Daily Archives: September 29, 2011

FINAL – Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2011 Major League Baseball Season

FINAL – Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2011 Major League Baseball Season

Wow, what a season.  Tons of surprises and tons of disappointments too…

Let’s get right into it.  These are the baseball milestones I was most looking forward to from the 2011 baseball season. 

Here is how that panned out…

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

Jeter’s season ended with 3,088 career hits.  He now rests at 20th on the all-time list.  If he has another solid campaign in 2012, he could get all the way up to somewhere between 11-13.

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

Thome has 604 career home runs, ranking him at 8 on the all-time list.  6 more homers and he moves to number 7.

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

Mo finished the season with 603 career saves, and 1st place on the All-time list.  It is very possible that he sees number 650 next year if health stays on his side!!

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

Ichiro finished the season with 184 hits and a .310 batting average.  And while that is not the kind of production we have become used to from Ichiro, it is still a very solid season.  Streak Busted!

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 kept the streak alive by belting 35 home runs, a career high.  His streak is now extended to five straight seasons.  He has a very solid 30+ game hitting streak to thank, for sure.

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

Tex finished the season with 37 home runs and 312 career blasts.  At just 31 years of age, the sky is the limit for this very talented slugger. 

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

Mission failed.  37 home runs and 98 RBI leaves Pujols 2 RBI short of extending his record.  Kind of sucks – hopefully he can stay healthy in 2012, wherever he is playing…

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

Dunn connected for just 11 home runs in 2011.  He has 365 for his career, and while 400 is still very likely the question is what season will it occur in 2012 or 2015?

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 managed to reach just 16 and 62 this year, an injury plagued one.  Here’s to hoping that he can get back on track in 2012!!

The 2011 baseball season was fantastic!!!  It was a thrill to watch these milestones, and some other unexpected ones unfold.

I cannot wait for next season to start!!!!

Dennis Eckersley 1983 Fleer

Dennis Eckersley 1983 Fleer

By 1983 Dennis Eckersley has solidified his role in the Boston Red Sox starting rotation.  Having been with the Sox since 1978, and logging over 1,000 innings with the team, the number of photos of ‘Eck’ in a Red Sox uniform should have been endless.

So, when Fleer produces a card like their 1983 issue below, it leaves this collector very unsatisfied!!!

Take a look.

 

 

Lazy is the first word that I think of when I see this card.  But, I will happily file it with my collection of cards that feature the Hall of Famer.

Moving on…

My First Time – Greg Maddux – September 3, 1986

My First Time – Greg Maddux – September 3, 1986

The setting – Wrigley Field.  Chicago, IL

From Maddux – ‘I debuted on September 3, but the game was in the books for September 2.  The game was into the 14th inning when it was called due to darkness.  We resumed play the next day and I made it into the game as a pick-runner and then a reliever.  I gave up a home run to Billy Hatcher that eventually cost us the game’.

The boxscore – Astros 8, Cubs 7.  Maddux takes the loss giving up a tie-breaking home run in relief.

Joe Morgan ‘Fab Five’ – Card #2 – 1979 Topps

Joe Morgan ‘Fab Five’ – Card #2 – 1979 Topps

Now that my Joe Morgan collection is complete, it is time to show of my favorite five cards from the set.

Card #2 – 1979 Topps

What I like most about this card is that the photo used reminds us that Joe Morgan had quite a bit of ‘pop’ in his bat.

For his career, Morgan connected for 268 home runs, 449 doubles, and 96 triples.  Not that bad for a player that played on a team that featured some real sluggers and the craftiest of hitters.

I enjoy Joe Morgan because of his all-around game, and while we cannot tell what he connected for in the photo used for this 1979 Topps baseball card, it certainly does remind us that Morgan was an all-around highly skilled offensive threat.

Happy Anniversary Willie Mays!!!

Happy Anniversary Willie Mays!!!

On this day back in 1954, Willie Mays made ‘The Catch’.

Often considered to be the greatest defensive play in baseball history, this outstanding catch still gets ‘air-time’ every year.  The fact that this catch happened in front of a national audience during the baseball playoffs only added to its legend.

One could certainly argue that more amazing catches have been made since, but this is ‘The Catch’ that still stands out amongst all others.

Happy Anniversary Mr. Mays!!!

Mays

FANTASY BASEBALL CHAMPION!!!

FANTASY BASEBALL CHAMPION!!!

It has been a few years since I placed in the top spot in my fantasy baseball league so allow me to gloat for a minute.  Or two…  🙂

For the entirety of the season it was a 2-man race, with myself and the second place player alternating spots several times during the season.

But, when it mattered most, I took control of the league and ended up winning the crown!!!  Here is a look at the final leaderboard:

While I do admit that fantasy baseball has an element of luck, I do think that I picked a pretty solid team, in which several of the players had career years.  Special thanks go out to Justin Verlander, Mike Stanton, Ryan Howard, Mark Teixeira, Jacoby Ellsbury, Howie Kendrick, Heath Bell, Ryan Roberts, Matt Weiters, and the rest of the guys!!!

See you all in 2012!!!