Daily Archives: May 9, 2009

Just 2 Rickey Henderson Cards To Go…

I’m amazed at how quickly this player collection has come together for me.  I put a little more emphasis on completing this set once Rickey was voted into the Hall of Fame as there will certainly be a lot more attention on him as we get closer to his induction into Cooperstown.

I am hoping to wrap this up in the coming weeks.  When I do, you can expect a recap of the entire set as well as my ‘Fab 5 Rickey Henderson’ series to conclude this journey.

57 cards down and just 2 more to go.

1982 Topps
1982 Topps
1985 Fleer Update

1985 Fleer Update

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Happy Birthday Tony Gwynn!!!

Tony Gwynn turns 49 years old today.

Gwynn is undoubtedly one of the greatest hitters to play professional baseball.  An extremely disciplined hitter that used all areas of the field to collect his 3,141 career hits, Gwynn was a master at the plate.  With a lifetime batting average of .338, Gwynn has the highest batting average of any player to debut during the 1980’s – and there are some impressive players that he eclipsed!

Today Gwynn is the head baseball coach at San Diego State University, his alma mater.  Could you imagine having him as your coach?  The daily teaching and instruction would be incredible.  Who else would you want to learn how to hit from?

For Mr. Gwynn’s birthday I would like to give him 1 more season in the big leagues during the prime of his batting excellence.  Gwynn averaged 157 hits per year, but at his peak he was crushing 200+ annually.  If Gwynn had another 200+ hit season under his belt, he would vault from #18 on the all-time hit list to cracking the Top 10 in either the 8th or 9th spot.  And that is a gift he deserves!!!

Happy Birthday Mr. Gwynn!!

Rickey Nolasco = Streak Breaker

20 games.  20 straight games.  20 straight gares in which the Florida Marlins starting pitching staff hadn’t won a game.  Not Josh Johnson.  Not Ricky Nolasco.  Not Chris Volstad.  Not Anibal Sanchez.  Not Andrew Miller.  And not Graham Taylor.

What does this say about one of the game’s youngest and most respected starting rotations?  Well, either they’re not as good s they’ve been touted.  Or it takes the Marlins offense 2-3 at-bats a piece to get warmed up.

Either way, I’m just happy to finally see this streak end.  Thank you Ricky!!!

Starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco #47 of the Florida Marlins pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies at Dolphin Stadium on June 10, 2008 in Miami, Florida.