Daily Archives: March 9, 2010

Reader JJ Sends Over 6 Cards For 3 Of My New Player Collections!!!

As the generosity of my readers keeps filling up my mailbox, reader JJ sent over 6 more cards that take care of a few needs on my player collection checklist.

For starters, he knocked off 1 Tim Raines card and 1 Dale Murphy card.

*Note that the 1990 Topps card of Raines actually says ‘Rock’ instead of ‘Tim’ for his first name…  SWEET!!!

And then he also took care of 4 Paul Molitor cards too…


Great stuff – That ‘Brew Crew’ card from the 1992 Upper Deck set is very cool!  Molitor and Yount were an incredible tandem.  Pat Listach… not so much.

Thank you JJ.  These cards fill some voids in my player collections perfectly!!!

Orel Hershiser 1989 Bowman

Orel Hershiser 1989 Bowman

In a very popular pose, Bowman offers us a nice shot of Hershiser in the beginning phases of his wind-up.  An oversized baseball card, this 1989 Bowman offers us a little more, roughly 1/8 inch, than a standard sized card.  What this specific card offers is a nice shot of the sky during what appears to be a Spring Training game.

This is the first card I have in my Hershiser collection that offers a facsimile signature.  I think I am going to have to go after nabbing a real one soon!!!

1975 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #369 – Merv Rettenmund

1975 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #369 – Merv Rettenmund

Rettenmund played 2 years for the Cincinnati Reds – 1974 & 1975.

An outfielder, he had a tough time breaking into the everyday line-up of ‘The Big Red Machine’.  During his 2 years with the club, Rettenmund played in 173 games.  He compiled a .227 batting average during that time.  Other notable stats from his brief career in Cincy include 90 hits, 54 runs scored, 47 RBI, 10 stolen bases, and 8 home runs.

Rettenmund played in 3 World Series matchups over the span of his playing days.  His lone victory came in 1975 with the Reds!!

Did You Know…

Jay Buhner is the only player to end his career with 300 home runs but drive in fewer than 1,000 runs, finishing his career with 310 homers and 965 RBI.  Darryl Strawberry came very close – he ended up with 335 homers and drove in exactly 1,000 RBI.

**factoid courtesy of ‘Big League Trivia’

My take – Stats like this are interesting to me.  And I always come back to the same debate – Was it the player that was unable to drive in runners when the bags were loaded or was it his teammates that couldn’t get on base for him to knock them in??  For Buhner, I am not sure.  For Strawberry, it seemed like he always played on talented teams…

Happy Birthday Benito Santiago!!!

Benito Santiago turns 45 years old today.

Santiago was an established baseball star when he joined the Florida Marlins in 1993 for their inaugural baseball season.

Santiago was the team’s most well known player, and his Hispanic heritage made him an instant hit in with the fans and city of Miami.  Benito became an ambassador of the game in South Florida and he still makes periodic appearances associated with the team.

Santiago was a 5-time All-star, a 4-time Silver Slugger trophy winner, and the winner of three Gold Glove awards.  He also won the Rookie of the Year Award as a member of the San Diego Padres during the 1987 baseball season.

Happy Birthday Benito!!!