Daily Archives: April 14, 2010

Manny Ramirez 2009 Allen & Ginter Game-Used Mini Jersey Card

Manny Ramirez 2009 Allen & Ginter Game-Used Mini Jersey Card

Enormously talented, and one of the most charismatic baseball players of his era, Manny Ramirez is one of the few guys that can make watching a baseball game fun on his own.

Blessed with incredible talent at the plate, Manny has put together a Hall of Fame resume that many of baseball’s greatest hitters would envy.

Just a few weeks into the 2010 baseball season(Manny’s 18th as a pro), he is on pace to join an elite group of players in the ultra-rare ‘3000 Hits and 500 Home Runs Club’.  Already there with more than 500 homers, it looks like Man-Ram will eclipse the 600-HR mark before he retires.  And while he is still 3 solid seasons away from joining the ‘3,000 Hits Club’, the likelihood of him reaching that goal is strong since he should be able to demand more than $20 million annually once his current contract expires after the 2010 season.

While I would not be shocked to see him just walk away from the game, I do believe that Manny Ramirez is very conscious of his place in baseball history, and becoming a member of the ‘3000/500 Club’ is something he should cherish.

The below card comes from the 2009 Allen & Ginter set.  A mini, I couldn’t refuse this one when I saw it!! 

Orel Hershiser 1993 Topps

Orel Hershiser 1993 Topps

What a great looking baseball card, huh?  And a great addition to my collection that honors this baseball legend too!

The 1993 baseball season was a forgettable one for ‘The Bulldog’.  At the age of 33, his arm speed and power pitching had started to decline.  While he still started 33 games and threw over 200 innings, he went just 12-14, his second consecutive double-digit losing season.  Hershiser compiled a 3.59 ERA, allowing 201 hit and 106 runs over the course of the season. 

Happy Birthday Pete Rose!!!

‘Charlie Hustle’ turns 69 years old today.

I am a Pete Rose fan.  I am a Pete Rose supporter.  I undoubtedly believe that Pete Rose belongs in  the Baseball Hall of Fame.

The list of accolades are endless.  His accomplishments are amazing.  He is a record-breaking, hit producing, ball player that ranks with the sport’s all-time greats.

I am proud to say that one of the greatest memories from watching baseball with my dad in my youth was watching Pete Rose collect hit number 4,192 of his career.  That moment on the field, and that memory formed in my living room as a 9-year old kid, lives with me today more than 25 years later.

Thank you for playing the game the way that you did.  Happy Birthday Mr. Rose!!!

Happy Birthday Greg Maddux!!!

Greg Maddux turns 44 years old today.

Greg Maddux was the epitome of a hard-working pitcher.  His talent was immense and he often came across as a calm and relaxed guy.  But once Maddux took the mound, he was all about business and he excelled at a record pace.

After 23 seasons in the big leagues, Greg Maddux retired with 355 wins and 277 loses.  He has pitched over 5,000 innings during the course of his career while starting 740 games.  In his 23 seasons, Maddux threw 35 shutouts and pitched 109 complete games.

For his career, Maddux won 15 or more games in 18 of his 23 seasons; 17 of them being consecutive.  Maddux won 20 or more in 2 seasons.  He also eclipsed the 3,000 strikeout plateau with 3,371 career K’s.  His ERA at the end of his career was 3.16.

As a pitcher in the National League for the course of his career, Maddux had a career batting average of .171.  While considered to be a pretty good hitting-pitcher, Maddux hit 5 home runs and drove in 84 runs.  He has 272 hits, 103 runs scored, and 11 stolen bases to his credit.

Greg Maddux won 4 consecutive Cy Young Awards.  And in 9 straight seasons from 1992-1990, he placed in the Top 3 for the award 8 times.  Greg Maddux is an 8-time All-star and has won 18 Gold Gloves for his dominance as a defensive pitcher.

In his best season of 1995, Maddux went 19-2 while throwing 10 complete games and 3 shutouts.  In that season, his ERA was an amazing 1.63 and he struck out 181 batters while walking just 23.  In that year Maddux won his 4th and final Cy Young award, a Gold Glove, and was an All-star.

Greg Maddux was played in 3 World Series contests while winning 1 championship title.  In 1995 his Atlanta Braves were victorious.  Maddux started 2 games in that match-up as he won 1 game and lost 1 game.  In 16 innings of work, he struck out 8 batters and allowed 4 runs. 

Happy Birthday ‘Professor’!!