Daily Archives: November 20, 2013

Jim Palmer 2013 Topps Update ‘Postseason Heroes’

Jim Palmer 2013 Topps Update ‘Postseason Heroes’

Late last week I announced that I would be going after the complete 2013 Topps ‘Postseason Heroes’ subset.

In preparation for that quest, I set out to see how I could piece the set together as economically as possible.

And in that process, I nabbed a lot of 2 of the cards from the set that feature Jim Palmer.

One for me, and one for my subset!!

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That’s called ‘Two Birds And One Stone’…

YES!!!

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Chris Sale

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Chris Sale

With the new 2013 Topps Archives baseball card set release, the ‘Mini Tallboys’ subset is easily one of the best parts of the issue.

The cards from this subset offer a very basic, but throwback feel that screams vintage. The set is 40 cards deep and offers a nice mixture of current players, stars from the 1980′s, and Hall of Fame legends.

This is the Chris Sale card from the set:

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In the last two seasons, Chris Sale has established himself as one of the game’s best young left-handed pitchers in the sport.

At just 24 years old, Sale has a career win-loss record of 32-25, with a personal best of 17 wins in 2012.  Sale has a career ERA of 2.97, and in 500 innings of work, he has struck out 529 batters.

I have no idea what kind of support Sale is going to get in 2014 from his White Sox teammates, but I do believe that he will continue to make strides and stake his claim as the ‘best young lefty in the American League’.

Go Get ‘Em Chris!!

Reggie Jackson 2008 Donruss Threads Diamond Kings

Reggie Jackson 2008 Donruss Threads Diamond Kings

For me, the 2008 Donruss Threads Diamond Kings set is so much nicer than the other Donruss Threads set.  These Diamond Kings cards offer a lot more to the card with a more involved graphic design and color scheme.

Here is the Reggie Jackson card from the set:

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As you can see, while this card is tagged as a ‘Diamond Kings’ card it does not resemble any of the 1980’s Diamond Kings cards that we are all familiar with.

This card is so nice.  The Sepia-toned background is perfect as it allows for Reggie and his Yankees’ uniform the chance to really stand out and take center stage.

And very few took ‘Center Stage’ the way that Mr. October did.

This card is a fantastic addition to my Reggie Jackson collection!!

1990 HEADLINE: Oakland’s Rickey Henderson Captures The American League MVP Award

1990 HEADLINE: Oakland’s Rickey Henderson Captures The American League MVP Award

On this day in 1990, Rickey Henderson was award with the American League’s MVP award.

Rickey Henderson is the kind of player that can challenge for the MVP crown during each season that he plays.  His ability to separate himself from the rest of the league gave him constant respect from the voters.

It was no surprise that Rickey won the American League MVP award in 1990 – it’s just kind of surprising that it was his only one!!

In 1990, Henderson was the key that ignited the mighty Oakland A’s offense.  During that year, Rickey batted .325 and had an on-base percentage of .439.  He collected 159 hits, scored 119 runs, stole 65 bases ans smacked 28 home runs.  And in 594 plate appearances, Rickey struck out just 60 times.

Henderson’s 1990 campaign also included an All-star selection, a Silver Slugger award, and a trip to the World Series!!

Congratulations Rickey!!!

1984 HEADLINE: Dwight Gooden Becomes Youngest ROY In Baseball History

1984 HEADLINE: Dwight Gooden Becomes Youngest ROY In Baseball History

On this day in 1984, Dwight Gooden became the youngest player in major league history to capture the Rookie Of The Year award.

Debuting in ’84 at the young age of 19, Gooden was fierce!

He made 31 starts that season, and compiled a 19-7 record.  He amassed 276 strikeouts during that campaign, and finished the season with a very low and respectable 2.60 ERA.

In addition to an All-Star team selection, Gooden finished in second place for the NL’s Cy Young award.

Happy Anniversary Doc!!!

Million Dollar Question – Does The ‘MVP Award’ Also Mean ‘The Best Player’??

Million Dollar Question – Does The ‘MVP Award’ Also Mean ‘The Best Player’??

This is an interesting question, and one that seems to come up a lot more often during MLB’s Awards week.

As the days led up to announcement of who won the AL and NL MVP Awards, I watched a lot of shows on MLB Network to get a little insight as to who the ‘experts’ thought would win the MVP.

And you know what, these voters are all using different rules.  Some take the player that they feel is the best player in the sport while others take the guy that they feel helped contribute the most wins for their teams.

Where do you sit on this??

Let me give you my thoughts.  Ultimately, I think that baseball should introduce another award called, ‘Offensive Player Of The Year’ (OPOTY).  This would allow for the voters to vote for the best offensive player in the game while keeping the MVP Award in tact and a little more defined too.  For the ‘OPOTY’, the numbers would mean a lot more – and a player like Paul Goldschmidt and Mike Trout might capture more votes as a result.  The numbers do not have to do with translating to wins, simply pure offense.  And then the MVP Award would become a more ‘true’ award that praised the ‘Most Valuable’ player – the guy that did the most to put his team in a position to win.  This newly revised MVP Award would celebrate the player with the most plays that either saved runs from being scored while also helping put their team in a position to win games by driving in runs to give their teams the lead.  I also think that this new thought of thinking would give the pitcher a much greater chance to win the award, which I think is fair.  If a pitcher wins 18 games in a season due to his efforts, can an offensive player achieve more wins based on his performance on the field?

Think about this.  In 1987, Andre Dawson won the NL MVP Award.  He was the first player in major league history to win the award for a last place team.  Since ’87, only one other player to follow suit – Alex Rodriguez when he was in Texas.  In my newly defined awards, both players were greater candidates for the ‘OPOTY’ as their contributions on the field did not result in elevating their team.

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Could a player win both awards?  Certainly!!  If would be even more special…

What do you think about this?  How do you choose your ‘MVP’ when looking at the greatest talents in the game?

Time to debate!!!