Daily Archives: March 27, 2009

Introducing ‘The Maybin-Meter’

I am proud to introduce a new feature to you – ‘The Maybin-Meter’. 

What is the ‘Maybin-Meter’??  Well, back during my days of living in Chicago there was a player that was loved by the fans.  He was a hard working player that played each and every game like it was his last.  That player?  Shawon Dunston.  The fans created the ‘Shawon-O-Meter’ and brought it to each and every game at Wrigley Field.  They took Shawon in as their player and honored each at bat as they tracked his progress as the plate.

I will do that now for Cameron Maybin, even if it is through this virtual world.  This new page will keep track of some very important stats that the Fllorida Marlins need Maybin to excel at.  I will track these stats on a daily basis and hope to build as strong of a following on the site as those fans built in the stands for their beloved player.

I wish Cameron all of the success in the world for the upcoming season.  I’ll be right there alongside him as we travel through the 2009 season together!!

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Do you have a local player that doesn’t get national spotlight that you want the share with the rest of us??  If so, I encourage you to follow suit and teach us a little about a player that normally would not get this kind of attention.

The Marlins first game is April 6, so check back often to see how Cameron Maybin is performing courtesy of ‘The Maybin-Meter’.

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Flipping A TTM Autograph Success Over To Ron Cey…

If you visited the blog yesterday you saw that I received 3 autographed Steve Trout cards in the mail.  Amongst them was a 1987 team leaders cards with Cubs third baseman Ron Cey. 

This is the first multi-player card that I have gotten signed so I thought it would be cool to see if Ron Cey would do me the honor one more time of signing a few cards for me.  I found another card, his ’85 Topps one, in my collection so I am going to throw that into the envelope as well.

If this works, it could open up a new realm of possibilities in the TTM game.  I have never thought about sending multi-player cards out for autographs but this looks like it could be an interesting subset to my autograph collection.

Wish me luck… 

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‘The 40/40 Club’ – 1980’s – Card #5

‘The 40/40 Club’ – 1980’s – Card #5

Rickey Henderson – 1980 Topps

Rickey Henderson is easily the flashiest player to debut during the 1980’s.  With a smile and charisma that was unmatched, everyone stayed tuned when Rickey was at the plate.  And for very good reason…

Rickey Henderson is a heart-breaker.  81 times in his career, he has started the game with a lead-off home run.  He has delivered the ultimate heart-breaking experience for an opposing team and it’s fans 81 times. 

As a hitter, Rickey had an excellent eye and a calm, but intense approach at the plate.  With 3,055 career hits and a lifetime batting average of .279, Henderson was able to disrupt opposing pitchers as he found his way on base at a clip of 40%.  Ranking 2nd all-time with 2,190 career walks, Rickey took advantage of each opportunity when he was on base.  The greatest base stealer in baseball history, Henderson has tallied 1,406 total swipes which is almost 500 more than the man in 2nd place.  In addtion to that, Rickey has stolen 100 or more bases 3 times in a single season. 

With his amazing speed, Henderson offered quite a bit of power for a lead-off hitter.  With 297 career home runs, Rickey is 3 dingers shy of reaching the infamous 300/300 club which is occupied by just 6 players in baseball history.  Over the course of his career, Rickey Henderson has tallied 1,115 RBI while also scoring 2,295 runs which is also a baseball record.

Defensively, Rickey Henderson has been recognized as a Gold Glove outfielder one time.  Never considered to be stellar, Rickey was a showman and often turned a routine play into a theatrical move as he swiped fly balls out of mid-air.  Rickey entertained like no other…

Rickey Henderson’s best season came in 1990 as a member of the Oakland Athletics.  He won the MVP award with his amazing numbers of .325/25/61.  Added to his impressive numbers were 65 steals, 159 hits, 119 runs scored, and an on-base percentage of 44%.  Rickey Henderson is also a 3-time winner of the Silver Slugger award as well as a 10-time All-star.

Henderson has played in 3 World Series match-ups and was the winner of 2 championship titles.  In 1989 with the Oakland A’s, Rickey hit an amzing .474 while also collecting 3 stolen bases, 9 hits, 3 RBI, and 1 home run in the 4-game series.  In 1993 with the Toronto Blue Jays, Henderson was less effective as he hit .227 with 5 hits, 1 stolen base, and 2 RBI in the 6-game series. 

 

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