Daily Archives: April 19, 2014

Jose Fernandez 2014 Donruss – Base

Jose Fernandez 2014 Donruss – Base

I don’t like the set and I don’t care for all of the recycled pieces of ‘other’ cards that Donruss gave us with this release.

But, the card does feature my guy, Jose Fernandez.  So, I had to grab one!!

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And one is where I will stop.

Andrew McCutchen 2013 Bowman Platinum

Andrew McCutchen 2013 Bowman Platinum

I tell you what, Bowman’s product is sharp!

Need proof?

Have a look at the 2013 Bowman Platinum card of Andrew McCutchen:

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I told you!

The card features a great, action-packed image that is brimming with color.  I like how Bowman allows for the image to be the main attraction while still giving us a very nice graphic element.

Welcome to ‘Design 101’ courtesy of Bowman.

1975 Topps Set Card 78/660 – #628 – Ron LeFlore, Tigers

1975 Topps Set Card 78/660 – #628 – Ron LeFlore, Tigers

Progress: 78/660

Player Name:  Ron LeFlore

Card Number:  628

Team:  Detroit Tigers

Position:  Outfield

Image Style:  Posed Batting

Years In The Major Leagues:  9 seasons, 1974-82

Notes From His 1975 Season:  The 1975 baseball season was LeFlore’s first full-time season in the big leagues.  In 136 games played, he hit .258 and had an on-base percentage of .302. He connected for 142 hits in 1975, including 13 doubles, 6 triples, and 8 home runs.  LeFlore stole 28 bases in ’75 en route to scoring 66 runs.

Notes From Career:   LeFlore was an elite base stealing during his major leauge career.  He led the league in steals twice during his 9-year career.  In total, LeFlore stole 455 bases while being caught 142 times.  He had a career on-base percentage of .342 and scored 731 runs, including three seasons of at least 100 or more runs in a single season.  LeFlore was named as an American League All-Star in 1976.

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Did You Know…

The first pitcher in Tampa Bay Rays history to record 200 strikeouts in a single season was Scott Kazmir.  In 2007, Kazmir struck out 239 batters while walking just 89.  He had a K:9 innings ratio of 10.4:9 and a K:Walk ratio of 2.69:1.

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Happy Birthday Frank Viola!!!

Happy Birthday Frank Viola!!!

Frank Viola turns 54 years old today.

Frank Viola didn’t take baseball by storm the way some other pitchers did during their first season in the majors. Drafted out of college in 1981, Viola debuted with the Minnesota Twins in the middle of the 1982 season and the next year and a half were a learning process for both him and the Twins team.

It was not until the 1984 season when Viola took off and began dominating hitters. After going 11-25 in his first two seasons, Viola sparkled in ’84 when he went 18-12 while pitching 250+ innings. In each season from 1984-1993, Viola had double-digit wins with the most being 24 wins during the 1988 season.

In 1987, Viola helped the Twins win the World Series and he earned the World Series MVP Award for his outstanding pitching performance. Viola started 3 games against the Cardinals and went 2-1. He displayed amazing control in a pressure filled series as he only allowed 3 walks in 19+ innings, while striking out 16.

The ’88 season was very special for Viola. Not only did he go 24-7, but he also had the lowest ERA of his career at 2.64. That year, Viola earned 27 of the 28 first place votes for the Cy Young Award.

After 8 seasons with the Twins, Viola spent the last 7 years of his career playing for the New York Mets, Boston Red Sox, Cincinnati Reds, and lastly the Toronto Blue Jays.

With a career record of 176-150, Viola’s record does not stand out as an above average pitcher. But, when you examine the kinds of teams he played for and their success you begin to see how valuable his efforts were as most of these teams had losing records. With 4 Top 6 Cy Young award finishes, and 1 win of the award, Viola should go down as one of the most consistent pitchers of the 1980’s.

Happy Birthday Mr. Viola!!

Andre Dawson 2004 Leaf Certified Materials – GOLD – Numbered To 25!!

Andre Dawson 2004 Leaf Certified Materials – GOLD – Numbered To 25!!

Oh yeah, anytime you can add a card limited to just 25 copies to your collection, you should go for it. And if said card happens to feature your favorite player of all-time, it is worth taking and making the extra effort to bring the card home.

And that is precisely what I did when I landed this card of Andre Dawson from the 2004 Leaf Certified Materials set.  The card featured Dawson in his Red Sox uniform, and as you can see below, this is the Gold version of the card.

The Gold cards were limited to just 25 copies.  Mine is numbered as 18/25.

Have a look:

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This is not the first card of Andre that I have scored from this set.  I have a small stack of cards from the regular issue, including the base cards and a few other serial numbered parallels.  I also have a few of the cards from the jersey and patch relic sets that feature Dawson.  And an autograph too!

Maybe there are some other gems from this issue out there for me to find.  If so, I’m ready to get them!