Daily Archives: December 8, 2011

Albert Pujols – What Could Have Been….

Albert Pujols – What Could Have Been….

**Hat-tip to my buddy Garin for the quick graphics work!  Thanks Bud!

Andre Dawson 2011 Topps Triple Threads – Three Card Set

Andre Dawson 2011 Topps Triple Threads – Three Card Set

I have slowly started to amass the Andre Dawson cards from this year’s Topps Triple Threads set.

I am trying to take a new approach with these new releases by waiting until the eager shoppers overpay for the fresh stuff.  I have seen this work before, but this is really my first attempt at waiting and playing the game this way.

So far, I have collected three cards of ‘The Hawk’ from this set – paying just 99 cents for each.

Currently, I have the Red (328/1500), Gold (480/625), and Green (32/249).  These three are the more common versions of this year’s release and now I have to focus on the more pesky, and limited, versions.

Wish me luck!!!

 

Wade Boggs 2001 Topps Archives

Wade Boggs 2001 Topps Archives

While I certainly prefer that my Wade Boggs baseball cards feature him in a Red Sox uniform, I have no problem taking a leap every once in a while and nabbing card of him wearing a Yankees uniform.

Or in this case, a Devil Rays uniform…

 

This card, from the 2001 Topps Archives set, is a re-print of Boggs’ card from a year prior – 2000 Topps.

And while Boggs didn’t actually suit up for the Rays, or any other team, in 2000, it is nice to see that Topps honored him with one more card!!

Albert Pujols Is A Los Angeles Angel!!!

DALLAS — The Angels have agreed to a contract with Albert Pujols, the best free agent available this offseason and arguably the greatest player of this era, sources told MLB.com on Thursday.

The deal, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network and Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com, is for 10 years, includes a full no-trade clause and could reach $260 million. That would rival the record-setting 10-year, $275 million contract Alex Rodriguez signed with the Yankees in December 2007.

The Angels have not commented on or confirmed the signing. They had surprisingly surfaced in reports on Wednesday linking them to Pujols — a former Cardinal — for the second time in 24 hours, with a baseball source confirming to MLB.com that their intentions were indeed serious.

Pujols, a nine-time All-Star and three-time National League Most Valuable Player, weighed a 10-year offer from the Marlins earlier this week and had a counter offer to consider from the Cardinals, with whom he had spent all of his 11 Major League seasons. St. Louis’ offer was for nine years and a little less than $200 million, according to a report by ESPN.com.

He turned down an offer from the Cardinals prior to Spring Training, which he had set as a deadline for negotiations, saying he would not discuss a new contract during camp or the regular season.

The first baseman, who will be 32 next month, has a career .328 average with 445 home runs. His career on-base-plus-slugging percentage is 1.037, which leads all active players, and he has led the Major Leagues in slugging and OPS three times and in runs scored five times.

Tony Gwynn 1989 Topps All-Star ‘Send In’

Tony Gwynn 1989 Topps All-Star ‘Send In’

I like the old ‘Send In’ cards that Topps issued in the 1980s – and as a young collector during that time, I collected all of them.  This was at a time when collectors were craving new cards.  Besides the base and updated sets, there was not a whole lot that came out during the year – the ‘Send In’ gave you something else to chase.

Topps offered us some great images too in this series of cards.  Oftentimes, the card’s picture was better than that of the one in their base set.  I think that this Tony Gwynn card falls into that category.

Have a look: 

Now look at Tony’s lead-foot – check out that pivot!!!

 

‘My First Time’ – Justin Morneau – June 10, 2003

‘My First Time’ – Justin Morneau – June 10, 2003

The Setting – Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome.  Minneapolis, MN.

From Morneau – “It was against the Rockies and that meant Larry Walker, who is a hero to all of us Canadian players.  Before the game, he sent a bat over to the clubhouse and inscribed it, ‘Welcome to the show.  Make Canada proud’.  Then I went out and got a base hit that rolled right to him.”

The Boxscore – Rockies 5, Twins 0.  Morneau goes 2-for-4 with 2 singles and a strikeout.

Happy Birthday Mike Mussina!!!

Happy Birthday Mike Mussina!!!

Mike Mussina turns 43 years old today.

