Daily Archives: April 19, 2012

I’m Off To A Good Start On My 2012 Topps Tribute Andre Dawson Set…

I’m Off To A Good Start On My 2012 Topps Tribute Andre Dawson Set…

Well friends, jus a month after hitting the shelves, I have scored a small stack of Andre Dawson’s baseball cards from the 2012 Topps Tribute set.

I really like the Tribute brand, and the chase that comes with trying to capture all of the colored parallel versions of the base card.

So far, I am off to a solid start – I have picked up 6 of them.

Here they are:

Base

Bronze #299

Blue #199

Green #75

Black #60

Orange #50

And now, after securing the first six cards from the set, I am ready to get down to work!!

It will be a very long journey, heck I am still working on the 2010 and 2011 sets, but one that will hopefully end in triumph!

And you better believe that I will document each and every step along the way.

Wish me luck!

Paul Molitor 2004 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites

Paul Molitor 2004 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites

Paul Molitor was stellar in 1982 and I am very happy to see that Topps honored that brilliant season by Molitor with a card in their 2004 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites set.

During that season, Molitor led the American League in plate appearances with 751, at-bats with 666, and runs scored with 136.  He also amassed 201 hits that included 26 doubles, 8 triples, and 19 home runs en route to a .302 batting average.

Molitor’s achievements during the 1982 baseball season helped lead his Milwaukee Brewers all the way to the World Series.  Ultimately, his team lost in 7 games to the St. Louis Cardinals, but Molitor hit .355 with 11 hits and 5 runs scored in that Fall Classic.

Atta Boy Pauly!!!

Brooks Robinson 1976 Topps

Brooks Robinson 1976 Topps

The 1976 baseball season was Brooks Robinson’s 21st in the major leagues.

During that campaign, Brooks showed incredible declines in offensive output.   A career .267 hitter, Brooks hit just .201.  In 144 games, he accumulated 97 hits including 15 doubles and 6 home runs.  He scored 50 runs for the O’s and drove in 53.

1976 was the final season in which Brooks Robinson won a Gold Glove Award.

My First Time – Curt Schilling – September 7, 1988

My First Time – Curt Schilling – September 7, 1988

The Setting – Memorial Stadium.  Baltimore, MD.

From Schilling – ‘The night before the game I stayed at a hotel down the street from Memorial.  The Sox were staying there too – next thing I know, Boggs, Greenwell, and Stanley are buying me beers trying to get me drunk.  I suspected that they were doing that just so they could destroy me the next day’.

The Boxscore –  Orioles 4, Red Sox 3.  Shilling goes 7 innings allowing 6 hits and 3 runs – no decision.

Happy Birthday Frank Viola!!!

Happy Birthday Frank Viola!!!

Frank Viola turns 52 years old today.

Frank Viola didn’t take baseball by storm the way some other pitchers did during their first season in the majors.  Drafted out of college in 1981, Viola debuted with the Minnesota Twins in  the middle of the 1982 season and the next year and a half were a learning process for both him and the Twins team.

It was not until the 1984 season when Viola took off and began dominating hitters.  After going 11-25 in his first two seasons, Viola sparkled in ’84 when he went 18-12 while pitching 250+ innings.  In each season from 1984-1993, Viola had double-digit wins with the most being 24 wins during the 1988 season.

In 1987, Viola helped the Twins win the World Series and he earned the World Series MVP Award for his outstanding pitching performance.  Viola started 3 games against the Cardinals and went 2-1.  He displayed amazing control in a pressure filled series as he only allowed 3 walks in 19+ innings, while striking out 16.

The ’88 season was very special for Viola.  Not only did he go 24-7, but he also had the lowest ERA of his career at 2.64.  That year, Viola earned 27 of the 28 first place votes for the Cy Young Award.  

After 8 seasons with the Twins, Viola spent the last 7 years of his career playing for the New York Mets, Boston Red Sox, Cincinnati Reds, and lastly the Toronto Blue Jays. 

With a career record of 176-150, Viola’s record does not stand out as an above average pitcher.  But, when you examine the kinds of teams he played for and their success you begin to see how valuable his efforts were as most of these teams had losing records.  With 4 Top 6 Cy Young award finishes, and 1 win of the award, Viola should go down as one of the most consistent pitchers of the 1980’s.

Happy Birthday Mr. Viola!!

Ivan ‘Pudge’ Rodriguez Set To Retire

Ivan ‘Pudge’ Rodriguez Set To Retire

By RONALD BLUM | The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP)  Ivan Rodriguez plans to announce his retirement Monday, ending a 21-year major league career that included a record 13 Gold Gloves at catcher.

A person familiar with the arrangements said Rodriguez intends to make the announcement in Arlington, Texas, where the Rangers start a homestand Monday against the New York Yankees. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team had not made an announcement.

A 14-time All-Star known as Pudge, Rodriguez spent his first 12 major league seasons with the Rangers and won the 1999 American League MVP with Texas, when he hit .332 with 35 homers and 113 RBIs. He returned to the Rangers briefly in 2009.

Rodriguez becomes the third longtime catcher to retire since last season ended, joining Jorge Posada and Jason Varitek.

Rodriguez finishes with a .296 batting average, 2,884 hits, 311 home runs and 1,332 RBIs. He broke the record of 10 Gold Gloves at catcher that had been held by Johnny Bench and hit .300 or better 10 times. He was a World Series champion with the Florida Marlins in 2003.

Now 40, Rodriguez spent the last two seasons with the Washington Nationals. He decided not to accept a contract offer from the Kansas City Royals, who were interested after Salvador Perez injured a knee and needed surgery. Rodriguez hit just .218 last year with two homers and 19 RBIs in 124 at-bats.

He nearly was forced to retire three years ago. He didn’t have an offer when spring training began but went 10 for 20 with two homers and six RBIs for Puerto Rico and signed in mid-March with the Houston Astros.

In the minds of some, Rodriguez was tainted by the cloud of baseball’s steroids scandal. Former Texas teammate Jose Canseco alleged he injected steroids into Rodriguez. Asked whether he was on the list of players who allegedly tested positive for steroids during baseball’s 2003 survey, Rodriguez said in 2009: ”Only God knows.”

 

If You Haven’t Been Paying Attention, Hanley Ramirez Is On FIRE!!!!

If You Haven’t Been Paying Attention, Hanley Ramirez Is On FIRE!!!!

It is so fun to watch Hanley when he is healthy.  He looks as if he is playing the game with a lot less stress than in prior seasons, and as a loyal Miami Marlins fan, I am so happy to see him contributing towards wins in the team’s record.

In the last three games, all wins, Hanley has gone bananas.

The numbers are unreal – 6 hits in his last 12 at-bats with 3 runs scored, 3 home runs, 8 RBI, and best of all just 3 runners left on base!!!

Go Get ‘Em Hanley!!!

And GO FISH!!!!