Daily Archives: July 3, 2012

Andre Dawson 2012 Topps Series 2 – ‘Gold Standard’

Andre Dawson 2012 Topps Series 2 – ‘Gold Standard’

I have scooped up a few cards of Andre Dawson from the 2012 Topps Series 2 release.

This one is from the ‘Gold Standard’ subset, and it celebrates Dawson’s 400th career home run.

Here is the card:

As for the occasion, Dawson’s 400th HR happened to be his first homer in a Red Sox uniform and his first of the 1994 season.  After that blast at Fenway Park, Dawson received the first curtain call if his time while with the Sox.  At the time, he was just the 25th player in major league history to collect 400 home runs.

Dave Winfield 2002 Topps T-206 – We’re Getting Better, But F-A-I-L!!!!

Dave Winfield 2002 Topps T-206 – We’re Getting Better, But F-A-I-L!!!!

It may take a little more time and energy, but I am making efforts to be certain that the cards I pick up are ones that I want.

To explain further, and more specifically, I only want cards of Dave Winfield in my collection that feature him in a Padres or Yankees uniform.

I have way too many cards of Winfield in his Blue Jays, Indians, and Twins garb for my liking.  And in time, I will work to remove them from my collection.

So, I spent a few extra minutes reviewing my last purchase with www.sportlots.com to ensure that the cards I wanted were ones that I actually did want.

So, this card is of Dave Winfield.  And he is proudly wearing a Yankees uniform.

But the card is pretty hard to look at…

FAIL!!!

Jim Abbott 1991 Donruss

Jim Abbott 1991 Donruss

I really like the photo used on this card.

Take a look:

Just by looking at the picture, you can see a lot of force and energy being put into Abbott’s pitch.

And this was always the case when Abbott took the mound.

While I would never put words into his mouth, I always felt like Abbott gave his full effort in each appearance he made in the majors.  And while I would hope that all pitchers would do the same, that is sadly just not the case.

Jim Abbott was a true competitor – I have to guess that he was a clubhouse favorite as well.

🙂

Lee Smith ‘Fab Five’ – Card #4 – 1988 Topps

Lee Smith ‘Fab Five’ – Card #4 – 1988 Topps

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

Card #4 – 1988 Topps

If I had to guess, my guess is that Lee Smith was doing drills while this photo was snapped.

In fact, I think I know the exact drill – it is where the pitcher is going into motions of his pitch, and then fielding a chopper or bunt and firing to a respective base.

I’ve seen the drill performed hundreds of times.  Hell, I have done it.  And this is exactly what the pitcher looks like when he is going through the motion of the pitching part of the exercise…

Have a look:

Did You Know…

Pete Alexander was the National League victories leader from 1910-1919.  During that span of ten seasons, Alexander won 208 games, including three seasons of 30+ wins.

Jim Palmer Is Selling His Cy Young And Gold Glove Awards!!!

Jim Palmer Is Selling His Cy Young And Gold Glove Awards!!!

By Matthew Pouliot, Hardball Talk, NBC Sports

Hall of Famer Jim Palmer is putting his hardware up for bids. Listed on Hunt Auctions are all three of his Cy Young Awards and two of his four Gold Gloves.

Palmer is working as a TV analyst for the Orioles, so he still has a steady income. However, he doesn’t see the mementos as worth keeping any longer.

“While I am immensely proud to have received these awards, that chapter of my life has passed,” he said. “I am aware of people that love baseball and would treasure items like mine. Hopefully, these awards will bring happiness into baseball fans’ lives and allow me to make a difference in my family’s future.

“At this juncture of my life, I would rather concern myself with the education of my grandchildren,” he said. “I also have a stepson, (15-year-old) Spencer, who is autistic and will need special care for the rest of his life. My priorities have changed.”

Palmer also stated that a portion of the profits will be given to the autism project of Palm Beach County.

Palmer won Cy Young Awards in 1973, 1975 and 1976. He won Gold Gloves in four straight years from 1976-79. All 19 of his big-league seasons were with the Orioles, and he ended up going 268-152 with a 2.86 ERA.

Hunt Auctions expects Palmer’s Cy Young Awards to go for $60,000-$80,000 apiece and the Gold Gloves to bring in $10,000-$15,000.

Pitcher Dontrelle Willis Announces Retirement After 10-Year Career

Pitcher Dontrelle Willis Announces Retirement After 10-Year Career

By Bryn Swatrz, MLB Examiner

Pitcher Dontrelle Willis has retired from the game of baseball, ending a brief stint with the Baltimore Orioles’ Triple-A team.

Willis, 30, has been trying to revive his major league career for the past six seasons, which has included failed stints with the Detroit Tigers (2-8, 6.86 ERA, 92 walks in 101 innings pitched), Arizona Diamondbacks (1-1, 6.85 ERA, 27 walks in 22.1 innings pitched), Cincinnati Reds (1-6, 5.00 ERA), Philadelphia Phillies (failed to make 2012 roster as relief pitcher), and Baltimore Orioles (0-3, 8.53 ERA in Triple-A).

Over his first couple of seasons, Willis looked like he had a chance to become a Hall of Famer. He earned National League Rookie of the Year honors with the Florida Marlins in 2003, winning 14 games and posting a 3.30 earned run average as a 21-year old. The Marlins captured the second world championship in franchise history.

After a subpar 2004 season, Willis rebounded to become of the game’s best pitchers in 2005. He won 22 games, including five complete-game shutouts, while posting a 2.63 earned run average. He finished second in the Cy Young voting.

But Willis suffered through another subpar season, winning 12 of 24 decisions with a 3.87 ERA in 2006. And his downfall began in 2007, when he went 10-15 with a 5.17 earned run average.

That led to five miserable seasons attempting to revive his career, but on Monday, the 30-year old called it quits.

Over his nine-year major league career, Willis won 72 games, lost 69, and posted a 4.17 ERA. But over his final five seasons, Willis won just four of 40 starts, walking 156 batters in 199 innings, and recording a 6.15 earned run average.

1968 Topps Game – Pete Rose

1968 Topps Game – Pete Rose

I am a Pete Rose fan.  I am a Pete Rose supporter.  I undoubtedly believe that Pete Rose belongs in  the Baseball Hall of Fame.

The list of accolades are endless.  His accomplishments are amazing.  He is a record-breaking, hit producing, ball player that ranks with the sport’s all-time greats.

I am proud to say that one of the greatest memories from watching baseball with my dad in my youth was watching Pete Rose collect hit number 4,192 of his career.  That moment on the field, and that memory formed in my living room as a 9-year old kid, lives with me today more than 25 years later.

Progress – 26/33