Daily Archives: May 21, 2011

1/4 Through – Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2011 Major League Baseball Season

1/4 Through – Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2011 Major League Baseball Season

We’re at the 1/4 mark of the 2011 baseball season, so it is time for an update as to how some of the milestones that stood to be reached are faring so far.  I will keep the original post in tact, and just provide a quick update on each below.    All 1/4 season updates will be in Red.  Enjoy.

I had a great time doing this prior to the start of the 2010 baseball season, so I thought I would give it another go as we prepare for the start of this upcoming one too.

And away we go….

Derek Jeter needs 74 hits to reach the magical number of 3,000 for his career.

30 hits to go until Jeter hits 3,000.

Jim Thome needs 11 home runs to join the 600 HR club.

9 dingers away – Thome has homered just twice in 20 games.

Mariano Rivera needs 41 saves to become just the second pitcher to reach 600.

Mo has already collected 13 saves this season; he sits 28 saves away from 600.

If Ichiro collects 200 or more hits, he has 11 200-hit seasons on his resume – a MLB record!!!

Through 43 games, Ichiro has 53 hits.  He is well on his way…

If Dan Uggla can amass 30 or more home runs with the Braves, he will continue his record-setting as the game’s greatest slugging second baseman.

Uggla has 7 home runs through 46 games; he needs to pick up the pace if he wants to hit 30.

Mark Teixeira needs just 25 blasts to reach number 300 of his career.

15 homers away from 300 – looking good!!

Can Albert Pujols hit 30+ home runs and drive in 100+ RBI for the 11th straight season and build on baseball history?

With 7 and 25 through 45 games, the streak looks like it is in serious jeopardy.  If anyone can turn it on quickly, it is Pujols.

Adam Dunn needs 46 home runs to reach 400.  Can his new home in Chicago become his latest launching pad?

Just 4 home runs in 2011, the 400-mark will not be met this year.  But we’ll keep watching.  🙂

Alex Rodriguez is preparing to hit 30+ home runs and 100+ RBI for the 14th consecutive season and 15th overall.  Can he do it again???

A-Rod has just 8 and 24.  He has almost missed this mark a few times, and he always seems to deliver at the end.  Will 2011 follow suit?

So there you have it – These are some of the baseball milestones that I will be tracking as the 2011 season gets under way.

Next update will come during the All-Star break…  Stay tuned.

What are you going to be watching for this year??

Fergie Jenkins 2005 Playoff Prestige – “Prestigious Pros” – Green & Blue Versions

Fergie Jenkins 2005 Playoff Prestige – “Prestigious Pros” – Green & Blue Versions

I got a little 2-for-1 deal here.  Well, not really…  The auctions were listed separately, but ended within minutes of one another.  And I scooped them both up.

I already owned one of the cards featuring Fergie from this 2005 Playoff Prestige set, so it was kind of cool to grab two more.

Both serial numbered, colored parallel versions, I bought the Green card, numbered as 346/350 and also the Blue, 724/900.

Two very solid additions to my Fergie Jenkins collection!!!

Hall Of Famer Gary Carter Has Multiple Brain Tumors

Hall Of Famer Gary Carter Has Multiple Brain Tumors

Former New York Mets catcher Gary Carter has been diagnosed Saturday with four small brain tumors.

“Earlier today, I learned that four very small tumors have been found on my brain, following an MRI on Friday at a West Palm Beach facility,” Carter said in a statement. “I am scheduled to be examined further Thursday at Duke Medical Center, and we will learn more at that time about my diagnosis.

“My wife, Sandy, and our children and family thank you for your thoughts and prayers. We ask that you please respect our privacy as we learn more about my medical condition.”

The New York Daily News first reported the diagnosis.

According to the Daily News, a source close to Carter, 57, said the former catcher had been complaining of headaches and forgetfulness recently.

It won’t be known until the surgery whether the tumors are malignant, according to the paper.

“On behalf of the Mets organization, our thoughts and prayers are with Gary, Sandy and the entire Carter family,” said Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon.

Carter spent 19 years with the Mets, Expos, Giants and Dodgers. He hit .262 with 324 career home runs and 1,225 RBIs.

He has been managing at Palm Beach Atlantic College this past year, near his home in Palm Beach, Fla.

