Daily Archives: July 23, 2009

Cameron Maybin & Andrew Miller – Teammates Again!!!

Together again.  Too bad it’s not in South Florida!!

I hold a special place in my heart for both Cameron Maybin and Andrew Miller.  While neither have had much of an impact while in the majors yet, to the true Marlins fans out there these guys mean quite a bit.  I’ve been tracking both of their careers and cheering for them to do well ever since ‘The Fish’ traded away Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis for them what seems like eons ago.

While both guys have shown flashes of possible greatness, they have also shown us that they have quite a ways to go to be real contributors to the team each and every time they take the field.  Prior to the start of the 2009 baseball season, Maybin has being tabbed as a favorite for the Rookie of the Year award.  And Miller had earned a starting spot in a pitching rotation that was the envy of the sport.

Well, now that Andrew Miller has been sent down to AAA ball in New Orleans, he and Cameron Maybin are teammates again.  Hopefully they will enjoy one anthers company as they both work hard to get another shot on the ‘big club’ sometime this season.  Until that happens, I will continue to root them on from afar.

I still have my fingers crossed that the Cabrera trade was not the most one-sided trade in Marlins’ history!!!

GO FISH!!!!

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1983 Topps Rickey Henderson & Tim Raines League Leader Card

1983 Topps Rickey Henderson & Tim Raines League Leader Card

What better way to feature two of the game’s greatest base runners than to highlight their base stealing abilities in a baseball card. 

Below is a card from the 1983 Topps set featuring Rickey Henderson and Tim Raines.  The card celebrates their ability to lead the league in steals during the 1982 baseball season.  In ’82 Henderson finished the year with an incredible 130 stolen bases while Raines gathered up 78 swipes of his own.

I love cards like these, and there were very few players in the 1980’s that you would find on a card commemorating the player’s with the best base stealing skills!!

Henderson & Raines

Celebrity First Pitch – Annika Sorenstam

Easily the greatest female golfer of this generation, Annika Sorenstam took some time out of her schedule to throw out the first pitch at a recent New York Mets baseball game.

Sorenstam is one of the most highly decorated professional athletes in the last 20 years.  Boasting 90 wins as a pro, with 72 while playing on the LPGA tour, Sorenstam has solidified herself as one of golf’s greatest players.  And she went out on top too!!!  She retired from the game in 2008 at the age of 38.  While it was clear that she could still compete at a very high level, Annika, armed with 10 ‘Major’ championships, chose to walk away while on top of the sport!!

Did You Know…

 Only one no-hitter has ever been pitched on Opening Day:  A 1-0 win by Cleveland’s Bob Feller against the Chicago White Sox on April 16, 1940. 

 feller

**factoid courtesy of ‘Armchair Reader – Grand Slam Baseball’

My take – Truly an amazing accomplishment by one of the game’s greatest pitchers and personalities.  Feller’s record will stand for quite some time!!

Happy Birthday Nomar Garciaparra!!!

Nomar Garciaparra turns 36 years old today!!

I have been racking my brain for the last few days trying to remember a rookie that has impressed me as much as Nomar Garciaparra did during his rookie campaign in 1997.  And to be honest, if it wasn’t for Jerome Walton’s amazing year in 1989, I would say that Nomar’s rookie year is the most impressive one I have ever been witness to.

In the ’97 season, Nomar took the baseball world by storm.  He collected 209 hits while ending the year with a .306 average.  He belted 30 home runs, collected 98 RBI, and scored 122 times.  He was also able to amass 44 doubles, steal 22 bases, and amazingly show enough patience as a hot-hitting rookie to strike out just 92 times.  That season was certainly Nomar’s most highly decorated one too.  He was an American League All-star and he won the Silver Slugger award, finished in 8th place for the MVP, and was the league’s Rookie Of The Year award winner.

The sky was the limit for Nomar and over the next 6 seaons, he finished in the Top 7 for the MVP award five times. 

For his birthday, I would like to give Nomar one more chance in a Red Sox uniform.  I’d love to see a player with his spirit compete in the playoffs and battle against the league’s best teams.  Something tells me that he would do just fine!!!

Happy Birthday Nomar!!!

Nomar