Daily Archives: April 1, 2010

Opening Day Contest – Win A Josh Hamilton Autograph!!!

Opening Day Contest – Win A Josh Hamilton Autograph!!!

As we all eagerly wait for the 2010 baseball season to begin, I want to start it off right.

And one way to accomplish that is to host a contest!!!

After thinking of all of the possible contests to run, I have settled in on this:

There are 13 games scheduled on Opening Day.  You can review the schedule, and see the starting pitchers by clicking here.  To win this contest, you need to guess how many total strikeouts will be thrown in these 13 games.  To enter, simply leave a comment on this post with your pick.  Once a number is taken, it cannot be used again.  The person who gets the closest, without going over, to the actual number of strikeouts tossed wins!!!

Opening Days brings out the sport’s top pitchers.  From Tim Lincecum to King Felix to Josh Johnson to CC Sabathia – there will be a ton of K’s.  So, do your homework and make your selections now!!!

The prize  for this contest will be a Josh Hamilton autographed baseball card.  The winner will get their choice of either of these two beauties:

The deadline for contest entry is Sunday at midnight.  Good Luck!!!

Mark Fills 13 Needs In My Hershiser & Raines Collections!!!

Mark Fills 13 Needs In My Hershiser & Raines Collections!!!

You read that right, 13 more cards from my player collection checklist have been checked.  And it’s all thanks to Mark, from the blog Mark’s Epherema

In the package that he sent over were 13 cards of Tim Raines.  5 of these bad-boys are first timers in my collection that honors him.

And he also provided 12 Orel Hershiser cards t00.  And 8 of the 12 were still ‘needs’ on my checklist.

Thank you Mark.  A very kind and fitting selection by you.

Now everybody go check out his blog – Mark’s Epherema – it’s worth the trip!!

Tim Raines 1982 Topps Highlights

Tim Raines 1982 Topps Highlights

This card is part of the ‘Highlights’ subset that Topps made famous in their base sets.

And this one here features my buddy Tim Raines and it celebrates his amazing accomplishment of 71 stolen bases during his rookie season of 1981.  An amazing task by any player, Raines put himself in the class of the sport’s greatest base runners during his rookie campaign with his 71-steal performance.

As amazing as it was, Raines’ record only lasted a few years.  In 1984 Juan Samuel, of the Phillies, stole 72 bases during his rookie season.  And then just 1 year later, Vince Coleman of the Cardinals stole 110!!!

This is easily one of my favorite cards that I have picked up for my Tim Raines collection.

1975 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #481 – Will McEnaney

1975 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #481 – Will McEnaney

McEnaney played in the major leagues for 6 seasons, 3 with the Reds.  And boy, did he have good timing!!

McEnaney called Cincinnati home during the 1974, 1975, and 1976 baseball seasons.  Perfect timing to be part of one of the most celebrated dynasties in all of baseball’s history.  

A middle reliever pitcher, McEnaney saw plenty of action with the Reds.   He appeared in 149 games for the team while compiling a 9-9 record during that time.  His ERA as a member of the squad was 3.64 in 349 innings pitched.  He struck out 89 batters while walking 55.

McEnaney earned two World Series rings with the team.  In those 2 match-ups, he made 7 appearances in relief while throwing in 11 innings.  In those games, he helped the team with his very low 1.59 ERA.