Although Mussina has rarely been mentioned as one of the greatest pitcher’s from his era, his numbers are quite impressive.  Having played his entire career for just 2 teams – the Orioles and Yankees – Mussina has compiled some pretty solid stats.

In his 17 years as a full-time starting pitcher,  Mussina recorded double-digit wins in each season.  The most impressive part of this is that accomplished this while playing for a Baltimore Orioles team that was terrible for most of Mussina’s early years with the team.  With a lifetime win/loss record of 270 & 153, ‘The Moose’ finished his career with a very solid 63% winning percentage.

Mike Mussina was only selected as an All-Star 5 times during his playing days; but he did finish in the Top 6 for the Cy Young Award a very respectable 9 times.  Again, this is very impressive for a player that was never known as a dominant pitcher.  Clearly, his reputation as a solid pitcher that was going to give you good innings helped his cause for being one of the decade’s greats.

Happy Birthday Mr. Mussina!!!

Miami Marlins Sign Pitcher Mark Buehrle To 4-Year Contract!!!

Miami Marlins Sign Pitcher Mark Buehrle To 4-Year Contract!!!

By Ben Walker, AP

DALLAS (AP)—The Miami Marlins plucked another free agent prize Wednesday, reaching a deal with four-time All-Star pitcher Mark Buehrle for $58 million over four years.

Manager Ozzie Guillen praised Buehrle over and over at baseball’s winter meetings. They were together on the Chicago White Sox this season, and Guillen was eager to have the left-hander on his side next year.

“This kid is special,” Guillen said. “He pitched in the big scenarios, big moments, very tough city to pitch. When people love you in Chicago, that means something.”

Buehrle’s deal is subject to a physical, which the sides were arranging.

The Marlins have been the busiest team by far in the majors this week, spending $191 million on three prime free agents. They previously landed a pair of All-Stars: shortstop Jose Reyes and closer Heath Bell

Plus, they’ve been pursuing slugger Albert Pujols and pitcher C.J. Wilson.

The 32-year-old Buehrle has been one of the majors’ most durable and effective pitchers for more than a decade. He has reached double figures in victories and thrown over 200 innings in each of the last 11 seasons, all with the White Sox.

Buehrle was 13-9 with a 3.59 ERA this year and won his third straight Gold Glove.

Buehrle is among the fastest workers in the big leagues. It works for him— he’s thrown two no-hitters while going 161-119 in the majors, including a perfect game against Tampa Bay in 2009.

A workhorse for the White Sox, he helped them win the 2005 World Series when he even made a relief appearance. Chicago offered him salary arbitration last month, but he decided to find a new home after a visit to Miami, where the Marlins will move into a new ballpark next season.

“Him moving from the American League to the National League, it’s a big step for us,” Guillen said.

“I think he’s comfortable because I know what I’m going to get from him, and he knows what’s going to come from us, and I think that helps,” he said.

Welcome To Miami Jose Reyes!!!!

Welcome To Miami Jose Reyes!!!!

Albert Pujols Is NOT Coming To Miami…

Albert Pujols Is NOT Coming To Miami…

From SI.com

The Miami Marlins have already made the biggest splashes in baseball free agency, and word from baseball’s Winter Meetings is that the Marlins hope to continue to make an impact as they revamp their roster.  But slugger Albert Pujols won’t be a part of the Miami overhaul, according to a series of tweets from ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick.

Crasnick reports that he has been told by a source that Dan Lozano, the agent for Pujols, has “called the Marlins and told them they are out on Pujols.”  The report from Crasnick appears to corroborate an earlier rumor that Pujols and the Marlins were “a few million dollars apart.”

There were multiple reports out of of the Winter Meetings that the Marlins had offered Pujols a 10-year deal; the amount of that deal was never disclosed, although it was believed to be in the vicinity of $220 million.  However much the offer was for, it apparently wasn’t enough to entice the first baseman to join Jose Reyes and Mark Buehrle with the new-look Marlins.

Crasnick’s report comes from Pujols’ side of the story; a follow-up tweet from ESPN’s Jayson Stark seems to make it clear that the Marlins agree.  ”Sources say Marlins have officially withdrawn offer to Pujols,” Stark writes, adding, “Still in on CJ Wilson even after deal w Buehrle.”

With the Marlins out of the running, a return to the St. Louis Cardinals would seem to be the likeliest outcome for Pujols.