Daily Archives: November 14, 2010

I Had To Buy This, And You Know What Comes Next…

I Had To Buy This, And You Know What Comes Next…

Pictures are worth a thousand words – but in my heart, these pictures are worth quite a bit more than that.

No need to go into more details….

And I know that you know what comes next….    Stay tuned!!!

Fergie Jenkins 2010 Topps Tribute Game-Used Bat Card

Fergie Jenkins 2010 Topps Tribute Game-Used Bat Card

YEAH!!!  A new Fergie Jenkins relic card for my collection!!!

Pretty new to the market, this card comes from the 2010 Topps Tribute set.  In that set, there is a nice mix of current and retired stars, and Topps also mixed in just regular relic cards with cards that feature both autographs and relics.

And even though this card looks fantastic in person, I still cannot get over seeing a Bat-relic card of a pitcher.  This would be the equivalent of seeing a Game-Used Glove card of a DH.

But, I will not let that effect my feelings – and right now I feel pretty darned good as I have just added this bad-boy to my Fergie Jenkins collection!!!

Gary Carter 1987 Donruss

Gary Carter 1987 Donruss

Man I have so many memories of watching Carter and the New York Mets during the height their success.

Just seeing the uniform that Carter is sporting on this 1987 Donruss baseball card brings back all of those memories…

Carter was quite the stud at the time.  A solid offensive player, once Johnny Bench retired, he became the best catcher in the sport.

And his popularity was immense.  A fan favorite in New York, as well as the rest of the country, Carter was seen as a nice-guy on a team full of wild and immature players.

This card of Carter is nice and I am happy to add it to my collection.  It just seems so dark though, doesn’t it.  I cannot quite tell if the picture use was shot at night or during the day, but with his dark jersey and the Black border of the card itself, the outcome is a dark card…

Either way, scratch another one off of my ‘Needs’ list!!!

Happy Birthday Curt Schilling!!!

Happy Birthday Curt Schilling!!!

Curt Schilling turns 44 years old today.

When you look at Schilling’s career numbers that span over 20 years, they are pretty impressive.  Don’t forget that for the first 12 years of his career he played with the Baltimore Orioles, Houston Astros, and Philadelphia Phillies.  None of these teams were doing much to support their pitchers while Curt was there. 

With 216 career wins, 83 complete games, 3116 strikeouts and 3 20-win seasons under his belt, I wonder where he ranks against some of the other pitchers of his era.  A 3-time runner up for the Cy Young award and a 6-time All-Star, Curt Schilling has accomplished what few pitchers have been able to do.  Curt got better after his 30th birthday; much better!  I know that a lot of this has to do with the fact that he pitched for Arizona and Boston, both of whom he won a World Series with, but his ERA and strikeouts improved as well and those are individual stats.

I am not certain if Schilling is a Hall of Fame worthy player or not, but having 2 World Series rings does not hurt his resume.  Think of all of the 200+ winning pitchers with no championships and all of a sudden Schilling rises to the top.

Happy Birthday Mr. Schilling!!!

Florida Marlins trade Cameron Maybin to San Diego Padres

Florida Marlins trade Cameron Maybin to San Diego Padres

 

From the Miami Herald:

One day after trading pitcher Andrew Miller, the Marlins have traded outfielder Cameron Maybin — the other key piece in their 2007 blockbuster deal with Detroit for Miguel Cabrera.

The Marlins traded Maybin to the San Diego Padres for right-handed relievers Ryan Webb and Edward Mujica, as they all but wiped clean their six-player return from the Tigers in the deal for Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis.

The two pitchers the Marlins are acquiring from the Padres are young but bring big-league experience.

Webb, 24, appeared in 54 games for the Padres last season, going 3-1 with a 2.90 ERA. Mujica, 26, has spent five seasons in the majors with the Indians and Padres, compiling an overall record of 8-9 in 179 games.

And there you have it, the end of the Maybin-era in Miami.  I kind of felt like this was coming, just not in November…  With the emergence of Mike Stanton, Logan Morrison, and Gaby Sanchez this season, and the return of Chris Coghlan in 2011, the Marlins are stacked with young talent.  And of the group, Maybin has under-performed all of them.

Good Luck to you Cameron.  I am hoping that a fresh start out in California is just what you need!!

And remember, it was ’30-YOC’ that supported you all the way!!!