Daily Archives: January 15, 2011

Regardless Of The Man, You Cannot Deny 3,000 Hits & 500 Home Runs!!!

Regardless Of The Man, You Cannot Deny 3,000 Hits & 500 Home Runs!!!

You may not like him as a person, and I am cool with that.  You may not like that he apparently lied and waved his finger at Congress, and I would understand that too.  Hell, you may not like him because of the mustache that he wears, and while I don’t understand it, I won’t hold that against you either.

But you cannot deny that what Rafael Palmeiro did on the baseball field for 20 seasons was not elite.  And beautiful too…

So here we are roughly two weeks removed from the announcement that he will not be inducted into Cooperstown as a member of the class of 2011. 

And the fact that he received just 11% of the votes is shocking to me!!!   Yes, I said SHOCKING!!!!

How can a player that collected 3,020 hits and 569 home runs be so hated?  It makes no sense – none at all.  Palmeiro is an elite player, and 1 of just 4 players in major league history to accomplish that feat.  And the company in that group is baseball royalty – Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, and Eddie Murray.

Think of all of the great players that are in the Hall of Fame that played in the same era and never came close to these numbers – Winfield, Ripken, Gwynn, Boggs, Dawson, Sandberg, and the list goes on to name some of baseball’s most legendary names too – Mantle, Musial, Frank Robinson, Griffey, Bonds, and more.

Palmeiro was a 4-time All-Star, 3-time Gold Glove winner, and recipient of 2 Silver Slugger awards.  A perenial contender for the MVP as well, he finished in the Top 15 for the award 6 times.

Rafael Palmeiro was an extraordinary performer at the major league level for two decades.  He deserves to be treated as such.  And he absolutely deserves more than 64 votes of confidence acknowledging that.

Raffy, if I had a vote you would have had 65!!  Keeping my fingers crossed that the rest of the baseball writers wake up and smell the coffee…

Andre Dawson 1985 Donruss Autographed Baseball Card!!!

Andre Dawson 1985 Donruss Autographed Baseball Card!!!

I cannot believe that nobody else bid on this card….

I cannot believe that I won this for just 99 cents….

I cannot believe that this is the 58th autographed baseball card(does not include certified autos) that I own of ‘The Hawk’…

Oh, and all of the above is not a complaint.

And now on to my latest gem!!!

Tony Perez 1983 Topps

Tony Perez 1983 Topps

Not quite as nice as the 1984 Topps card of Perez, the 1983 Topps issue just seems so fuzzy to me.

Not sure if it is the unclear photos, poor backgrounds, or Tony’s hair, but each of the two images that Topps selected for this card just appear to be a bit out of focus…

Oh well, you cannot win them all!

Did You Know…

Joe DiMaggio is the only player to get hits during an All-Star game at each of the three classic New York ballparks.  DiMaggio homered in 1939 at Yankee Stadium, and collected hits in games at The Polo Grounds in 1942 and at Ebbets Field in 1949.

**factoid courtesy of ‘Big Legaue Trivia’