Daily Archives: November 23, 2011

1963 & 1965 Topps Chicago Cubs Team Cards

1963 & 1965 Topps Chicago Cubs Team Cards

Now why on Earth would I, a loyal Cubs’ fan of their teams from the 60s, 70s, and 80s, show off two different Chicago Cubs team cards from two different sets in the same post?

Well, the answer is quite simple.

Have a look:

Yep, you guessed it.

Topps used the same picture for both the ’63 and ’65 Topps team cards.

I don’t know why they would do this, I don’t know how often that they would to that, and I am just happy that this is the first time I have seen this occur (hopefully the last too).

Nonetheless, two more great looking, albeit almost identical, cards for my rapidly growing Billy Williams collection!!!  YES!!!!

Tony Gwynn 1992 Bowman – UGHHHH…….

Tony Gwynn 1992 Bowman – UGHHHH…….

Simply ‘God-Awful’


UP FOR GRABS!!!!!!! – Lou Whitaker 2001 Topps Archives

UP FOR GRABS!!!!!! – Lou Whitaker 2001 Topps Archives

Here is another card from the 2001 Topps Archives set that I recently picked up.  And now that I have seen a few, I have come to this conclusion – If you are a player that was featured on a multi-player rookie card, and you were special enough to be honored by Topps, your Archives card is simply a ‘blown-up’ version of your rookie card.

For proof, see Denny Martinez and Carlton Fisk.

And now you can add Lou Whitaker to that fine list.

Oh, and if you want this card of ‘Sweet Lou’ just let me know.  The first person that asks for it, gets it!!!


Did You Know…

Eddie Matthews was the first infielder to join the ‘500 Home Run Club’.  The Hall of Famer, and third baseman, joined the club in 1967 – He hit 512 homers by the end of his playing days, ranking him tied for 21st on the all-time list.

Miami Marlins Pick Up Lefty Wade LeBlanc From San Diego Padres For Catcher John Baker

Miami Marlins Pick Up Lefty Wade LeBlanc From San Diego Padres For Catcher John Baker

By Joe Frisaro, MLB.com

MIAMI — Adding starting pitching depth is high on the Marlins’ offseason shopping list.

On Tuesday afternoon, the team took a step in addressing that area by acquiring left-hander Wade LeBlanc from the Padres for catcher John Baker.

By parting with Baker, the Marlins are set to go with Brett Hayes as their backup catcher to John Buck.

“It was an opportunity to add some pitching depth that we talked about,” Marlins president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest said. “He’s a left-handed pitcher with a great changeup. He has big league experience, which is important.

“We’re very happy with Buck and Hayes. It’s a good opportunity for John and a good opportunity for us to add pitching depth.”

LeBlanc, 27, comes off a 5-6 season with a 4.63 ERA in 14 starts. He will compete for a back-of-the-rotation spot, knowing he has no guarantees. And if he doesn’t make the Opening Day roster, the lefty has an option year left, so he can be sent to the Minor Leagues without the Marlins risking losing his services.

“There’s a couple of spots they’re looking to fill, and basically I’m in the mix for back-end jobs,” LeBlanc said. “I’ll go into Spring Training and try to do my thing and get ready for the season. If everything shakes out that way, I’ll head to Miami at the end. If not, I’ll continue to work and try to improve and make my way there at some point during the season.”

The left-hander also made 17 starts at Triple-A Tucson, where he was 9-1 with a 4.30 ERA, logging 106 2/3 innings.

LeBlanc faced the Marlins in 2011, collecting a win in San Diego while giving up three runs in 5 1/3 innings. On Sept. 23, the lefty struck out 10 in seven innings while giving up two runs in a loss to the Dodgers.

“In the middle of the season, I made a couple of tweaks mechanically, to try to get a little better rhythm and a little more movement going towards the plate,” he said of his success down the stretch.

The Marlins and Padres began talking about the LeBlanc-for-Baker deal last week at the General Managers Meetings in Milwaukee. Beinfest noted that the team is continuing to seek additional starting pitching.

Miami already is courting free-agent lefties Mark Buehrle and C.J. Wilson, who is expected to visit South Florida after Thanksgiving.

