Daily Archives: October 9, 2011

’30-YOC Top Ten’ – Top 10 Disappointments From The 2011 Baseball Season

’30-YOC Top Ten’ – Top 10 Disappointments From The 2011 Baseball Season

Ok, so last week I gave you my ‘Top Ten Surprises’ from the 2011 baseball season.  Sadly, for every hero that emerged, there was one that fell off…

Tonight it is all about the guys that did not live up to their hype.  The guys that may have been at the mountaintops, and are now looking up.

Ready?   Let’s Go!!!

Honorable Mention – Albert Pujols, Chase Utley, Chris Coghlan, Roy Oswalt, AJ Burnett, Ricky Nolasco, Joe Mauer, Tim Lincecum, Carl Crawford, and Justin Morneau.

10 – San Francisco Giants.  The Giants finished the season 86-76 and in second place in their division.  Lacking the dominance from Tim Lincecum as well as not having Buster Posey in their lineup really hurt the team’s chances of defending their championship.

9 – Alex Rodriguez.  Playing in only 99 games due to multiple injuries, A-Rod only connected for 16 home runs and 62 RBI, both well below his normal numbers.  His .276 batting average is 26 points below his career average.

8 – Jason Heyward.  Heyward batted just .227 on the season and never found his stroke.  Connecting for 14 home runs and only 42 RBI, Heyward was shuffled into several spots of the batting order and never established consistency at the plate.

7 – Hanley Ramirez.  Hanley played in just 92 games this season, one in which he missed almost 70 games.  His .243 batting average is 63 lower than his career average.  Hanley’s 10 home runs and 45 RBI are both career lows.

6 – Matt Garza.  With the chance of being the Cubs’ ace on the line, Garza was average at best.  Going 10-10 with 31 starts, Garza threw 198 innings and compiled a 3.32 ERA. 

5 – Jayson Werth.  After signing a blockbuster deal in the off-season, Werth was pretty bad in his debut season with the Nationals.  His .232 batting average was 64 points off his number from 2010.  And his 58 RBI was his lowest in the last 5 seasons.

4 – Ichiro.  2011 was definitely a down year for Ichiro.  It was the first season in which he did not collect 200 hits; he had just 184.  His .272 batting average is 58 points below his career number, and also marks the first time he hit under .300 in his career.

3 – Adam Dunn.  Dunn had a horrible season batting .159, 101 points lower than his 2010 average.  Dunn connected for just 11 home runs and 42 RBI, well off of his 30+/100+ averages.

2 – Josh Johnson.  Johnson enters each season being touted as one of the NL’s best talents.  And each year he fails to stay healthy enough to pitch an entire campaign.  Starting just 9 games in 2011, JJ was 3-1 with a 1.64 ERA.  He pitched just 60 innings during the year.

1 – Boston Red Sox.  The most hyped and predicted World Series contender that we have seen over the last few years, the Red Sox crumbled right before our eyes.  Of their 2 major off-season acquisitions, 1 was extremely successful and 1 was horrible.  The team that most people picked to compete for a World Series had one of the most horrible and public collapses in major league baseball history.

No real surprise at #1, huh??

Tell me what you think of the other on my list.  Did I miss anyone or anything that you think should have been there??

Thanks for reading.

Jeff Conine Autographed 1993 Topps Baseball Card

Jeff Conine Autographed 1993 Topps Baseball Card

This one was sent over by reader Gerad, a very loyal ’30-YOC’ follower.

The surprise was found in my mailbox yesterday, and the note attached said that he could not pass it up and send it over.

The card features Jeff Conine, an original Florida Marlins baseball player.  And in 1993, the team’s first season, Conine was the star!!

Check out the card, and the sweet auto:

Conine lays down a pretty lazy auto – The J & C are ok, but the remainder is tough to make out.

By the looks of it, the photo was shot in an older part of Miami, maybe Little Havana or somewhere close.  Either way, it is a very unique backdrop for a baseball card…

Thanks Gerad!  I owe you one.  Actually, more than one…  🙂

Hanley Ramirez 2008 Upper Deck SPX Game-Used Jersey Card

Hanley Ramirez 2008 Upper Deck SPX Game-Used Jersey Card

There was no way that I was going to let this one get by me.  Not for just $0.99!!!!

Serial numbered as 32/150, it is nice to bring this card home for such a bargain price.  I wonder how Hanley’s horrible season will translate to his popularity in the hobby,  It may be time for me to stock up a little….

Reggie Jackson 2010 Topps ‘LOGO-MAN’

Reggie Jackson 2010 Topps ‘LOGO-MAN’

This card is just too sweet!!!

Featuring Reggie from his playing days with the Oakland A’s, I love the design of the card.  Especially the A’s colored MLB logo that works perfectly with the A”s team colors.

According to the back of this card, the set contains 50 players and is limited.  The set was only available at HTA stores, but I was able to scoop this one up on Ebay.

Does anyone know what a HTA store is and how they were affiliated with Topps??

Anyways, here is the beauty:

Enjoy.   I know that I will!!!

Dennis Eckersley 1990 Donruss

Dennis Eckersley 1990 Donruss

‘Eck’ would be one of the guys I would have loved to clock with a radar gun back in the day.  I’m not sure if he had the fastest stuff in the league, and I cannot recall that being the case, but when it came to looking like he had ‘the stuff’ Dennis Eckersley delivered.

From the side-arm approach to the behind the head wind-up to the flowing hair, Dennis Eckersley looked like he could bring the heat!!!

And in 1990, he sure did.  In 73 innings of work, ‘Eck’ struck out 73 batters and walked just 4.  Yes 4.  That works out to be an amazing 18.25:1 strikeout to walk ratio!!!

Atta Boy ‘Eck’!!!!