That’s right. It’s October. And in typical ’30-Yoc’ fashion, I will dedicate an entire series of posts over the course of the month to Mr. October himself, Reggie Jackson.
Like I did last year, I will post stories, videos, and cards all featuring the incredible and incomparable baseball legend and Hall of Famer.
Reggie had a tremendous career and is known as one of the game’s greatest characters.
This will be fun!!!
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Tagged 500 home run club, 500 home runs, 500 HR, 500 HR club, 500 hrs, A’s, all-star, angels, Athletics, baseball cards, california angels, collection, Hall Of Fame, HOF, mustache, new york yankees, oakland A’s, Oakland Athletics, reggie jackson, Reggie Jackson – Mr. October, world series, world series MVP, yankees
Mark McGwire turns 46 years old today.
It amazes me that Mark McGwire has been out of baseball since 2001. And although back injuries, and a man named Pujols, have a lot to do with his exit from the game, you have to wonder how much more a healthy ‘Big Mac’ could have given us.
Mark McGwire is the greatest power hitter of my generation. Of all of the players that have played the game in the last 25 years, I believe he is the best single-skill player of them all. Not a good contact hitter, no speed, and not the most talented player with the glove, McGwire could do one thing better than anyone else – hit the ball out of the park!!!
McGwire retired from the game with 583 career home runs. He collected those homers in 6,187 at bats which gives him a home run in every 10.6 at bats over the course of his 16- year career. One has to wonder how many more dingers a healthy Mark McGwire could have crushed. 4 more years equals 160+ home runs which surpasses the 700 HR Club!!!
Happy Birthday Mr. McGwire!!!
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Tagged 1989 world series, 500 home run club, 500 home runs, 500 HR club, 70 home runs, A’s, basebal history, baseball, baseball cards, Cardinals, home run record, Mark McGwire, oakland A’s, Oakland Athletics, Rookie of the Year, ROY, sammy sosa, st. louis cardinals, world series
Rod Carew turns 64 years old today.
I consider Rod Carew to be one of the most underrated superstars in baseball history.
Yes, I know he’s a Hall of Famer. And yes, I know he is an 18-time All-star. And yes, he was a constant threat to win the league’s MVP award for most of his career.
But when people talk about the greatest hitters in the sport’s history, Carew gets very little credit yet his numbers stack up quite well to the competition. In 19 seasons, Carew collected 3,053 hits alongside a .320 batting average. He also managed to score 1,424 runs, drive in 1,015 runs, and steal 353 bases.
The reason that Rod Carew remains under the radar is thay he played for very low-profile teams – the Twins and Angels.
So, for Mr. Carew’s birthday I would like to give him the fame and attention he would have received if he had played in New York or Chicago or St. Louis. Maybe then he would be mentioned more often in the discussion of the game’s greatest hitters!!!
Happy Birthday Mr. Carew!!
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Tagged 3000 hits, 3000 hits club, all-star, angels, baseball, baseball cards, california angels, Hall Of Fame, HOF, minnesota twins, most valuable player, MVP, rod carew, Rookie of the Year, ROY, twins
Ok, the field is finally set for this contest and games get underway shortly.
Here is a list of the players and who they have selected as their ‘MVP For A Day’:
packaddict – Albert Pujols
MattR – Pablo Sandoval
Brian – Ian Kinsler
Hackenbush – Derrek Lee
Dan – Joey Votto
The Gooch – Ryan Howard
Sean – Evan Longoria
wickedortega – Joe Mauer
Tim – Andrew McCutchen
zman40 – Miguel Cabrera
Charley – Kendry Morales
Rod – Prince Fielder
Night Owl – Curtis Granderson
Fuji – Kurt Suzuki
Drew – Mark Teixeira
Victor – A-Rod
Thorzul – Troy Tulowitzki
Shue – Dustin Pedroia
Good luck to you all!!!!