Daily Archives: November 22, 2012

Dave Parker 1981 Topps

Dave Parker 1981 Topps

I tell you what, I am not a Pittsburgh Pirates fan, but those hats that the team wore in the early 1980s really take me back to my youth as a collector.

From Bill Madlock to Kent Tekulve to Johnny Ray to the ‘Cobra’, Mr. Dave Parker!!!

Topps did a solid job of memorializing that cap on their 1981 issue.

Have a look:

I wonder if the team would break these out again during a ‘Throwback Series’.  Maybe they already have…

Did You Know…

Tim Raines is the only player in major league history to steal 70 or more bases in six straight seasons.

From the age of 21 to the time that he turned 26, Raines had between 70 and 90 swipes in each baseball season.

1977 HEADLINE: Andre Dawson Wins The National League Rookie Of The Year Award

1977 HEADLINE: Andre Dawson Wins The National League Rookie Of The Year Award

On this day in 1977 Andre Dawson won the National League’s Rookie of the Year Award.  In a very close vote, Dawson edged out Steve Henderson by capturing 10 of the 24 votes placed, good for 42% of the votes cast.

In 1977, Dawson appeared in 139 games.  He complied a batting average of .282 while collecting 148 hits including 26 doubles and 19 home runs.  Dawson was also a solid run producer as a 22-year old.  He scored 64 runs and drove in 65.

Congratulations on a fantastic start to an unbelievable career, Andre!!

1967 HEADLINE: Rod Carew Captures The American League’s Rookie Of The Year Award

1967 HEADLINE: Rod Carew Captures The American League’s Rookie Of The Year Award

On this day in 1967, Rod Carew captured the 1967 American League Rookie of the Year Award.  The voting was far from close as Carew captured 19 of 20 first-place votes, good for a 95% tally.

And the numbers certainly back up his prize – 150 hits, .292 batting average, 22 doubles, 7 triples, 8 home runs, 66 runs scored, 59 RBI, and an amazingly low 91 strikeouts in 561 plate appearances.

Not too bad for a 21-year old kid, huh??

Congratulations Mr. Carew.  Certainly a great start to a fantastic and brilliant career!!

Happy Thanksgiving From ’30-Year Old Cardboard’

Happy Thanksgiving From ’30-Year Old Cardboard’

Enjoy whatever you may have planned for the day.  Thanksgiving means different things to different people.  For me, it’s a nice afternoon with my family and some extra time to hang out with my wife and play with my 2 sons during a time that I would normally be at work and them at school.

And maybe I’ll get to sneak in a little football too…

Have a great day!!!!  Happy Thanksgiving!!!


Attention Miami Marlins Management: TRADE GIANCARLO STANTON RIGHT NOW!!!!

Attention Miami Marlins Management: TRADE GIANCARLO STANTON RIGHT NOW!!!!

I have let the actions of the Miami Marlins management team marinate for the last week.  And in that time, my emotions have run full circle – hate, bitter, despise, and distrust are just some of the feelings that have swept over me since they traded away five of their regular players to the Blue Jays.

And now, I sit here with a level head.

I have read countless articles.  I have listened to audio clips.  I have heard interviews on the radio.

And now, I feel this way: TRADE GIANCARLO STANTON RIGHT NOW!!!!

Stanton is pissed at the club, and he has a right to feel that way.  I would feel that way if I was in his shoes.  He was told that players were brought in to get on base in front of him and also to protect him by batting behind him.  Almost all of those guys are now gone.  Also gone is the likelihood that Stanton drives in 100 runs next year, of even 80 for that matter.  And that will affect his arbitration cases over the next few years.

He posted this on Twitter moments after the trade was announced:

Listen, nobody enjoys watching this guy hit balls 500+ feet more than me.  I have seen him do it countless times, and I feel that he is one of the few players in the MLB today that can wear the ‘Did you see what X Did’ crown.

Today, seven full days after the trade, I remain a Marlins fan – and a loyal one at that.

I have heard this mentioned for the last few days, and even brought more into the forefront when Stanton was quoted in this article.

And now I believe that the best move that the Marlins have yet to make is trading Stanton this year (2013).  I don’t see that the team has any chance of signing him to a long-term deal.  They can play the arbitration game with him for the next four years, but ultimately, he will not be a Marlin after 2016.  They dumped his best friend, Gaby Sanchez, off the team near the All-Star break.  The fired his manager while the two of them were in Europe on vacation together.  And this last trade has sent him over the edge.  He didn’t state anything publicly when Gaby and Ozzie were let go.  But now, he has spoken and the Marlins need to listen.

Trading him to a contender that can offer youth at several positions in the way to go.  Any team would gladly take his low-salary into their books.  He may just be the best investment in baseball.  Why wouldn’t a team like Texas or Boston or Anaheim offer up 2 or 3 of their top prospects to bring in a guy that does not make a lot of money but can produce numbers that rival the likes of the game’s greatest run producers?   And at a fraction of the cost…

If the Marlins are truly working to build a team for the future, they should strongly consider dealing Stanton now or at the All-Star break as the playoff races start to shape up.  His bat will be sought after by any and all clubs that are looking for one more guy to fill their offensive woes.   And Stanton can surely deliver!!

It is time to get real.  Load up with as many prospects as you can now and build the foundation for a bright future.  Trade Stanton and haul in a few prodigy-type players.

Do it now, make him happy and confirm to all of us that you are indeed all about building for the future.

Giancarlo, I will cheer for you as long as you are wearing a Marlins uniform.  You have been one of the few bright spots in this organization and I wish you nothing but the best.  But the best for you is to get out of Miami as fast as you can.


Ken Griffey Jr. Is Bound For Cooperstown…

Ken Griffey Jr. Is Bound For Cooperstown…

This appears to be a ‘No-Brainer’.  Ken Griffey Jr will gain entry into Baseball’s Hall of Fame during his first year of eligibility.

With a resume to back it up, Griffey is one of the best players from the last 20 years.  His ability to hit, run, field, throw, and crush home runs makes him a solid ‘5-tool Player’.  His ability to excel in an extraordinary manner in each of these aspects of the game makes him a very rare talent indeed.

I cannot imagine that he will have to wait long once he is officially added to the Hall of Fame ballot.

And when he gets enshrined, this is the hat he should be wearing!!

Ken Griffey Jr Has One Of The Most Recognizable Rookie Cards In The Hobby!!!

Ken Griffey Jr Has One Of The Most Recognizable Rookie Cards In The Hobby!!!

If you were a baseball card collector in 1989 there is only one card that made it to everyone’s wish list.

Sure there were some very impressive players that debuted around that time.  And Jose Canseco was coming off of his amazing MVP, 40/40 season.  And the stars of the Dodgers, Orel Hershiser and Kirk Gibson, received a bump in hobby popularity after their 1988 World Series championship.

But there was just one card, a rookie card, that took the top place on everyone’s list.

The 1989 Upper Deck Ken Griffey Jr. rookie card:

In their inaugural year, Upper Deck decided to give the first card of their premier set to a kid that had yet to play a single inning in the big leagues.  While other sets played it safe with guys like Nolan Ryan, Rickey Henderson, and Don Mattingly, Upper Deck took a risk and placed all of their chips on a smiling teenager with a famous dad.

20 years later, I would have to say that the reward Upper Deck received after this set debuted was worth much more than their risk!!!