Daily Archives: March 22, 2013

Andre Dawson 2005 Donruss Greats – Blue – #d to 50 Copies!!!

Andre Dawson 2005 Donruss Greats – Blue – #d to 50 Copies!!!

I have owned the base version of this card for quite some time.

I even have an autographed version of this card in my collection.

And now, I have finally been able to secure the ‘Blue’ parallel version of the base card.  The card is serial numbered as 040/50.

Take a look:

This card was tough to come by.  The base card is a breeze and can affordably be found any day of the week.

But the parallel versions are another story…  It took me a pretty long time to track this one down, but I am glad that I did!!

The work that Donruss’ artists put into this card is fantastic.  The muted tones behind the player allow for his image to stand out.  And when you couple that with the ‘Halo Effect’ that surrounds Dawson’s likeness and it makes for a sweet baseball card!!!

NICE!

Florida Marlins 1996 Bowman Team Set

Florida Marlins 1996 Bowman Team Set

The 1996 Bowman baseball card design is not going to win any awards for graphic artistry.

But, the set’s color scheme does allow for the Black, White, and Teal of the Florida Marlins team colors to really stand out and take center-stage.

I recently picked up the team set on Ebay for $1.00.

Here is a look at my investment:

1996 BOWMAN A

1996 BOWMAN B

As I look through this set again, you can just start to some of the pieces coming together that formed the 1997 World Series team.  From Castillo and Conine and Edgar and Livan and Sheffield. And for every player that I recall fondly there are also the ones that I have no recollection of like Cunnane, McMillon, and Sheff.

And yes that is Josh Booty in the set as well – No ‘Knuckler’ included…

Brooks Robinson 2010 Topps ‘History Of The World Series’ – “Brooks Robinson’s Electric 1970 World Series Performance”

Brooks Robinson 2010 Topps ‘History Of The World Series’ – “Brooks Robinson’s Electric 1970 World Series Performance”

What a fantastic looking baseball card!!!  I am really liking this one.

Take a look:

VINTAGE B ROBINSON1

I bought this full set a few years ago.  My intention was to show it off on this blog card by card.  But, soon after ripping through the set, I quickly changed my mind as it was missing too many of the players that I thought needed to be represented.

Still, there are some gems in the set – and this may be #1 on the list.

The card celebrates Brooks Robinson’s performance in the 1970 World Series.  While providing stellar defense at third base, Brooks also contributed a .429 batting average with 17 total bases, and six RBI in the 1970 Fall Classic.

1986 Fleer ‘Shotrstops Supreme’ Featuring Cal Ripken Jr. And Alan Trammell

1986 Fleer ‘Shotrstops Supreme’ Featuring Cal Ripken Jr. And Alan Trammell

And why not start our Friday off with a baseball card that features the two best shortstops from the American League during the 1980’s??

There are so many Fleer Superstar Special baseball cards that are poorly done; it is nice to find one that is nicely cropped, nicely centered, and with the subjects paying attention to the person taking the picture.

Have a look:

TRAMMELL 3

And for the record, Alan Trammell is 6′ 0″ tall, and Cal Ripken, Jr. is 6′ 4″.

And This Is Why If I Owned An MLB Team That I WOULD NOT Let My Players Compete In The World Baseball Classic!!!

And This Is Why If I Owned An MLB Team That I WOULD NOT Let My Players Compete In The World Baseball Classic!!!

From Yahoo Sports – Hanley Ramirez Expected To Miss Eight Weeks Of Action

Now I don’t know about you, but if I had giants stacks of money invested in a player and he was competing for something that did not involved the potential success for my ballclub, I would have a problem with that.

Putting aside the pride to play for the country that you were born in, the players have to get that right??  And the owners too, wouldn’t you think??

For the life of me, I just cannot understand how any owner of a professional sports team that had put millions and billions of dollars into the salaries of its players would ever let something like this happen.

And now, one of the stars of the Los Angeles Dodgers could have his season and his team’s season ruined as a result.  I know Hanley pretty well, he played for my team for six years.  He gets effected by quite a bit – and he shows it in his play often.  An injury like this takes a lot to recover from – his swing my have to change, his wrist speed may be effected, and his power may decline as a result.  This surgery does not just affect Hanley Ramirez – it affects the players that were slated to bat before him in the lineup and the ones batting immediately after him too.