“I really just found out about this today,” former teammate Mookie Wilson said. “Rosa and myself send our thoughts and prayers to Gary, Sandy and the entire Carter family.”

Marlins’ Josh Johnson Placed On DL With Shoulder Inflammation

Marlins’ Josh Johnson Placed On DL With Shoulder Inflammation

Terrible news for Marlins’ fans; Great news for the National League East…

MIAMI (AP)—Once Josh Johnson(notes) fessed up that his throwing shoulder hurt, he felt better.

Now the Florida Marlins ace hopes a stint on the disabled list will allow him to quickly heal. Inflammation in Johnson’s right shoulder sent him to the DL on Saturday.

Although Johnson is tied for the major league lead with a 1.64 ERA, the back of his shoulder has bothered him all season. He didn’t tell the Marlins about the extent of the soreness and stiffness until Thursday after a bullpen session.

“It took everything I had to go and say something,” he said. “Once I did, it was something lifted off my shoulders. Let’s get it right and get it back to feeling like it did at the beginning of the season.”

The move is retroactive to Tuesday, meaning Johnson might only miss two starts. The Marlins hope he’ll be able to pitch the first day he’s eligible to come off the DL, which would be June 1 at Arizona.

Johnson’s not sure he’ll hit that target date.

“I’m hoping,” he said. “You never know with this kind of stuff. You’ve got to get all the inflammation out of there. From there it should be fine.”

Right-hander Jay Buente(notes) was selected from Triple-A New Orleans and will start Sunday against Tampa Bay for Johnson.

“He’s impossible to replace,” Buente said. “I’ll just go out and be the pitcher I’ve been up to this point.”

Buente was converted to a starter this season at New Orleans, where he went 3-0 with a 1.94 ERA in 10 games, including five starts.

Because of poor run support, Johnson is only 3-1 in nine starts, but opponents are batting .185 against him, lowest in the NL. Last year Johnson went 11-6, made the All-Star team for the second consecutive time and led the NL with an ERA of 2.30.

Rays manager Joe Maddon was sorry to learn about Johnson’s injury.

“People might think I’m nuts, but I really would have liked to see him pitch Sunday,” Maddon said. “I like the idea of facing the best. You see how you stack up. Hopefully we’ll get him next time.”

The DL stint is the first for Johnson since he underwent reconstructive elbow surgery in 2008, but he was shut out down for the final three weeks of last season because of an ailing back and shoulder.

His current shoulder discomfort is less severe than last season, he said.

“In September I was sore without even throwing,” he said. “Now I don’t feel it until I start throwing. It was something I could throw through, but now is not the time to throw through it.”

The velocity of Johnson’s fastball was down at least 2 to 3 mph in his most recent start Monday against the New York Mets, but he blamed cool, rainy weather. He took a line drive off his right forearm in that game and was pulled as a precaution after five innings, but his forearm was fine the next day.

Manager Edwin Rodriguez said the Marlins’ medical staff is confident Johnson’s shoulder will quickly mend.

Dennis Eckersley 1988 Topps

Dennis Eckersley 1988 Topps

Certain players just look like they belong in certain uniforms.

And while the Oakland A’s were the fourth team that Dennis Eckersley suited up for, he looks like he should have been wearing his A’s uniform all along.

No disrespect meant to the Indians, Red Sox, or Cubs – but ‘Eck’ belonged in the Green, Yellow, and White!!

Jim Palmer 2004 Topps All-Time Fan Favorite

Jim Palmer 2004 Topps All-Time Fan Favorite

Any, and every, time that you re-use the 1971 Topps baseball card design I am going to be a fan.

And when you throw a great image of one of my favorite pitchers of all-time into that set, my heart will flutter.

Now check out what has caused all of this…

SWEET!!!

Did You Know…

Davey Johnson holds the record for home runs in a season by a second baseman.  In 1973, he hit 43 round-trippers for the Atlanta Braves!

 

Pay Attention Baseball Fans – Mike Stanton Has Hit 5 Home Runs In His Last 7 Games!!!

Pay Attention Baseball Fans – Mike Stanton Has Hit 5 Home Runs In His Last 7 Games!!!

Simply stated, Mike Stanton is in the zone right now.  When he makes contact, he is hammering the ball. 

GO FISH!!!