Daily Archives: February 14, 2011

Andy Pettitte – Hall Of Fame Worthy???

Andy Pettitte – Hall Of Fame Worthy???

With the recent announcement that Andy Pettitte is retiring from major league baseball after 16 seasons, my first thought was if he is worthy of a Hall of Fame vote.

But the answer to that question is hard to answer with a resounding confidence.

The numbers are solid – 240 wins with 138 losses.  He collected just 2 20-win seasons, but did add another 10 seasons with at least 14 victories.   And while most of his career was played during the era of the specialty reliever, Pettitte threw just 25 complete games and only 4 shutouts.  His career ERA is decent at 3.88, and he has a lifetime strikeout to walk ratio of 2.8:1.

As for the postseason, there is no pitcher that has been as solid.  Boasting 19 career victories and 5 World Series championship rings, Pettitte is the most decorated post-season pitcher of our era.  And second place on this list is a long way off…

As for individual success, Pettitte has earned 2 All-Star selections while finishing in the Top 6 for the Cy Young Award on five different occasions.

And now with the stats and awards out of the way, the question still remains – Is Andy Pettitte worthy of induction into Cooperstown??

My answer – No. 

Sorry Andy, you have been a thrill to watch – and I really have enjoyed watch you build a very strong case for being one of the top pitchers in post-season history.  But that is not enough for me.  For me, you must have been one of the best, if not the best, pitchers in the sport to get that kind of honor.  And while very, very good, I never thought of Andy Pettitte as a team’s ace.  Never winning the Cy Young Award hurts his chances.  He also played for teams that had better pitchers, which put him into the 2nd or 3rd spot on his team’s pitching rotation – never the primary spot…

In five years when Andy Pettitte is officially added to the Hall of Fame ballot, I do hope that he gets 5% of the vote, but I want that for him more as a sign of respect for his championship filled career – not because he belongs in the same class of pitcher that hang their hats at Cooperstown.

Where do you stand on this one?  Yeah or Ney???

Ernie Banks 2008 Upper Deck Heroes – Sea Green

Ernie Banks 2008 Upper Deck Heroes – Sea Green

It has been more than ten weeks since I last added one of these to my ‘rainbow’.  Has the wait been worth it?  You betcha!!

Numbered as 77/99, this card is the ‘Sea Green’ version from the 2008 Upper Deck Heroes baseball card set.

This is also the 9th card I have obtained featuring Ernie Banks from this 10-card set.

So now the hunt is officially on.  And the prize that I am after?  The elusive Purple card – numbered to 25.  The journey to nab the Purple version is going to be tough – for this collector, it is like ‘BigFoot’ – a legendary card, one that I have never seen.

Wish me luck – I am definitely going to need it!!

Bob Gibson 2005 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites

Bob Gibson 2005 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites

I love Bob Gibson.  I love his attitude towards the sport.  I love his desire to win.  I love the way that he wanted to beat the best to prove his abilities to the world and to himself.

I also happen to love my newest Bob Gibson baseball card…

From the 2005 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites set, this card is magic on cardboard.  Perfectly capturing that vintage vibe, the card is a classic.

If a single card could inspire a new player collection to be added to the ’30-YOC’ roster, this could be the one.  Hint, hint…

1988 Fleer Superstar Specials – Card #628 – Ryne Sandberg & Ozzie Smith

1988 Fleer Superstar Specials – Card #628 – Ryne Sandberg & Ozzie Smith

“Masters Of The Double Play”

An old baseball cliché says that in order for a team to be a contender it needs strength up the middle.  Ozzie Smith of the St. Louis Cardinals and Ryne Sandberg of the Chicago Cubs provide that, and more, for their respective teams.

Ozzie Smith’s penchant for acrobatic, spectacular plays has earned him the nickname “The Wizard Of Oz”.  In 1987, Ozzie’s .987 fielding average led all NL shortstops.  No surprise, Ozzie has led the league in fielding average for six out of the last seven seasons, including the last four in a row.  If there is any such hing as a sure out, a ground ball to Ozzie is it.

Ryne Sandberg has led the NL second basemen in fielding average in three of the last five years.  In 1986, Sandberg had perhaps his finest season in the field.  His .994 fielding average was the best ever for a NL player at his position, and the five errors he committed tied the major league record for the fewest errors in a season by a player who played at least 150 games at second base.

‘On The Road With psuGator02′ – Cardinals Camp – February 12, 2011

‘On The Road With psuGator02′ – Cardinals Camp – February 12, 2011

8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Roger Dean Stadium
Jupiter, Fla.
Saturday, Feb. 12

It had been so long since I had seen a baseball thrown or batted that I had to arrive early. Just like my buddy had said, none of the players signed going in and, unfortunately, few signed going out. It didn’t help that there must have been 25 graphers there and most appeared to be dealers. A complete waste of time, in my opinion, if you consider the time expended. But one event flamed out while I didn’t get concrete info on another. So I was left to graph the Cardinals. Had Molina not stopped it would’ve been a total failure.

Red Schoendienst: 0/1 going in, 0/1 going out though he did wave….A D-list HOFer turned me down and turned me down twice. I love it LOL
Colby Rasmus: 0/1..sort of shocked at this one. I’ve never seen him not sign. I should say, though, that every time he’s signed for me he’s ALWAYS been with a HOT woman….No woman today
Kyle Lohse: 0/1 going in, 0/1 going out….Only way I’ll get him is at the team signing. A newbie asked a local if Lohse signed and the local didn’t even comment, just laughed
Chris Carpenter: 0/1 going in, 0/1 going out
Robert Stock: 0/1 going out…probably would’ve stopped but wasn’t recognized until it was too late
Jaime Garcia: 2/2  in blue Sharpie….He was 1-per but I gave him two, and I think that’s the reason he may have smeared the second
Jake Westbrook: 1/1 (minor-league card)….he was personalizing everything that wasn’t a card….I’m sure people out there are going to make a mint off signed photos of this guy that aren’t personalized.
Yadier Molina: 1/1 (’08 Ginter) in blue Sharpie….been the bane of my existence these last few years….Can’t tell you how many times he’s turned me down when my item was in his face. Even when he has signed he’s given total crap. Not sure what was going on today but not only was he way cool but he took his time with the graph and even would have done a second. I got a bit excited when I looked at the finished graph. THANKS YADI
Jason Motte: 0/1 while jogging…..I left at 12:30 p.m. and he was the only Cardinal still inside the clubhouse. I knew he would’ve done everything I had if I had waited but I was cold and hungry so I left….He looks great, having shaved the beard and lost some weight

Not going back until public workouts begin…..