Baker, 30, missed most of last year as he recovered from Tommy John surgery to his right elbow. The left-handed-hitting catcher was called up in September, and he had 13 at-bats with two hits in 16 games.

He did appear in 15 Minor League games, batting .243 in 37 at-bats.

Baker, who broke in with the Marlins in 2008, is headed to his first year of arbitration.

A native of Alameda, Calif., Baker batted .299 with a .392 on-base percentage as a rookie in 2008. In 2009, he appeared in 112 games, hitting .271 with nine home runs and 50 RBIs.

In 2010, he was hindered by injuries, appearing in 23 games. He had Tommy John surgery on his right elbow later in the year and had some setbacks along the way this past year.

LeBlanc was a second-round pick of the Padres out of the University of Alabama in 2006. The left-hander has a 17-22 record with a 4.54 career ERA in 54 games (52 starts).

The Marlins started off 2011 with no left-handers in their rotation. Obtaining LeBlanc is the first of many offseason moves the Marlins are expected to make.

For LeBlanc, he will adjust to pitching professionally for a team other than the Padres.

“It’s a bit bittersweet,” he said. “San Diego is the only organization that I’ve ever known. But it’s business. It’s part of baseball. It’s a fresh start. Hopefully, I can go to Jupiter and open some eyes and make the trip to Miami at the end of Spring Training.”

Happy Birthday Luis Tiant!!!!

Happy Birthday Luis Tiant!!!!

Luis Tiant posted a very successful 19-year pitching career.  During his playing days, Tiant had (4) 20+ win seasons.  And with a career record of 229-172 with an ERA of just 3.30, Tiant was a well-deserving 3-time All-star and 4-time Top 6 finisher for the Cy Young award.

Tiant’s character was polarizing – his pitching mechanics were full of personality and his love for the game was unquestionable.

I wish that they made more baseball players like ‘El Tiante’!!!

Happy Birthday Mr. Tiant!!!

30-YOC’s ‘Award Winners’ Contest Winner Is….

30-YOC’s ‘Award Winners’ Contest Winner Is….

Alright gang, the hardware has all been given out so now it is my turn to pass out a prize.

Congratulations to CHUNTER!!!

Here are the official standings:

Chunter 13 Kimbrel Hellickson Kershaw Verlander Braun Kemp Verlander Bautista
Matt D 11 Freeman Hellickson Kershaw Verlander Braun Kemp Verlander Cabrera
Q 11 Kimbrel Hellickson Kershaw Verlander Braun Kemp Elsbury Verlander
Josh 11 Kimbrel Hellickson Kershaw Verlander Kemp Braun Verlander Ellsbury
**30-YOC 11 Kimbrel Hosmer Kershaw Verlander Braun Kemp Verlander Granderson
Zach 10 Kimbrel Hellickson Kershaw Verlander Braun Kemp Granderson Verlander
Jacob 9 Kimbrel Hellickson Halladay Verlander Braun Kemp Elsbury Bautista
Jordan 9 Kimbrel Pineda Kershaw Verlander Kemp Braun Verlander Granderson
John B 9 Kimbrel Hosmer Kershaw Verlander Kemp Braun Verlander Ellsbury
Tommy D 9 Kimbrel Trumbo Kershaw Verlander Braun Kemp Elsbury Verlander
Lost Coll. 8 Kimbrel Walden Kershaw Verlander Kemp Braun Verlander Bautista
Night Owl 7 Kimbrel Pineda Kershaw Verlander Kemp Braun Granderson Ellsbury
Charley 7 Kimbrel Walden Kershaw Verlander Kemp Braun Granderson Ellsbury
Jason 7 Kimbrel Nova Kershaw Verlander Fielder Kemp Granderson Verlander
Caelleai 6 Kimbrel Trumbo Kershaw Verlander Kemp Braun Cabrera Bautista

Congratulations to Chunter!!!  And one more look at the prize:

Thanks to all that played.  And stay tuned to ’30-YOC’ during the offseason as I have a bunch of contests and giveaways planned to entertain you until pitchers and catcher report for Spring duty!!!