Daily Archives: October 6, 2009

1985 Topps #1 Draft Pick – Bob Horner

1985 Topps #1 Draft Pick – Bob Horner

Bob Horner did exactly what was expected of him during his rookie season. 

With the tag of  ‘#1 Pick’ following him everywhere he went, Horner stepped up to the challenge and won the league’s Rookie of the Year award.  In that 1978 season, Horner played in just 89 games but his numbers were solid enough to be tabbed as the top rookie.  He smashed 23 home runs, collected 63 RBI, scored 50 runs and hit .266 in his rookie campaign.

In his career, Horner would be known as a power hitter.  With 218 homers in 10 major league seasons, including (3)30+ efforts, Horner was a fan favorite for his ability to deliver the long ball.

Horner made the All-star team once in his career, during the 1982 season.

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Overall ranking – 7 out of 10.  5 points earned for being a Rookie of the Year winner and additional points for 200+ home runs and making 1 All-star team.

Happy Anniversary Phil Niekro!!!

On this day in 1985, and at the age of 46, Phil Niekro joined the 300 Wins Club.

A seasoned veteran with 24 years of major league experience, Niekro tallied win after win through 3 decades leading up to this historic day.

On the last day of the regular season, Niekro and his New York Yankees team was on the road to take on the Toronto Blue Jays.  44,000+ fans packed the stadium and watched history be made as Niekro earned his 300th victory as the Yankees won the game 8-0.  In the game, he pitched all 9 innings en route to 4-hit shutout.

Happy Anniversary Mr. Neikro!!! 

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Happy Anniversary Jim Palmer!!!

On this day in 1966, a 20-year old Jim Palmer threw a gem in Game 2 of the World Series.

Still in his rookie season, and on the road to take on the Los Angeles Dodgers, Palmer took the mound with the entire baseball world watching.

And this kid delivered one of the greatest pitching performances in World Series history.  And he was the youngest player on the field.

Palmer pitched a masterpiece.  Going the distance, Palmer and his Orioles teammates won the game 6-0.  He threw a complete game shutout while allowing just 4 hits and striking out 6 batters.  A legendary performance by a calm, cool-mannered kid!!!

Congratulations Mr. Palmer!!!

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FINAL UPDATE: Baseball Milestones To Look Forward To In 2009.

In the final installment of this post for the 2009 baseball season, I wanted to provide a quick recap of how these guys did in their pursuit of baseball history.  For this recap, all notes will be in GREEN.

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I thought it would be a good time to review what potential baseball milestones were in line for us to witness during the 2009 season.  I originally posted this blog on April 2nd as I was getting prepared for what looked like could be a very historic season.

I will leave the entire post in tact and will just add new comments in RED.

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As every new season begins I cannot help but hope that we will see baseball history made.  So with that, I bring to you a list of possible historical events that can take place during the 2009 baseball season.

Wish these guys luck!!!

Randy Johnson is 5 wins away from the magical 300 wins milestone.  He also needs 211 strikeouts to become  the second pitcher to reach 5,000 K’s.  Johnson has secured win #300 of his career and has not looked back since.  Now armed with 302 career victories, ‘The Big Unit’ is on pace for a 14-16 win season.  Johnson still needs 136 more K’s to meet the 5,000 mark – it is unlikely that this milestone will be achieved this season.  MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!!!

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Barry Bonds is just 65 hits shy of 3,000.  Barry Bonds has not seen a baseball diamond in quite some time.  However, he has been enjoying some tasty ice cream!!!  Barry did not play a minute of the 2009 season.  Who knows what 2010 holds??

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Mariano Rivera needs just 18 saves to reach the 500 saves mark.  Rivera has eclipsed the 500 saves mark for his career and is just the second player in major league history to do so.  Remarkably, his skill set is as strong as it was when he recorded save #1.  MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!!!

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Gary Sheffield is 1 home run away from making it into the ‘500 HR Club’.  Sheff banged career home run #500 early in the 2009 season and he currently sits at 509 round-trippers, which is good for 24th place all-time.  He should have no problem cracking the Top 20 if he remains healthy for the remainder of the year!!  MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!!!

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Alex Rodriguez needs just 47 home runs to reach 600.  A-Rod has struggled this year due to his off-season hip surgery.  Word is that he will get at least one day off a week to rest.  He has still managed to blast 13 homers so far but #600 will have to wait for the 2010 season.  Injury slowed down A-Rod quite a bit in 2009.  And although he was still productive with 30/100, his numbers did not match his typical output.  2010 will be different!!

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Carlos Delgado needs just 31 home runs to reach ‘500’.  Due to injury Delgado has only appeared in 26 games for the Mets this season.  Although he has 4 homers in those games, it is very unlikely that he will be able to return to the line-up and ring up enough round-trippers to top the 500 mark.  Not even close – DelGado was slowed by injuries for most of the 2009 season.  Maybe next year.  Maybe not…

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Sit back and relax.  2009 should be a wonderful and historical year for the baseball fan!!!  It’s been fun.  I’m eager to see what the remaining 85+ games have to offer us!!!  It was thrilling, and 2010 looks like it will be even more exciting to watch!!!