Daily Archives: March 28, 2010

Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2010 Major League Baseball Season

Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2010 Major League Baseball Season

With the start of the 2010 major league baseball season just 1 week away, I thought it would be fun to look ahead and see what possible baseball milestones we may witness over the course of the season.

And while 2010 won’t produce any new members of the ‘500 HR Club’ or ‘3,000 Hits Club’ or ‘300 Wins Club’, it will certainly be memorable.  And these guys will have something to do with it.

Will Alex Rodriguez collect 30 home runs and 100 RBI for a 14th season??

Can Ichiro amass 200 hits for the 10th straight year??

Will Dan Uggla smack 25 or more home runs adding to his record for second basemen??

When will Alex Rodriguez hit his 17th homer of the season putting him in the ‘600 HR Club’?

How soon will Johnny Damon collect 75 hits and enter the ‘2,500 Hits Club’?

How fast will Chipper Jones tally 94 hits and join the ‘2,500 Hits Club’?

Will Ken Griffey Jr. hit 30 home runs and tie Willie Mays with 660?

Can Andruw Jones regain his home run swing and join the ‘400 HR Club’ by connecting for 12 dingers?

How fast will Trevor Hoffman amass 9 saves and become the first member of the ‘600 Saves Club’?

As you can see, there are some wonderful storylines to look forward to during the upcoming season.

Which one are you most excited about seeing??

‘On The Road With psugator02’ – March 27, 2010

‘On The Road With psugator02’ – March 27, 2010

Seattle Mariners at L.A. Dodgers
9:15-7 p.m.

Day was pretty much a bust. Way too many people — the game was a sellout — so most of the players chose not to do it.

Don Newcombe: 0/1 in the morning going from the clubhouse to the practice fields in a golfcart, 0/1 walking from the stadium to his car “If I sign one then I’m gonna have to sign them all”, 0/1 while in his car leaving the stadium
Tommy Lasorda: 1/1 on the backfields, 0/1 while leaving the stadium in his car at about 6 p.m……I guess every day the Dodgers choose a former player to sign for free. This day it was Lasorda who sat down at a table and signed for more than an hour. My buddy and I were actually the last graphs he signed. Said his handler while pointing to me: “Sign one for this guy who flew here from Florida.”
Rick Honeycutt: 1/1 (card) while walking from the clubhouse to the practice fields and no one recognized him, 1/1 (card) at 6 p.m. leaving the stadium
Ian Snell: 2/2 (’08 Ginter, ’09 Ginter)….might be the coolest player in all of Arizona right now. I asked him if he missed Pittsburgh and he replied, “Ask Jack Wilson if he misses Pittsburgh.” Just a real awesome dude
Blake DeWitt: 0/1 got mobbed
J.D. Closser: 0/1 ….I didn’t even need him but when he left at about 6 p.m. he wouldn’t even sign for the six graphers remaining
Vin Scully: 0/1…..Got him one-on-on but “There’s just too many people here.” Dodgers’ fans treat this guy like a rock star. It was neat seeing him.
Casey Blake: 0/1 followed his car but he wouldn’t roll down his window
Manny Ramirez: 0/1 wouldn’t even acknowledge me
Garrett Anderson: 0/1
Peter Gammons: 0/1
Frank McCourt: 1/1 (whitesheet with “Go Dodgers” inscription)
Chone Figgins: 0/1 while getting into a van after the game
Casey Kotchman: 0/1 wouldn’t even acknowledge me
Ken Howell: 0/1 while in his car leaving the stadium at about 6 p.m.
Manny Mota: 0/1 while in his car leaving the stadium at about 6 p.m.
Mariano Duncan: 0/1 while in his car leaving the stadium at about 6 p.m.
John Wetteland: 0/1…just missed him
Russell Martin: 0/1 wouldn’t stop his car

