Alex Rodriguez.  Or Hideki Matsui, C.C. Sabathia, AJ Burnett, Joba Chamberlain, or any of the other big name players for the Bronx Bombers.

I firmly believe that if the New York Yankees want to christen their new ballpark with a divisional championship and playoff berth, it all rests on the shoulder, literally, of Jorge Posada!!!

For most of the guys on the squad, you know exactly what you’re going to get each year.  Jeter will hit close to .300 and score 100 runs.  A-Rod will launch 35+ homers and drive in 120 runs.  Sabathia will give you 15+ wins and Burnett should follow a similar path.

The big question remaining is ‘What will Jorge Posada do this year?”  Coming off of a major surgery, Posada has a chance to lead the new Yankees pitching rotation, but can he hold up?  Pressure is nothing new to this guy so he should be mentally capable.  Hell, he’s won 3 World Series titles already with the Yankees.  But, he has never been more important than he is now, and he’s coming off a season in which he played in just 51 games due to injury.

Why do I think he’s more important now than ever before?  Well, it’s quite simple.  There are 3 reasons actually.  Reason #1 is that the Yankees have invested $14 million dollars in CC Sabathia and $16.5 million dollars in AJ Burnett for the 2009 season.  That’s $30 million for these 2 guys this year.  Jorge needs to lead these guys and be their anchor.  Reason #2 is that the Yankees have a significant drop-off in talent behind Posada.  Jose Molina is slated to be Jorge’s back-up behind the plate and he has yet to show that he can lead a pitching staff.  Can the Yankees add a more experienced back-up player if needed?  Yes.  But they tried that last season with Pudge Rodriguez and it didn’t help them reach their goals.  Reason #3 is that the Yankees are debuting in a new ballpark.  New ballparks mean new dimensions and new quirks.  These will have to be learned quickly and I expect that there will be quite a few unearned runs given up by the Yanks early in the season as they adjust to their new surroundings.

If Posada can master the art of working with these new and established pitchers after his shortened season from 2008, the Yankees are going to be in a great position to contend for the American League pennant.  And if he can come anywhere close to matching his offensive numbers from 2007 of .338/20/90, the Yankees are going to be flat-out dangerous!!!

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Player Collection Update!!

Due to a suggestion by Brad from the blog, Rickey Henderson Collectibles, I checked out www.sportslots.com.  Let me just say that I am really happy to have been introduced to this website.  I like Ebay, and I like Checkoutmycards.com, but I don’t need all of the fancy bells and whilstles that they offer when I am trying to secure a card for 10 cents.

I made a pretty nice sized purchase of 30+ cards and it arrived last night.  Oh, and my total bill was a hair under $9.00 from 2 sellers.  Not bad at all….  I added quite a few cards to my Rickey Henderson and Fergie Jenkins collections as well as a bunch of cards for some TTM requests.

I thought this would be as good of a time as any to display my current position for my player collections.

Player Total Owned Need % Owned
Billy Willams 41 22 19 54%
Fergie Jenkins 43 36 7 84%
Andre Dawson 49 47 2 96%
Dave Winfield 53 50 3 94%
Rickey Henderson 59 53 6 90%

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Chicago Cubs Greats Of The Game – Bruce Sutter

Chicago Cubs Greats Of The Game – Bruce Sutter

 This is card #6 of this set for me.  I am just a few key guys away from completing this wonderful looking subset of cards. 

Although Sutter’s career as a Cub was relatively short, he did contribute quite a bit.

In 5 seasons, Sutter recorded 133 saves and compiled a win-loss record of 32-30.  As a Cub, Sutter was a 4-time All-star and also won the Cy Young award in 1979.

I have to question why the manufacturer chose to go with a black and white photo for this card…  The Red, White, and Blue of the Cubs’ uniform would have worked perfectly with the overall design of this card.

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‘The 40/40 Club’ – 1980’s – Card #27

‘The 40/40 Club’ – 1980’s – Card #27

Curt Schilling – 1989 Donruss

Curt Schilling put up solid numbers while pitching for lackluster teams during the first half of his career.  Schilling spent the better part of his first 4 years in the league as a relief pitcher with the Baltimore Orioles and Houston Astros.  His work was sparse and the highest number of innings Curt pitched in a season for those teams was 76 in 1991.

That all changed when Curt was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies in 1992 and was immediately inserted into the starting rotation.  Schilling blossomed that year by pitching 226 innings while going 14-11.  In 1993 he continued to excel as he went 16-7 as he started 34 games for the Phillies.  Injuries kept Curt out of the rotation on and off for the next 3 seasons.  It wasn’t until the 1997 season that Curt was able to bounce back and start 35 games while posting a record of 17-11 which was good enough to place him in 4th for the Cy Young Award.  1997 was also the year that Schilling would earn his 1st of 7 All-star elections.

Curt Schilling was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2000, and he took his game to the next level.  In his first full season with the team in 2001, Curt went 22-6 while posting 293 strikeouts.  His season-long perfection earned him a 2nd place finish for the Cy Young Award.  Schilling also took the Diamondbacks to the World Series that year and was named World Series MVP alongside teammate Randy Johnson.  Schilling followed up his amazing ’01 campagin with another solid season in 2002 when he started 35 games and posted a 23-7 record while also collecting 316 K’s.  Another outstanding performance led to another 2nd place finish for Curt in the Cy Young balloting.

Schilling was traded to the Boston Red Sox in the off-season between the 2003 & 2004 seasons.  Curt responded quite well to his new surroundings as he went 21-6 for the Red Sox and collected his 3rd second place finish for the Cy Young award in 4 years.  He helped take the Red Sox to the World Series that year and was a key component to them winning their first championship in almost a century.  Wear and tear took it’s toll on Schilling and he was not himself after the ’04 season.  Innings were reduced, strikeouts dropped, and wins were less frequent. 

Schilling last played baseball in 2007 when he helped the Red Sox win another World Series title.  He has yet to announce his retirement from the game. 

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