Monthly Archives: March 2012

Omar Vizquel Ready For His 24th Season In The Major Leagues To Begin!!!

Omar Vizquel Ready For His 24th Season In The Major Leagues To Begin!!!

Omar Vizquel has played his way into yet another season in the majors.

Boosted by an excellent showing in spring training, the backup infielder was told Wednesday that he’d made the team and would be added to the roster.
Vizquel found out a month before his 45th birthday, making him the oldest active position player in the big leagues.
The 11-time Gold Glove winner had signed a minor league contract on Jan. 23. He spent the previous two years with the Chicago White Sox as a utilityman and mentor to younger players.
“We knew what his character was and what kind of guy he was going to be in the clubhouse,” Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopolous said after Toronto beat Baltimore 9-3. “So that obviously came out the way it was expected. Omar just had a very good camp and he deserved to be on the team.”
Vizquel turns 45 on April 24. The three-time All-Star shortstop from Venezuela is batting .433 in 15 exhibition games. He had a bunt single and scored a run in Toronto’s win over the Orioles.
The Blue Jays optioned Mike McCoy, Vizquel’s primary competition, to Triple-A Las Vegas after the game.
“McCoy had to be that much better than Omar and (Luis) Valbuena just because he had options and they had the ability to keep him,” Anthopolous said. “Mike knew he didn’t have a great camp, he’s a lot better than he played.”
“He’s going to be back, like he was last year a lot, and I expect him to be back again. It’s just one of those things that Omar had the best camp,” he said.
This will be Vizquel’s 24th season in the majors. He hit .251 with eight RBIs in 58 games for the White Sox last year.
 

Hanley Ramirez & Jose Reyes Share A Bottle Of Hair Dye

Hanley Ramirez & Jose Reyes Share A Bottle Of Hair Dye

These two are doing everything right.  And this latest sign of solidarity hopefully locks up what could be the most talented and productive left side of the infield in the big leagues.

Cheers to good health and great hair!!!!

George Foster 1972 Topps – 1st Reds Card!!!

George Foster 1972 Topps – 1st Reds Card!!!

WOW – It feels great to bring this bring this card home!!

Technically, this is Foster’s second-year baseball card.  But, it is his first while wearing a Cincinnati Reds uniform.

So, how did Foster perform during his first full season with the Reds??

Not so great – it was hard to find playing time with the Reds in 1972.  Foster only appeared in 59 games during the 1972 campaign.  And his offensive product was rough – .200 batting average with just 29 hits in 145 at-bats.

Thankfully, this was just a rough period, as Foster would soon become a fixture in the Reds’ outfield and potent offensive line-up.

Alan Trammell 2004 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites

Alan Trammell 2004 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites

Alan Trammell had a ‘Coming Out’ kind of season in 1980 – one in which he firmly established himself as one of the best, young shortstops in major league baseball.

The numbers – .300 batting average, 168 hits, 107 runs scored, 21 doubles, 9 home runs, 65 RBI, 12 stolen bases, and just 63 strikeouts in 652 plate appearances.

Trammell was also named to the All-Star team for the first time in 1980.  He also captured his first Gold Glove too.

Dennis Eckersley ‘Fab Five’ – Card #2 – 1990 Upper Deck

Dennis Eckersley ‘Fab Five’ – Card #2 – 1990 Upper Deck

Now that my Dennis Eckersley collection is complete, it is time to show of my favorite five cards from the set.

Card #2 – 1990 Upper Deck

Everything about this card just clicks – and it all starts with the colors!!

From the Green Grass to the team logo to the horizontal border to the Upper Deck logo – it all works perfectly with Eckersley’s uniform.

The Greens, the Yellows, and the White – it all looks G-R-E-A-T!!!

My First Time – Alex Rodriguez – June 9, 1994

My First Time – Alex Rodriguez – June 9, 1994

The Setting – Fenway Park.  Boston, MA.

From Rodriguez – ‘I had so much nervous energy that I probably burned off five pounds pacing around the dugout in between innings.  It was a huge crowd, a Fenway crowd – it was electric’.

The Boxscore – Red Sox 4, Mariners 3.  Rodriguez goes 0-for-3.

1997 Headline: The Chipper Jones Candy Bar Debuts

1997 Headline: The Chipper Jones Candy Bar Debuts

On this day in 1997, The ‘Chipper Jones Candy Bar’ debuted.

With a recipe very similar to Nestle Crunch, the Chipper Jones candy bar was a combination of Milk Chocolate and crispy rice pieces.

chipper-bar

Now this has me thinking…  How do they decide what kind of candy bar recipe goes for each player’s bar??  Who gets nuggat?  Who gets caramel?  Who gets peanuts???

Jim Palmer 2011 Topps Lineage Game-Used Relic Card – mini

Jim Palmer 2011 Topps Lineage Game-Used Relic Card – mini

I was finally able to snag one of these for my Jim Palmer collection.  And I got it on the cheap too!!

The card was not as hard to come by as the Fergie Jenkins mini-relic that I picked up a few weeks ago, but it was still just a slight challenge.

Nonetheless, paying $4.00 for this card in my eyes was a pretty good purchase, and one that I was happy to make.

Have a look at the card:

Pretty nice, huh?

I like it – but the pure White swatch would look cool if there was another element to it like a pinstripe.  But, that is not a fault of Palmers’ or Topps’ – that is solely the responsibility of the Baltimore Orioles!!

Thanks for reading.

TTM FAILURE – HAll of Famer, Al Kaline

TTM FAILURE – HAll of Famer, Al Kaline

The title says it all…

I sent out two baseballs last week in hoped of adding a few new signed balls to my collection.

I was very surprised to see one of my return envelopes in my mailbox when I got home tonight, but since both balls were only shipped to FL, the possibilities remained strong.

And then I opened the package…

Inside was my brand new baseball (unsigned), my letter to Mr. Kaline, and my crisp twenty dollar bill.

At least I got everything back…

I’ll try again once the season starts!!!

Kirby Puckett 1994 Upper Deck

Kirby Puckett 1994 Upper Deck

Kirby shouts ‘I Got It’!!!!

And you better let him get it too – Kirby Puckett was a much better defender than most recall.

And while his body might not have been sculpted the way that Dave Winfield’s and Andre Dawson’s were, Puckett was still an elite defender.

As a matter of fact, from the seven season span of 1986-1992, Kirby Puckett won a Gold Glove in six of those seasons.

Go Get ‘Em Kirby!!!