Daily Archives: January 8, 2010

Saying Good-Bye To Randy Johnson.

This post is overdue by a few days, but my mind has been stuck on Cooperstown since Tuesday night…

And speaking of Cooperstown, there is no doubt in my mind that Randy Johnson will join baseball’s elite group of players when he is eligible to be enshrined at the Hall of Fame!!!

Make no mistake about it, Randy Johnson deserves to be in the discussion of the greatest pitchers of this generation.  With numbers that rival those of Roger Clemens and Greg Maddux, “The Big Unit’ had a brilliant career. 

His resume includes some incredible feats:  5 CY Young Awards.  Triple Crown Award.  World Series champion.  World Series MVP.  4 more Top 3 finishes for the Cy Young Award.  10-time All-star.  1 perfect game thrown.  1 no-hitter thrown.

And his numbers are strong too:  303 career wins.  64.6% win percentage.  100 complete games.  4,875 strikeouts.  3.29 ERA.  10.6 K’s per 9 innings pitched.  37 complete game shutouts.

My hat goes off to you, Randy Johnson.  In an era filled with disgraced heroes, you did it the right way. And you did it perfectly!!!

Randy Johnson is another one of those guys that I now wish I had seen live…

TTM Success: Lee Smith!!!

23 days was all that it took for Lee Smith to hurl these great autographs my way!!!

Smith is one of the greatest closers in baseball history.  He’s also a personal favorite here at ’30-YOC’.  Unfortunately he did not get enough votes to be part of the class of 2010 at the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Here are just a few reasons as to why Smith should get more consideration for entry into Cooperstown:

  1. retired from the sport with 478 saves – the all-time record at the time
  2. 7- All-star
  3. 7 30-39 saves seasons
  4. 3 consecutive 40+ save seasons – 1991, 1992, 1993
  5. 12 season of pitching in 60+ games; 9 of them consecutively
  6. 3-time Rolaids Relief Award winner
  7. 2.57:walk ratio

I don’t know about you guys, but in comparison to the other closers in the Hall of Fame, Smith’s numbers stack up!!!  My gut feeling says that if Smith had more post-season success a few more votes would be thrown his way…

Thanks for the autographs Mr. Smith!!!!

1988 Topps Darryl Strawberry

1988 Topps Darryl Strawberry

In my opinion, Topps had a string of great looking base cards from 1987-1989.  And just like any brand’s issues, there are cards within a set that look wonderful while others just don’t work at all.  Make no mistake about it, the 1988 Topps card of Darryl Strawberry works!!

The card design is very basic, and it offers a classic feel to it.  The team-themed color choice throughout compliments Darryl’s New York Mets uniform perfectly.  And although the team name on top of the card is in a rather blocky, boring font, it’s not bad either.  And lastly, the banner containing the player name in the lower-right corner of the card is a nice finishing touch.

The 1988 Topps set has a vintage look and feel to it and I am happy to add it to my Darryl Strawberry player collection!!! 

Straw 88T

Did You Know…

Philadelphia is the only city to produce two Triple Crown winners in the same season.  Chuck Klein for the Phillies and Jimmie Fox for the Athletics both won their respective leagues in 1933.


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