Daily Archives: August 17, 2013

Giancarlo Stanton 2012 Topps ‘Timeless Talents’ With Albert Belle

Giancarlo Stanton 2012 Topps ‘Timeless Talents’ With Albert Belle

While not a huge fan of Albert Belle, I have to say that Topps really nailed it with this ‘Timeless Talents’ card from the 2012 Topps set.

Giancarlo Stanton has the ability to put up numbers very similar to Belle – he is that good.

To get there, Stanton needs to spend more time in the cages and with the coaches working on his plate discipline.  He also needs to remain healthy – which is a big challenge for him.

Lastly, the Marlins need to cement him in the #4 spot in the batting order.  Stanton is not your best hitter, he is not a #3.  Find someone else for that job and put him where he belongs – You hear me, Redmond???

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1973 HEADLINE: Willie Mays Connects For Final Home Run Of His Career, #660!!!

1973 HEADLINE: Willie Mays Connects For Final Home Run Of His Career, #660!!!

On this day in 1973, Willie Mays hit the final home run of his career – #660!!

At Shea Stadium, in front of a crowd of more than 36,000 fans, the New York Mets hosted the Cincinnati Reds.  And in the bottom of the 4th inning, Willie Mays connected for the final home run of his amazing Hall of Fame career.  It was a solo shot off of Reds’ pitcher Don Gullett.  The Mets went on to lose the game 2-1.

Willie Mays had an amazing baseball career.  As one of the game’s most well-rounded players of all-time, smashing home run #660 was just another in the very long list of amazing accomplishments by the ‘Say Hey Kid’!!!

Happy Anniversary, Mr. Mays!

Happy Birthday Jorge Posada!!!

Happy Birthday Jorge Posada!!!

Jorge Posada turns 42 years old today.

I have always had a lot of respect for catchers.  I feel that their role is the most critical one on the team due to their handling of the entire pitching staff.  A good, strong catcher is able to communicate well, be a team leader, and must be trusted by each and every member of the pitching staff.  Jorge Posada is the perfect example of this.

Posada led the New York Yankees to 5 championship titles during his reign as their #1 catcher.  What is most impressive about this run of excellence is that the Yankees change players, and specifically pitchers, quite often.  Posada had the skills as a leader to be able to handle new pitchers added to the team while still keeping them as competitive and dominant as they need to be without skipping a beat.

Jorge Posada had a fantastic career and will go down as one of the best catchers from his generation.

Happy Birthday Mr. Posada!!!

Happy Birthday John ‘Boog’ Powell!!!

Happy Birthday John ‘Boog’ Powell!!!

‘Boog’ Powell turns 72 years old today.

The man who was beloved by the Baltimore Orioles and all of its fans is one of the most popular Orioles of all-time!!!

A 17-year bis league veteran, Powell spent 14 of his seasons with the Orioles.  He was a dynamic offensive threat that specialized in extra-base hits and driving in runs.  Over the course of his big league career, Powell collected 1,776 total hits with 620 of them (52%) going for extra bases.

Powell was a 4-time All-star player.  He won the American League’s MVP award in 1970 and also has a 2nd and 3rd place finish under his belt.

Powell competed in 4 World Series match-ups, winning three championships!!

Happy Birthday ‘Boog’!!!

Bryce Harper 2012 Topps – 1987 Topps Mini ‘Future Stars’ – ROOKIE CARD!!!

Bryce Harper 2012 Topps – 1987 Topps Mini ‘Future Stars’ – ROOKIE CARD!!!

If you collected baseball cards, specifically Topps baseball cards, in 1987, you were more than likely a fan of the ‘Future Stars’ in-set subset that featured Bo Jackson, Rafael Palmeiro, and BJ Surhoff.

Well, when the 2012 Topps checklist featured mini cards using the 1987 Topps design, I was super excited to see that they included a handful of modern ‘Future Stars’.

And as soon as I declared myself a Bryce Harper collector, I immediately made obtaining this card a goal.

And now, this is mine!!!

HARPER FUTURE STARS