All MLB owners should take note of this situation.  And if you do are not a part-owner of the Dodgers, be thankful that this did not happen to one of your players.

We’ll see if/how this affects the rosters of the next World Baseball Classic…

Hanley, I wish you a speedy recovery.  And I hope that you can quickly regain your form as I really enjoy watching you play baseball.  Best of luck to you for a fast recovery!!!

Hanley

Hall Of Fame Debate: Cast Your Vote For Gary Sheffield!!!

Hall Of Fame Debate: Cast Your Vote For Gary Sheffield!!!

The list of baseball players that debuted during the 1988 and 1989 baseball seasons that went on to have fantastic careers is a lengthy one; very lengthy!

And among that list of players is Gary Antonian Sheffield.

And unlike most of the players that emerged from the rookie crops of 1988 and 1989, few had the same amount of weight on their shoulders that Gary Sheffield did.  You see, Gary Sheffield’s uncle, Dwight Gooden, made his major league debut five years prior and his impact on the sport was instant and game-changing.

Did Sheffield live up to the hype and attention put upon him as a result of his family tree?  Sure, you could say so.

But, while Gary Sheffield had a very solid 22-season career, he was at no time the phenom that many expected he would become.  He never quite took the crown away from his famous uncle…

So, tonight I ask you to cast your vote for Gary Sheffield – Is he a Hall of Famer or is he not??

Sheffield Rookie

A few numbers from Sheffield’s lengthy career:

  • 22 seasons, 8 teams
  • 2,689 hits
  • 467 doubles
  • 509 home runs
  • 1,636 runs scored
  • 1,637 RBI
  • 253 stolen bases
  • .292 batting average
  • .393 on-base percentage
  • 1992 batting champion
  • 9-time All-Star
  • 5-time Silver Slugger
  • (3) Top 3 MVP finishes
  • Member of 1997 World Series Champions

There is no doubting that Gary Sheffield had a superb baseball career.  His numbers are top-notch, and at times they could be called staggering.

Sheffield’s 1996 baseball season as a member of the Florida Marlins could easily be tagged as the greatest offensive season in Marlins’ history.  And the 2004-06 stretch that Sheffield had with the Yankees was spectacular.

In addition to what can be called a high batting average for a guy that repeatedly belted 30+ home runs a season, Sheffield also proved to be a smart base runner with his 253 career swipes.

Sheffield had 8 seasons of at least 30 home runs and 100 RBI – and that cannot be ignored.  The fact that it happened over the span of 18 seasons shows that Sheff was a dependable and durable teammate.

What also cannot be ignored is that Gary Sheffield’s power numbers spiked sharply while in the twilight of his career.  Yes, he hit for power prior to his 30th birthday, but 38% of his career home runs came during the season in which he turned 32 years old.

Personally, when I think of Gary Sheffield my head goes to Marlins and Yankees – as these are the teams in which he left the most memorable impacts on my viewing of him as a player.  And those seasons were spectacular, for sure.

But is that enough to gain election into the Hall of Fame?  What effect, if any, does the steroid era have on this?  How does being teammates and friends of players that were also in the middle of the PED mess effect Sheffield’s status?

Let me say this – I would not at all be surprised if Gary Sheffield was involved with steroids, PEDS, etc.  It was a part of the game while he was at his best, and that makes it a relevant point when discussing his worthyness for entry into the Hall of Fame.  But, like others, Sheffield did a lot while relatively small-statured during the first decade of his career.  He was an accomplished hitter and good base runner.

As for the Hall of Fame?

I have to go with ‘Yes’.  I don’t feel as strongly about Sheffield as I do other future eligibles, but you cannot deny what he did on the field.  I think that the biggest knocks against Sheffield are that he (1) played for too many teams during his career (2) was not able step up and be ‘the reason’ that the Yankees won a title while with the team.

Still, the run production is sold, and the hitting is much better than the average or above average ‘slugger’.  For the peak years of his career, Sheffiled was a constant MVP threat and he was one of the best hitting outfielders in the game.  And when looking at his competition for that tag, it is very impressive.

So, yes, I give my vote to Gary Sheffield.  How about you???

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