Daily Archives: August 10, 2010

3/4 Through – Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2010 Major League Baseball Season

3/4 Through – Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2010 Major League Baseball Season

We are now 3/4 of the way through with the 2010 baseball season, so I thought it would be a good time to take a peek at the milestones I was looking forward to seeing reached this year.  I have kept the original post in tact below, and will add my commentary on each in BLUE.


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.

Away we go:

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

A-Rod enters tonight action with 6 home runs and 32 RBI.  If he wants to  reach 30 dingers again, he is going to have to pick up the pace a bit.

14 home runs at the halfway mark will keep A-Rod close.  His 70 RBI almost guarantee another 100+ season.

A-Rod is sitting with 17/88.  The 100-RBI target does not look like it will be a problem.  30 HR’s is a longshot at this point.  25 is too…

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

With 59 hits in 41 games, Ichiro is well on his way to another 200-hit season.

With 118 hits in 88 games, Ichiro is well on his way to another 200 hit season.

Ichiro needs 56 hits in his last 50 games to reach 200.  This record could be in serious jeopardy.

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

Uggla ha crushed 11 homers thus far.  Can he beat his career high of 32??

Uggla leads the Marlins with 16 dingers – will he end up extending this record in another uniform?

After a strong two weeks, Uggla is at 25 and just 5 away from 30.  Can he add another season to the record books?  I think so!!

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

Just 11 more dingers and A-Rod joins the ‘600 HR Club’.

Just 3 more needed to reach 600!!

A-Rod hit #600 two weeks ago.  He is the youngest player to reach 600 career home runs.  When will #700 come??

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

Damon has 42 hits this season, needed just 33 more to reach this mark.  July seems like the right time!

Done deal – Damon reached 2,500 career hits in early July!!!

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

Chipper Jones has amassed just 25 hits so far this year.  He’ll get into the ‘2,500 Hits Club’ but it may be later than when I originally expected.

After a terrible start, Chipper has been producing over the last 6 weeks.  He is now 33 hits away from 2,500.

Just 13 hits to go.  Up next?  Cooperstown!!!

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

No chance!!  Griffey has yet to deliver a single long-ball this season.  Still he will rank among the top of the all-time list.

Griffey retired after playing in just 33 games.  He did not hit a home run this season – he retired with 630 career bombs.

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

3 round-trippers is all that separates Andruw Jones and the ‘400 HR Club’.

Jones collected #400 right before the All-star break.  At just 33 years old, is 500 in his future?

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

Hoffman has been horrible this season.  He is 1-3 with 5 saves and 5 blown saves.  He needs just 4 saves to collect #600, but I don’t think that too many more chances will come after he eclipses that mark…

Hoffman has collected just 5 saves this year – he needs 4 more to reach 600.

Amazingly, Hoffman has collected just 1 save since the halfway mark of the baseball season and is still 3 away from 600…

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

Pretty good stuff so far as we pass the 40-game mark of the 2010 season.  I’ll do another report during the All-star break.  I imagine that 2-3 of these milestones will have been eclipsed by that point!!

The 2010 baseball season has been fantastic.  I cannot wait for the second half to begin!!

We are now headed into the final stretch?  Who will emerge victorious and who will falter?  Stay tuned!

Which one are you most excited about

Dale Murphy 1985 Donruss – ‘Highlights’

Dale Murphy 1985 Donruss – ‘Highlights’

Donruss did a great job in summarizing the baseball seasons for us with their ‘Highlights’ set.  If you missed something, ‘Highlights’ would give it to you.  If you were unsure about something, ‘Highlights’ clarified the facts.

One of the best things about the ‘Highlights’ set for me was that it gave me more cards of my favorite players to collect.

And this one from the 1985 issue is no different.

I am now the proud owner of the 1985 Donruss Highlights card that celebrates Dale Murphy as the NL Player of the Month for April, 1985.


Did You Know…

From his retirement in 1927 until the end of the 1982 season, Walter Johnson was the all-time strikeout leader, but a year later he was bumped to fourth on that list.  By the end of the 1983 season, Steve Carlton(3,709), Nolan Ryan(3,677), and Gaylord Perry(3,534) had all passed Johnson’s 3,509 career strikeouts.

**factoid courtesy of ‘Big League Trivia’

My take – While I am surprised that it took almost 60 years for Johnson’s record to fall, I have to believe that Nolan Ryan’s current record of 5,714 will never be eclipsed…

Happy Anniversary Harmon Killebrew!!!

Happy Anniversary Harmon Killebrew!!!

On this day in 1971 Harmon Killebrew crushed the 500th home run of his big league career.

Amazingly, Killebrew seemed to get better with age as he collected more home runs in the second half of his career than he did in the first half. 

In 22 years, the Hall of Famer hit 573 round-trippers.  He currently sits in 11th place on the all-time list.

Happy Anniversary Mr. Killebrew!!!