Daily Archives: November 20, 2011

THE UNTHINKABLE – A Pictoral Essay!!!!

THE UNTHINKABLE – A Pictoral Essay!!!!

Wade Boggs 2010 Panini Century Collection ‘Blast From The Past’ Game Used Relic Card – FAIL!

Wade Boggs 2010 Panini Century Collection ‘Blast From The Past’ Game Used Relic Card – FAIL!

I have to believe that I am done with Panini.  Not matter how many times I keep going back to them, my very low expectations just are not getting met.

This is the latest card to not come close:

Pretty rotten, huh?

Yeah, I am really not liking this one too much.  I will have to learn to not take the bait on these going forward – there is a very good reason that these sell for so low.

Here’s to hoping that Dawson and Jenkins are not in next year’s release…

Dennis Eckersley 1978 Topps

Dennis Eckersley 1978 Topps

A total flash back to the 1970’s on this one!!!

From the feathered hair to the butterfly collar to the movie star mustache – Dennis Eckersley could have fit right in on the set of Starsky & Hutch or Saturday Night Fever!!!

I kind of expect to see a disco ball hanging in the background…  LMAO

Happy Anniversary Rickey Henderson!!!

Happy Anniversary Rickey Henderson!!!

On this day in 1990, Rickey Henderson was award with the American League’s MVP award.

Rickey Henderson is the kind of player that can challenge for the MVP crown during each season that he plays.  His ability to separate himself from the rest of the league gave him constant respect from the voters.

It was no surprise that Rickey won the American League MVP award in 1990 – it’s just kind of surprising that it was his only one!!

In 1990, Henderson was the key that ignited the mighty Oakland A’s offense.  During that year, Rickey batted .325 and had an on-base percentage of .439.  He collected 159 hits, scored 119 runs, stole 65 bases ans smacked 28 home runs.  And in 594 plate appearances, Rickey struck out just 60 times.

Henderson’s 1990 campaign also included an All-star selection, a Silver Slugger award, and a trip to the World Series!!

Congratulations Rickey!!!

Happy Anniversary Dwight ‘Doc’ Gooden!!!

Happy Anniversary Dwight ‘Doc’ Gooden!!!

On this day in 1984, Dwight Gooden became the youngest player in major league history to capture the Rookie Of The Year award.

Debuting in ’84 at the young age of 19, Gooden was fierce!

He made 31 starts that season, and compiled a 19-7 record.  He amassed 276 strikeouts during that campaign, and finished the season with a very low and respectable 2.60 ERA.

In addition to an All-Star team selection, Gooden finished in second place for the NL’s Cy Young award.

Happy Anniversary Doc!!!

Atlanta Braves Campaigning To Get Dale Murphy Into Hall Of Fame

Atlanta Braves Campaigning To Get Dale Murphy Into Hall Of Fame

By Mark Bowman, MLB.com

ATLANTA — Bobby Cox, Phil Niekro, Pete Van Wieren and many of the most respected figures in Atlanta Braves history have long said they believe Dale Murphy belongs in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

With Murphy scheduled to be on the Hall of Fame ballot just two more times, Braves president John Schuerholz has intensified the efforts to campaign for one of his organization’s most beloved figures. Schuerholz has sent a letter to Hall of Fame voters and other members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America asking them to take a closer look at Murphy’s credentials.

Murphy won back-to-back National League Most Valuable Player Awards in 1982 and ’83 and was just one of six players during the 1980s to record 30 home runs and 30 stolen bases in a season (’83). He won five Gold Glove Awards, four Silver Slugger Awards and earned seven All-Star selections.

Murphy’s supporters have continued to point out that he led all Major League outfielders during the 1980s in home runs (308) and RBIs (929). He ranked second among outfielders during this span in hits (1,553) and extra-base hits (596).

But Murphy’s candidacy has seemingly been hindered by his .265 lifetime batting average, which was damaged during some unproductive years late in his career. He hit .289 from 1982-87, and batted .238 from ’88 until the end of his career in ’93.

Murphy was included on 12.6 percent of the ballots cast this past year. This was .9 percent higher than he drew in 2010. Players need to receive at least five percent of the votes to remain on the ballot the following year.

This will be the 14th time that Murphy’s name has appeared on the Hall of Fame ballot. If not elected after 15 years, players are removed from the ballot and their candidacy rests in the hands of voting conducted by the Veterans Committee.

Below is Schuerholz’s letter:

Dear Hall of Fame Voter:

As you prepare to vote for the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2012, please accept this letter in support of Dale Murphy.

The Atlanta Braves organization is extremely proud of Dale’s outstanding accomplishments during an extraordinary 18-year Major League career, 15 of which were spent with the Braves.

Not only on the field, but off the field as well, Dale represented himself and the city of Atlanta with the class and professionalism consistent with the ideals of Major League Baseball and the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Even today, he continues to be one of our game’s greatest ambassadors.

On the following two pages, please review Dale’s remarkable accomplishments produced over what the Braves family feels is a Hall of Fame career. On behalf of our organization and Dale individually, I thank you for your consideration.