Daily Archives: October 20, 2012

Reggie Jackson 2012 Topps Archives – 1977 Cloth Sticker

Reggie Jackson 2012 Topps Archives – 1977 Cloth Sticker

Wow, talk about a set that takes you back in time…

These cloth stickers are amazing!!  And while the quality has surely improved since the original release back in 1977, I am very happy to see that Topps did not make any changes to the design.

And if you’re going to replicate a famous set from 1977, there is one player that has to lead the list of names up for consideration of being included.

And his name is Reginald Martinez Jackson.

And here is his 2012 Topps Archives ’77 Cloth Sticker.

AWESOME!!!

I am going to have to review the checklist of this set.  It may be one to go after…

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The Marlins Have Dumped Heath Bell And His Fat Ass Contract!!

PHOENIX — The D-backs wasted little time getting busy this offseason as they acquired relief pitcher Heath Bell and shortstop Cliff Pennington in a pair trades with the Marlin and A’s on Saturday.

To acquire Pennington and infield prospect Yordy Cabrera, the D-backs sent outfielder Chris Young and cash considerations to the A’s.

Arizona then sent Cabrera to the Marlins for Bell. The D-backs also received cash from the Marlins in the trade.

Cabrera, 22, spent the 2012 season with Stockton of the Class A California League where he hit .232 with three homers and 21 RBIs in 60 games.

Bell reunites with D-backs executive vice president and general manager Kevin Towers, who acquired Bell in December 2006 when Towers was the GM of the Padres. Bell had his best years with the Padres, saving 42, 47 and 43 games from 2009-11.

The 35-year-old parlayed that success into a three-year, $27 million free-agent deal with the Marlins this past offseason.

Bell struggled from the outset in Miami, lost his closer’s job and ultimately finished the season with 5.09 ERA and 19 saves in 73 appearances. He also had a public falling out with Miami manager Ozzie Guillen in September.

Bell’s contract calls for salaries of $9 million in 2013 and ’14, and his $9 million option for ’15 becomes guaranteed if he finishes 55 games in ’14 or combines to finish 100 games between ’13-14.

After Bell’s issue with Guillen, it was widely believed the Marlins would find a way to deal the reliever during the offseason — even if they had to eat some of the money he was owed.

Rollie Fingers 1978 Topps

Rollie Fingers 1978 Topps

Rollie Fingers was a 10-year veteran by the time that the 1978 baseball season began.

In three of the prior four season, he was the league leader in appearances by a pitcher with 76 in 1974, 75 in 1975, and 78 in 1977.  Rollie had established himself as one of the most dominant and trusted relief pitchers in the sport.

My favorite stat from his 1978 season?

1

Yes, 1.  Rollie Fingers faced 434 batters in 1978, but he hit just 1 with a pitch.  Not bad!!

Happy Birthday Keith Hernandez!!!

Happy Birthday Keith Hernandez!!!

Keith Hernandez turns 58 years old today.

Never quite getting the credit he deserves, Keith Hernandez was a stellar player for 17 major league seasons.

Probably most well known for his amazing defense at first base, Hernandez made playing the position cool long before Don Mattingly did so.  Hernandez won 11 Gold Glove awards for being the best defensive first baseman in the National League.  11 trophies during 17 seasons is extremely impressive as it shows just how consistent ‘Mex’ was at the hot corner.

Hernandez was also a league Most Valuable Player in 1979 when he played for the Cardinals.  Along with a Gold Glove award and his first of five All-star selections, Hernandez was also extraordinary on offense that year.  He batted .344 while collecting 210 hits, ripping 48 doubles, driving in 105 runs and scoring 111 runs as well.  A perfectly well-rounded season and one certainly worthy of being tagged as the MVP!!!

Happy Birthday Mr. Hernandez!!!

Hernandez

Happy Birthday Juan Marichal!!!

Happy Birthday Juan Marichal!!!

Juan Marichal turns 75 years old today.

In photographs, I find Juan Marichal to be one of the most polarizing pitchers ever.  An extremely photogenic player, Juan and that incredible wind-up will stop you dead in your tracks whether you are looking at pics on the web, flipping through pages of a magazine, or in my case diving through boxes of baseball cards.

I don’t know that much about Marichal, but from the several books that I have read, he is regarded very highly by some of the greatest hitters and pitchers from his era – and that goes a long way with me.

Happy Birthday Mr. Marichal!!!

Happy Birthday Mickey Mantle!!

Happy Birthday Mickey Mantle!!

Today we celebrate Mickey Mantle’s birthday.

And while I am way too young too pass around first-hand stories about watching ‘The Mick’  roam around center field for the New York Yankees, I do have the next best thing.  You see, my dad is from the Bronx and spent much of his youth with his older brother in and around Yankee Stadium.  Back when baseball was the sport of choice for America’s youth, my dad and uncle and thousands of other kids around the New York area worshiped Mickey Mantle.

The stories that have been shared with me are priceless.  Sneaking into the stadium or ditching classes early to catch playoff games on the radio.  And the players that they got to see and follow are as historic as they get, with Mickey Mantle leading the way!!!

So on this day, the entire ’30-YOC’ family wishes Mr. Mickey Mantle a Happy Birthday!!!