Daily Archives: November 14, 2013

Fergie Jenkins 2013 Panini Hometown Heroes – Texas

Fergie Jenkins 2013 Panini Hometown Heroes – Texas

It is nice to see Panini giving Fergie Jenkins so much love this season.

This has allowed my Jenkins collection to grow a bit bigger this year as new cards are being made of him at a higher rate than in years past.

My latest Jenkins purchase comes from the 2013 Panini Hometown Heroes set.  He is celebrated in the set for his time spent with the Texas Rangers franchise.

Here is the card:

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I like it.  I like the Panini ‘HH’ logo and the graphics that run across the bottom of the card.

Would I like to see a Texas ‘T’ in the center of his cap?  Sure.  But, I will take what I can get. and right now I am just happy to have added another card to my Fergie Jenkins collection.

Oh, Yeah!!!

Vince Coleman 1991 Topps – LIVE ACTION!!!!

Vince Coleman 1991 Topps

Now, this is what I am talking about – Full Action On A Baseball Card!!!

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I don’t know why, but so many of the Vince Coleman cards that I have picked up show him doing little to nothing.  Very few give you the feeling of energy that he brought to the Cardinals’ line-up.

While I know it is impossible to expect that every card features action, I don’t think it is a stretch to want that.  And I don’t think that it is asking too much to get that more often than not…

When I wrap up my Vince Coleman collection, I think I will break it down a little differently.  Sure, I will still do a ‘Fab Five’ of my favorites from the collection, but I think I will provide some stats too as I think his cards lean heavily towards non-action versus action.

Stay tuned for that.  I am just a few cards away!!

1973 HEADLINE: Reggie Jackson Is The American League’s Unanimous MVP!!!

1973 HEADLINE: Reggie Jackson Is The American League’s Unanimous MVP!!!

On this day in 1973, Reggie Jackson won the American League MVP award in a unanimous vote.

Taking all 24 first-place votes, Reggie easily out-distanced Jim Palmer and Amos Otis who finished in 2nd and 3rd place respectively.

So, how did Jackson convince all of the voters that year??  Well, he let his bat do the talking….

Reggie led the league in five major offensive categories:  99 runs scored, 32 home runs, 117 RBI, .531 slugging percentage, and .914 OPS.

Very valuable indeed!!

Congratulations Mr. Jackson!!!!

Happy Birthday Curt Schilling!!!

Happy Birthday Curt Schilling!!!

Curt Schilling turns 47 years old today.

When you look at Schilling’s career numbers that span over 20 years, they are pretty impressive.  Don’t forget that for the first 12 years of his career he played with the Baltimore Orioles, Houston Astros, and Philadelphia Phillies.  None of these teams were doing much to support their pitchers while Curt was there.

With 216 career wins, 83 complete games, 3116 strikeouts and 3 20-win seasons under his belt, I wonder where he ranks against some of the other pitchers of his era.  A 3-time runner up for the Cy Young award and a 6-time All-Star, Curt Schilling has accomplished what few pitchers have been able to do.  Curt got better after his 30th birthday; much better!  I know that a lot of this has to do with the fact that he pitched for Arizona and Boston, both of whom he won a World Series with, but his ERA and strikeouts improved as well and those are individual stats.

I am not certain if Schilling is a Hall of Fame worthy player or not, but having 2 World Series rings does not hurt his resume.  Think of all of the 200+ winning pitchers with no championships and all of a sudden Schilling rises to the top.

Happy Birthday Mr. Schilling!!!

Los Angeles Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw Wins 2013 National League Cy Young Award

Los Angeles Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw Wins 2013 National League Cy Young Award

From The LA Times

 

Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw won his second National League Cy Young Award on Wednesday, joining Sandy Koufax as the only pitchers in franchise history to receive the honor more than once.

 

Kershaw got 29 of the 30 first-place votes. He won in 2011 and finished second last year.

 

He led the major leagues in earned-run average for the third consecutive season, joining Greg Maddux (1993-95) and Koufax (1962-66) as the only pitchers to accomplish the feat.

 

A Dodgers pitcher has won the Cy Young Award a record 11 times, including Koufax in 1963, 1965, and 1966. The Philadelphia Phillies and Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves each have had pitchers win seven times.

 

Kershaw was 16-9 with a 1.83 ERA, the lowest mark by a major league starter since Pedro Martinez had a 1.74 ERA with the 2000 Boston Red Sox. Maddux was the last NL starter to do better, with a 1.63 ERA with the 1995 Atlanta Braves.

 

Kershaw, 25, led the NL in strikeouts and WHIP (walks and hits per inning pitched). He ranked among the top three in victories, innings pitched, complete games, shutouts, pickoffs and opponent batting average.