This and that: Jonathan Broxton signed on the backfields but only for little kids. … Ronald Belisario signed but I didn’t need him. … George Sherrill signed on the backfields before the game but I didn’t need him. … Russ Ortiz, who I can’t believe is still in the big leagues, signed at about 6 p.m. but I didn’t need him. … Mike Brito, the guy who used to hold the radar gun at Dodger Stadium, signed autographs and took pics with. Real cool guy. … Charlie Steiner, the voice of the Dodgers, signed graphs for a good 15 minutes. … Fernando Valenzuela was at the game but I never did see him. … Milton Bradley was very cool and signed but I didn’t need him. … Chin-lung Hu signed but I didn’t need him.

Day would’ve been a complete disappointment had it not been for the Lasorda graph.

If you would like to contact Mark, he can be reached at psugator02@yahoo.com.

Andre Dawson Grab Bag #3

Andre Dawson Grab Bag #3

I hooked up with Craig one more time for another Andre Dawson inspired grab bag.

And as you can see from the picture below, he hooked me up yet again!!  A true fan and collector of all things Dawson, Craig send over a gorgeous array of Dawson cards.  All from the modern era, I got another game-used jersey card, a uncirculated card, and a nice stack of stuff issued from 2000-present.

He also sent over a pack that has 72 baseball stamps inside.  Part 4 of a series of 4, this set includes some of my favorite players – Fergie Jenkins and Dale Murphy.

Stay tuned as I will be showing off each and every card from this lot in the coming weeks.

I encourage everyone to check out Craig’s tribute site to Andre Dawson.  It is a source of great information for anyone who wants to collect and honor ‘The Hawk’!!!

Thanks again Craig.

Darryl Strawberry 1989 Donruss All-Star

Darryl Strawberry 1989 Donruss All-Star

This card was issued by Donruss in 1989 and honors Darryl’s selection to the All-star team during that season.  Similar to the design of its base issue from that year, Donruss changed up the colors used on the border of the card and they also threw in the league logo that the player represented.

During the 1989 season Darryl had a slump at the plate.  The result of that slump was his lowest batting average as a Mets player, .225.  And still, he managed to collect 107 hits while scoring 69 runs, smashing 29 homers and driving in 77 runs. 

Darryl was as popular as any other player on his team during the late 1980’s and that ranking earned him his 6th straight All-star team spot.

One more card for the Darryl Strawberry collection – YES!!!

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #53

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #53

1976 Topps – Card #592 – AKA – ‘The Willie Randolph Rookie Card’

Willie Randolph – A six-time All-star and winner of 1 Silver Slugger trophy, Willie Randolph enjoyed a very successful 18-season major league career.  A solid defender at second base, Randolph used his speed as a weapon on both defense and offense.  A lifetime .276 hitter, Randolph collected 2,210 hits while scoring 1,239 runs, stealing 271 bases, and even homering 54 times.  Randolph played in 4 World Series contests, ultimately winning the prize in 1977 with the New York Yankees.

Dave McKay – An 8-year veteran, Dave McKay suited up for three different teams during his playing days.  Used as a second baseman, third baseman, and shortstop, McKay was a strong defender and played well in a utility role.  McKay’s career numbers include 441 hits, 191 runs scored, 21 home runs, and 170 RBI.

Jerry Royster – Royster’s career spanned 16 seasons.  A skilled athlete, Royster played every defensive position with the exception of first base and catcher.  During his career, Royster amassed a batting average of .249.  He tallied 1,049 hits alongside 552 runs scored, 189 steals, 165 doubles, and 352 RBI. 

Roy Staiger – Staiger played just 4 years in the big leagues, all of them in New York.  Spending 3 years with the Mets and then 1 with the Yankees, Staiger was able to see life from both sides as a big leaguer in ‘The Big Apple’.  He compiled a .228 batting average while appearing in 152 games.  In total, Staiger amassed 104 hits, scored 42 runs, smacked 4 home runs, and drove in 38 RBI.