The next 3 days will either make or break the Marlins chances of making it into the playoffs. The Marlins have been playing very good baseball lately. With an 8-4 record so far this month, the team is firing on all cylinders. That kind of winning will need to continue if they want to challenge for the National League East division lead or the wild card.
Monday, then Tuesday, and then Wednesday. We should know a lot more after these days pass….
And there are 2 reasons for this.
Reason #1: The Marlins are on the road to take on the St. Louis Cardinals. The cards are one of the best teams in baseball and they are the team that is closest to clinching a playoff spot. Armed with one of the best pitching staffs in all of baseball, the Cardinals have 2 of the top candidates for the Cy Young award in their rotation as well as one of the best bullpens in the majors. Their offensive line-up is solid and contains a great blend of contact hitting, power hitting, and speed.
If the Marlins can escape St. Louis with a winning record in that series, they will have done a great job!!!
Reason #2: The Rockies and Giants are battling each other in a 3-game series. These 2 teams are the Marlins’ competition for the NL’s wild card spot. While the Rockies have been on fire as of late, and the Giants have been losing, this match-up will do quite a lot in the wild card standings for all 3 teams and the one that performs the best over these 3 days may end up as the team that eventually clinches the wild card.
This is what it’s all about. There are roughly 20 games left in the regular season, but the next 3 may be the most telling…
Stay tuned for a full recap on Thursday.
Posted in Florida/Miami Marlins
Tagged 2009 baseball season, Andrew Miller, baseball, baseball cards, baseball game, chris volstad, colorado rockies, Dan Uggla, Florida/Miami Marlins, hanley ramirez, john baker, jorge cantu, josh johnson, landshark stadium, Marlins, National League, national league east, NL East, Ricky Nolasco
Greg Maddux 1990 Topps
I am really happy that I got this card because I plan on filing it away in my Greg Maddux collection and not look at it again for a long, long time…
The 1990 Topps design is possibly the one I dislike the most of all cards issued during my youth. I just don’t understand what Topps was trying to do with the borders of the card. While the colors are not terrible, the pattern and graphic used draw your eye away from the centerpiece and make you focus on the 1/4 inch border. At least with this one, the colors work with the Cubs’ colors of Maddux’s uniform. I have seen a ton of the other cards from this issue and the Purples, Yellows, and Oranges that they used are just confusing.
I am thrilled to get this card off of my ‘need’ list. Now into a box it goes…
Posted in Chicago Cubs, Greg Maddux Collection, Stars from the 80's
Tagged 1995 world series, 300 wins, 3000 strikeouts, all-star, atlanta braves, baseball, baseball cards, braves, Chicago Cubs, Cubs, cy young, cy young award, gold glove, greg maddux, world series
On this day in 1971, Frank Robinson connected for the 500th home run of his amazing baseball career!!!
At home and sitting in first place in the American League East division, the Orioles were hosting the Detroit Tigers. Robinson entered the game with 499 home runs on his resume and was looking to make history in front of the fans at Memorial Stadium.
And he delivered…
He made the faithful Oriole fans wait until the bottom of the 9th inning, but he crushed a 2-run homer for #500. The shot came off of Tigers pitcher Fred Scherman and the crowd erupted in applause for Robinson even though his team trailed the Tigers by 5 runs and eventually lost the game by a score of 10-5.
Happy Anniversary Mr. Robinson!!!
Posted in Birthdays & Anniversaries, Frank Robinson Collection
Tagged 500 home run club, 500 home runs, 500 HR club, american league, baltimore orioles, baseball, baseball history, baseball milestones, Cincinnati Reds, frank robinson, Hall Of Fame, HOF, memorial stadium, most valuable player, MVP, National League, orioles, reds
On this day in 1965, Willie Mays connected for the 500th home run of his baseball career!!!
On the road in Houston to take on the Astros at the Astrodome, Mays and his Giants teammates played in front of a relatively small crowd of just under 20,000. I wonder how many people had tickets to the game but decided to stay home since the lowly Astros were so far behind(24 games) in the pennant chase… In today’s world of sports and the Internet, this game would have had a sold-out crowd with the anticipation of seeing history made!!
And for the 19,827 fans in attendance, they were in for a treat…
Leading off the 4th inning for the Giants, Mays blasted the 500th home run of his baseball career. He joined the 500 HR club with a solo shot to right field. The homer came off of Don Nottebart and it helped the Giants win the game 5-1 and extend their win streak to 11 consecutive games!!
Happy Anniversary Mr. Mays!!!
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Tagged 1954 world series, 3000 hits, 3000 hits club, 500 home run club, 500 home runs, 500 HR club, 600 hr, 600 hr club, all-star, astrodome, astros, baseball, baseball cards, giants, gold glove, Hall Of Fame, HOF, houston astros, most valuable player, MVP, new york giants, san francisco giants, say hey, willie mays, world series