 

“I’m a little biased,” catcher A.J. Ellis said in September, “but I think I have the best seat, catching the best pitcher in baseball.”

 

Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals placed second, receiving the one first-place vote not awarded to Kershaw. Jose Fernandez of the Miami Marlins, who beat the Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig for NL rookie of the year, finished third in the Cy Young vote.

 

Kershaw also is expected to garner some votes in the NL most-valuable-player race. The results will be announced Thursday, although the top three finishers already have been disclosed and he is not among them. The MVP finalists, in alphabetical order: Paul Goldschmidt of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Yadier Molina of the Cardinals.

 

 

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Detroit Tigers’ Max Scherzer Wins 2013 American League Cy Young Award

Detroit Tigers’ Max Scherzer Wins 2013 American League Cy Young Award

From The Detroit Free Press

This season, Tigers’ right-handed starter Max Scherzer was the best pitcher in the American League.

He led the league in wins. He finished second in strikeouts. He finished third in wins above replacement.

And on Wednesday night, he was named the 2013 AL Cy Young Award winner by the Baseball Writers Association of America.

“Ahhhhh!!! What a feeling!! Can’t wait to get my hands on this trophy!!” Scherzer tweeted shortly after winning the award.

Scherzer won with 28 of 30 first-place votes and finished ahead of Texas’ Yu Darvish and Seattle’s Hisashi Iwakuma. Fellow Tigers’ starter Anibal Sanchez finished fourth, and Chicago’s Chris Sale finished fifth.

In 2013, Scherzer enjoyed a breakout campaign of 21 wins with a 2.90 ERA and 240 strikeouts in 214 1/3 innings.

He didn’t suffer his first defeat until July 13 and lost only three games total, benefited greatly by the Tigers’ offensive run support.

“It meant a lot,” he told a MLB Network panel about the wins before the announcement, “Because when you look at the history of the game, the guys who are 20-game winners, they’re legends in the game. It just means so much to me. I can only thank my teammates because of it. They always put me in a position to win.”

In July, he was named the starting pitcher for the AL in the All-Star Game.

Scherzer becomes the fifth Cy Young Award winner in Tigers’ history.

Justin Verlander won in 2011. Closer Willie Hernandez won in 1984, Denny McLain shared the award in 1969 and won it outright in 1968.

Scherzer recorded five double-digit strikeout games, reaching a season-high 12 twice, and failed to pitch six innings only five times in 32 total starts. He ranked in the top five of the most important statistical categories in the league and pointed towards the addition of a curveball this year in his results.

“It was huge, that’s the reason why I had so much success this year,” Scherzer said. “Every single year I try to do something better than the next. Because that I think I took a big step forward in 2013 and obviously because of that, I was voted Cy Young Award winner.”

Sanchez garnered one first-place vote, one second-place vote and one third-place vote.

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2 Incredibly Sweet Additions To My ‘Ultimate Dawson’ Signed Baseball Collection!!!

2 Incredibly Sweet Additions To My ‘Ultimate Dawson’ Signed Baseball Collection!!!

You read that right, two newly signed Andre Dawson baseballs for my collection – YES!!

It had been a while since I sent items to Andre’s foundation with the goal of adding new pieces to my ‘Ultimate Dawson‘ set of memorabilia and cards that honors his career.

So, this time around, I sent two baseballs.  And with each ball was a request for a unique inscription to accompany his near-perfect signature.

It took between 4-5 weeks for my items to get returned back to me, but the end result is exactly what I was seeking  – gems for my collection.

And this time around, I opted for a few unique inscriptions.

Here is Ball #1

Dawson HR Derby Ball

Inscribed with ‘1987 HR Derby Champ’ this is a nice piece that celebrates Andre winning the derby in his MVP season of 1987.  The derby back then was not  showcased that way that it is today, but this event was important for him because it allowed him to showcase his talent on a larger scale versus what he had done in Montreal during the first ten seasons of his career.

And now, on to Ball #2.

Here we go!!!

Dawson 400300 Ball

Ball #2 is inscribed with ‘400/300 Club’.  And this ball represents Andre Dawson’s place in major league history.  Andre is one of just three players in major league history to connect for 400 home runs and steal 300 bases.  The other members of this elite unit?  How about Willie Mays and Barry Bonds – that is pretty elite talent.

All-in-all, I am thrilled with these new additions to my ‘Ultimate Dawson’ collection.  These balls add more depth to my set of signed balls and highlight some pretty impressive feats that Andre accomplished during his playing days.

Both balls have been signed perfectly, and I am very thankful that Mr. Dawson as once again obliged me with some fantastic piece for my collection.

Thanks for reading.