Daily Archives: October 4, 2012

FINAL – Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2012 Major League Baseball Season

FINAL – Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2012 Major League Baseball Season

Well friends, the 2012 MLB season is in the books so it is time for a peek at the milestones that I was hoping would occur during the season.

Let’s take a look and see how we did, shall we??

Can Ichiro re-capture his ability to collect 200 hits in a season? If so, it will be the 11th time in his 12-year career that he reaches the mark.

Ichiro collected 177 hits in 2012, the lowest tally of his MLB career.  Still, not too bad for a 38-year old role player.

Can Dan Uggla hit 30 or more home runs for the 6th straight season extending the record for a second baseman?

Uggla hit just 19 home runs in 2012, his lowest output in his career.  Also the worst offensive season of his career, too.

Can Alex Rodriguez eclipse Willie Mays’ 660 career home runs?  He currently rests at 629.

A-Rod hit just 18 home runs in 2012, leaving him with 647 for his career.  The 18 is slightly higher than his 16 in 2011, but he played in 22 more games in 2012.  660 should be reached in 2013.

Can Albert Pujols reach the 500-HR plateau?  He needs 55 home runs to reach the mark, and while he has never had a 50-HR season, he has a new ballpark to play in, the ability to play DH, and an entire new league of pitchers to feast on.

After the worst start in his majo league career, Pujols revereted back to his usual self in the second half of the season.  He ended the year with 30 home runs and 475 for his career.  500 will come in 2013.

How long until Miguel Cabrera eclipses the 300-HR mark?  He sits at 277 right now, but with Prince Fielder batting behind him, he may be close to this number by the All-Star break.

#300 has come and gone.  Cabrera now has 321 and climbing!!

Roy Halladay needs just 12 wins to reach 200 for his career.

will have to play a big part to get it done.

The 2012 baseball season has not been kind to Roy Halladay or the Phillies.  Halladay ends the 2012 season with 199 career wins.  200 will certainly be reached in April, 2013.

Tim Hudson needs 19 wins to reach 200 for his career, can he repeat some of the magic that he has had in years past?

Hudson had a very solid season in 2012.  He went 16-7 and ended the year with 197 career victories.  200 should be surpassed by Hudson in May of 2013.

Ryan Braun has had five straight 100+ RBI seasons.  Can he repeat this feat without Prince Fielder behind him in the Brewers line-up??

Bruan collected 112 RBI in 2012 making his 100+ RBI streak reach five straight seasons!!  Can you say, MVP??

Tim Lincecum continues to mow down batters.  He has five straight seasons of at least 200 or more strikeouts recorded.  Will 2012 be year number six??

Lincecum fell 10 strikeouts short of 200, ending the 2012 season with 190 K’s.  Far from bad, but far from what we had seen in the past from ‘The Freak’.

Alex Rodriguez needs just 107 RBI to move him into 4th place on the All-Time list with 2,000 for his career.  A solid campaign could get him there.

A-Rod collected just 57 RBI in 2012.  He currently rests with 1,950 career RBI.  He should eclipse the 2,000-mark in 2013.

The 2012 MLB regular season was fantastic.  We saw a lot of history made, and I am already looking forward to seeing what lies ahead for us in 2013.

Thanks for reading!!!


Brooks Robinson 2012 Topps Gypsy Queen – Base

Brooks Robinson 2012 Topps Gypsy Queen – Base

With the exception of the Topps Archives brand, I would have to say that my favorite set of cards from the 2012 Topps product lineup is ‘Gypsy Queen’.

Sure, the cards may not be as vibrant as some of the other sets that came out this year.  And yes, your odds of pulling an uber-glorious autograph or relic card are not equal to what you may find in Tribute or Triple Threads, but I love the amount of time detail put into the Gypsy Queen cards.

Check out the card of Brooks Robinson:

It’s always good to see Brooks in modern-era issues.  And it is even better when he is shown defending ‘The Hot Corner’.

Reggie Jackson 2012 Topps Prime 9 Home Run Legends

Reggie Jackson 2012 Topps Prime 9 Home Run Legends

This set is a HOT one!!!

I have already scored the cards of Hank Aaron and Frank Robinson for my player collections and now I can finally add Reggie’s card to my collection that honors his Hall of Fame career.

Have a look at this beauty:

Nice, huh?

