Daily Archives: November 17, 2009

1985 Topps #1 Draft Pick – Tim Belcher

1985 Topps #1 Draft Pick – Tim Belcher

Drafted by the Minnesota Twins with the first pick in the 1983 baseball draft, Tim Belcher never suited up for the Twins major league ball club.  He was drafted  again with the first pick the following year by the New York Yankees but never played for them either.  He was taken back by the A’s as a compensation pick later in ’84 and still never played a game for them.  Finally, 4 years after being drafted Belcher was dealt to the Los Angeles Dodgers where he finally made it to the big show.

Belcher’s rookie season of 1988 was pretty impressive.  He started 27 games for the Dodgers and finished the year with a 12-6 record.  He finishe 3rd for the National League Rookie of the Year award behind Chris Sabo and Mark Grace.  But, it was Belcher who ended up having the more memorable year – his Dodgers team won the 1988 World Series, and Belcher was the hero of Game 2 as he picked up a win over the mighty Oakland A’s team.

Tim Belcher’s career record of 146-140 is Ok.  Ok by normal baseball standards, but not of someone selected as the first player in the draft!!!  He was never an All-star.  He never competed for a Cy Young award.  He never reached the 20-win milestone.  Tim Belcher was a good pitcher, just not worthy of the #1 pick!!!

85T Belcher

4 out of 10.  Points earned for being a member of a World Series championship team.  Additional points earned for eclisping the 100-victory mark and for finishing 3rd in the ROY voting.

Did You Know…

The player with the most hits in the 1990’s was Chicago Cub Mark Grace, with 1,754.

Grace

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

My take – This stat alone should have kept ‘Gracey’ on the Hall of Fame ballot for more than 1 year.  We still love you ‘Gracey’!!!

****side note.  Is this cad screaming for a signature or what??****

Happy Birthday Tom Seaver!!!

Tom Seaver turns 65 years old today.

‘Tom Terrific’ really put up some amazing numbers over the course of his career.  He was so good and so consistently at the top of his game that he took quite a bit of the spotlight from the game’s other great pitchers from that era. 

Deserving every accolade thrown his way, Seaver was a 3-time Cy Young award winner, a Rookie of the Year winner, a 12-time All-star, and a 1st ballot Hall of Famer.  His impressive resume includes 311 career wins, a 2.86 ERA, 3,640 strikeouts, and a 6.8 strikeout per 9 innings pitched ratio.

For Mr. Seaver’s birthday, I would like to give him a full career in a very small market area.  This is not a punishment; not at all.  I think that ‘Tom Terrific’ is the kind of dynamic player that can revitalize a city and a team’s fan base.  A city like Pittsburgh or Kansas City could have used Seaver’s power and rode on his back to glory!!

Happy Birthday Mr. Seaver!!!

Seaver

Chris Coghlan = Your National League Rookie Of The Year!!!

I am thrilled to read and now publish this headline!!!

During the 2009 baseball season, I was able to watch the growth of Chris Coghlan.  Upon entry into the big leagues, he was converted from an infielder to an outfielder.  And while learning on the job, he rarely looked uncomfortable.

But comfortable is exactly what we saw each time Coghlan took to the plate.  As the season progressed, it was expected that he would record a hit and reach base safely at least once per game.  Soon that expectation bloomed to multiple times per game, and more often than not Coghlan responded.  While he does not have the speed of some of the league’s better leadoff hitters, his ability to make contact and get on base was among the league’s best – and not just compared to the rookie class of ’09.

On the year Coghlan collected 162 hits in 128 games en route to a .321 batting average.  He also amassed 84 runs scored, 9 home runs, 47 RBI, 8 stolen bases and he struck out just 77 times in 565 plate appearances!!!

Coghlan becomes the 3rd Florida Marlins player to win the ROY.  In 2003, it was Dontrelle Willis and in 2006 it was Hanley Ramirez.  No offense to Dontrelle, but I hope Coghlan’s path follows what Hanley has done.  If it does, the Marlins will have a great 1-2-3 punch in their line-up in 2010!!!

Congratulations Chris!!!