Daily Archives: May 15, 2010

1998 Headline: Blockbuster Trade Sends Mike Piazza To The Marlins!!!

1998 Headline: Blockbuster Trade Sends Mike Piazza To The Marlins!!!

In 1998, the term ‘fire-sale’ and the Florida Marlins were linked like peanut butter and jelly.  Coming off of a World Series championship the prior season, the Marlins management team was dumping all of the players and salaries that took them to the pinnacle just a few months prior.

And on this day in 1998, the Marlins made a deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Mike Piazza was traded by the Dodgers with Todd Ziele for Manuel Barrios, Bobby Bonilla, Jim Eisenriech, Charles Johnson, and Gary Sheffield.

Piazza’s stay in Miami was short-lived as he was dealt just 8 days later to the New York Mets.

Piazza’s time as a Marlins’ player included 5 games in which he tallied 5 hits and 5 RBI in 18 at-bats.

Tim Raines 1988 Fleer

Tim Raines 1988 Fleer

The 1988 Fleer baseball card design and the Montreal Expos uniform were designed for one another.

Take a look:

See what I mean?

Something tells me that the lead graphics artist in 1988 may have been Canadian.  Agree, eh???

Happy Birthday John Smoltz!!!

John Smoltz turns 43 years old today!!!

One of the most versatile and team-oriented players to play the game in the last 20 years, John Smoltz is a rare breed.  A player that is willing to accept any role that the team wants him to perform in, Smoltz personified what the ‘Team-First’ mentality is all about.

Smoltz has 213 career wins alongside 154 saves.  Had he not spent 4 seasons in the bullpen during his days with the Atlanta Braves, Smoltz could have been in line to win 300 career games.  Instead, he did what was asked of him and saved an incredible 154 games in 4 years for the ‘Bravos’.

Today, Smoltz is unofficially retired and working for the MLB network.  He’s also working on his golf game and has a chance to make the PGA tour once he gets his game up to(or below) par.

Happy Birthday Smoltzy!!! 

Happy Birthday George Brett!!!

George Brett turns 56 years old today!!!

One of the greatest baseball players during the mid-1970’s through the 1980’s and a first-ballot entrant in the Baseball Hall of Fame, George Brett is a baseball superstar.  With a career resume that can be envied by all of his peers, Brett offered a complete offensive package for the Kansas City Royals. 

Boasting 3,154 hits, 317 home runs, 1,595 RBI, 1,583 runs scored, and a batting average of .305, Brett dazzled baseball fans for 21 years.  Amazingly, he also has 205 career stolen bases, and for a third baseman playing in the 70’s and 80’s, that is a rare feat.  In his 21 seasons, Brett was a 13-time All-Star, a league MVP, a Gold Glove winner, and a 3-time Silver Slugger winner.

Happy Birthday Mr. Brett!!!