Now I just need to decide if I want to go after the whole set or not.  The odds are pretty good on this one…

Alan Trammell 1989 Fleer

Alan Trammell 1989 Fleer

By the looks of it, it appears that ‘Tram’ fielded another grounder to short and is now getting ready to fire out the runner before he reaches first base.

My confidence stems from Trammell’s .985 fielding percentage during the 1989 baseball season.  In 117 games at shortstop in 1989, Trammell committed just nine errors!

Buster Posey Becomes First National League Catcher To Win The Batting Title Since 1942

Buster Posey Becomes First National League Catcher To Win The Batting Title Since 1942

From Yahoo Sports

LOS ANGELES (AP) — San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey won the National League batting title with a .336 average on Wednesday.

Posey went 0 for 2 with a strikeout in his team’s regular-season finale, a 2-1 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. He is the first Giants player to win the batting crown since Barry Bonds hit .370 in 2004. Pittsburgh’s Andrew McCutchen finished second at .327.

”I don’t think it’s something that you ever think about doing,” Posey said. ”It’s such a long season, and from day one, you try to grind out at-bats no matter what the situation is. And if you can go up there and are able to make some adjustments, good things will happen.”

In May 2011, Posey broke a bone in his left leg and tore three ankle ligaments on a horrific collision at the plate, an injury that sidelined him for the rest of the season.

”I give a lot of credit to our entire training staff for all the work they did in the off-season to get me back on the field,” he said. ”Even though this is an individual accomplishment, there’s other people who deserve credit.”

The previous catcher to win the NL title was Ernie Lombardi of the Boston Braves, who hit .330 in 1942. The last catcher to win in the AL was Minnesota’s Joe Maurer in 2009.

Dodgers beat Giants 3-2 for 6th straight victory

Did You Know…

The last player to lose three games in a single World Series is George Frazier of the New York Yankees.  In the 1981 World Series, it was Frazier that lost three games to the eventual winners – the Los Angeles Dodgers.


Miguel Cabrera Wins First Triple Crown Since 1967 Baseball Season

Miguel Cabrera Wins First Triple Crown Since 1967 Baseball Season

From ESPN.com

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera became the first player in 45 years to win baseball’s Triple Crown on Wednesday night, joining an elite list that includes Mickey Mantle, Ted Williams and Lou Gehrig.

Cabrera’s milestone wasn’t official until the Yankees pinch hit for Curtis Granderson in their game against the Boston Red Sox. Granderson had homered twice to reach 43 for the year, tied with the Rangers’ Josh Hamilton and one shy of Cabrera.

Cabrera went 0 for 2 against the Royals before leaving in the fourth inning to a standing ovation. He finished the regular season with a .330 average, four points better the Angels’ Mike Trout, his biggest competition for MVP. Cabrera was the runaway leader with 139 RBIs.

Boston’s Carl Yastrzemski was the previous player to achieve the Triple Crown in 1967.

A Thank You Note For Larry Wayne Jones, ‘Chipper’

A Thank You Note For Larry Wayne Jones, ‘Chipper’

The 19-season major league baseball career of Chipper Jones ended on Wednesday afternoon.  Yes, his Braves team has made the playoffs, but there is nothing that will or will not happen in the 2012 postseason that will change the effect Chipper has had on the game of baseball.

This is my ‘Thank You’ to Chipper.

  • Thank you for playing for just one team during your career
  • Thank you for driving in more runs than any other third baseman in the history of the game
  • Thank you for all 2,726 hits
  • Thank you for the 2008 batting title at 36 years of age
  • Thank you for playing through injury, time after time
  • Thank you for hitting .299 in 246 games against my Marlins
  • Thank you some pretty neat rookie baseball cards
  • Thank you for eight All-Star Game appearances
  • Thank you for finishing your career with a batting average over .300 (.303 to be exact)
  • Thank you for winning the 1995 NL MVP Award
  • Thank you for providing us with a legible autograph
  • Thank you for driving in 166 runs against my Marlins
  • Thank you for being one of the few #1 draft picks that pans out
  • Thank you for wearing #10
  • Thank you for all 150 stolen bases
  • Thank you for belting 40 of your career home runs against my Marlins

Most of all, Thank you for playing the game hard in 2,499 contests.  It has been a pleasure to watch to you play (even while kicking my team’s butt).

Don’t be a stranger, Chipper.  I am thinking that we will all see you in Cooperstown in about six years.

Thank you, Sir.