Daily Archives: March 22, 2012

1996 Topps Florida Marlins Team Set

1996 Topps Florida Marlins Team Set

I am cruising right along as I work to collect every Topps-issued Marlins team set issued during the team’s history.

This is the first ‘small’ set, as it features much fewer cards than the team sets issued in 1993, 1994, and 1995.

What also stands out to this Marlins’ fan is that while this set was the one issued prior to the team’s 1997 World Series title, the players included in the set hardly remind me of the roster that would win it all just one year later…

On to the cards:

My favorite card from the set? 

Of course my favorite card from the set is the one that features Andre Dawson.  Duh…

This was The Hawk’s final major league season.  I really like that Topps used a photo of Andre at Wrigley Field for this final card.

Fergie Jenkins 2006 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection

Fergie Jenkins 2006 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection

I feel like I have been in a little funk over the last few weeks as the Fergie Jenkins cards that I have been picking up have not really been too exciting…

That all changes now.  This baseball card is a beauty!!!

I don’t know if Upper Deck used a special treatment to make the colors of Fergie’s uniform stand out and be more bold, but what they did sure did work.

Have a look:

Nice, right?  Yeah, I am really enjoying this one.

Serial numbered as 709/799, this card is a fine addition to my collection that honors the former Cy Young award winner.


Chipper Jones To Retire At End Of 2012 Season

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Chipper Jones will no longer have to deal with speculation regarding his future. The Braves third baseman announced on Thursday that he will retire at the conclusion of this season.

Jones came to Spring Training open to the possibility of playing beyond this year. But over the past couple of weeks he felt his body was pushing him toward a decision to retire. He will turn 40 next month and has undergone surgical procedures on both of his knees over the past two years.

The Braves scheduled a Thursday news conference so that Jones could formally discuss his decision.

With this being the final guaranteed season in his contract, there had been a sense that Jones could retire afterward. His decision erases the $9 million option for the 2013 season that would have vested if Jones played in at least 123 games this year.

Jones will retire with the proud distinction of having worn just one uniform during his storied Major League career. He currently leads all active Major Leaguers with 18 years of service with the same club.

Jones’ long tenure as Atlanta’s starting third baseman began in 1995, the same year the Braves won the World Series. The franchise would advance to two of the next four World Series and win 11 of its 14 consecutive division titles with Jones as a key figure in the lineup.

He was the National League Most Valuable Player Award in 1999 and has earned seven All-Star selections.

The Braves selected Jones with the first overall selection in the 1990 First-Year Player Draft. He made his Major League debut in 1993. Nineteen years later, he stands as an iconic figure in Atlanta and a likely Hall of Famer.

Jones has hit .304 with 454 homers, 526 doubles, 1,455 walks, a .402 on-base percentage and a .533 slugging percentage.

Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, Stan Musial and Lou Gehrig are the only other players in Major League history to record a career .300 batting average and at least 450 homers, 500 doubles, 1,400 walks, a .400 OBP and a .500 slugging percentage.

Jones was introduced to the mystique of some of the game’s legends at a young age as his father told him stories about Mickey Mantle. Now as he retires, he stands with Mantle as one of the greatest switch-hitters in history.

Jones and his own boyhood idol, Eddie Murray, are the only switch hitters in Major League history to compile 2,500 hits and 1,500 RBIs. The .364 batting average that netted Jones his lone batting title in 2008 stands as the second-best average ever produced by a switch-hitter, bested only by the .365 mark Mantle produced in 1957.

In addition, Jones is the only switch-hitter in Major League history to post a .300 career average and hit more than 300 homers, and his career batting average ranks second all-time among switch-hitters, behind Hall of Famer Frankie Frisch’s .316. Jones’ home run total ranks third among all switch-hitters, behind Mantle (536) and Murray (504).

Kirby Puckett 1993 Topps GOLD!!

Kirby Puckett 1993 Topps GOLD!!

Here is that super-silly card again from the 1993 Topps set.

And this time it is Gold. 

Does that make it any better???

No, not really…  NEXT!

My First Time – Frank Robinson – April 17, 1956

My First Time – Frank Robinson – April 17, 1956

The Setting – Cincinnati, OH

From Robinson – ‘I can honestly say that I felt comfortable that first day.  Opening Day in Cincinnati, as big as it gets, but I knew that I belonged’.

The Boxscore – Cardinals 4, Reds 2.  Robinson goes 2-for-3 with two singles.


Stephen Strasburg Picked For 1st Opening Day Start

Stephen Strasburg Picked For 1st Opening Day Start

VIERA, Fla. (AP)—Stephen Strasburg has been picked by the Washington Nationals to make his first opening-day start, on April 5 at the Chicago Cubs.

Nationals manager Davey Johnson made the announcement Tuesday, a day after the 23-year-old had his best outing of spring training. He allowed one run and two hits in five innings against the New York Mets, striking out three and walking one.

Newcomer Gio Gonzalez will follow Strasburg in the rotation, starting April 7 in Chicago. Johnson didn’t reveal the rest of his rotation, but it currently is lined up to have right-hander Jordan Zimmermann pitch the third game, followed by right-hander Edwin Jackson. If healthy, right-hander Chien-Ming Wang would be the fifth starter.