Daily Archives: May 26, 2014

Giancarlo Stanton 2014 Donruss – Base – Mehhh….

Giancarlo Stanton 2014 Donruss – Base

I’ve had this one on my desk for a while now.  And while I don’t hate the card, I have really had no reason to move it to the front of my queue and show it off.

Instead, I have quickly scanned it.  And now I have posted it here at ’30-YOC’.  And next time, I will feature a Stanton card that is more worthy of air-time.

Here is the card.

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In my honest opinion, Donruss really screwed up with this release.  I would be very surprised to learn that the product was a financial success for them.  And even more surprised if they launched again in 2015…

Stay tuned.

Dustin Pedroia 2014 Topps ‘Spring Fever’ Redemption Card

Dustin Pedroia 2014 Topps ‘Spring Fever’ Redemption Card

Man, I love this ‘Spring Fever’ set.  The design is spot-on with the ‘Spring’ theme, and while the colors used for the graphics are not standard baseball colors, they work within this style.

Here is my most recent pick-up from the set.  This is the card of Red Sox superstar, Dustin Pedroia:

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I LOVE IT!!!!

Great colors.  Great action.  And a worthy member of the few players that get selected for this special set.

I hope that ‘Spring Fever’ is a Topps tradition that goes on for a few more years to come!!

1975 Topps Set Card 118/660 – #631 – Lee Lacy, Dodgers

1975 Topps Set Card 118/660 – #631 – Lee Lacy, Dodgers

Progress: 118/660

Player Name:  Lee Lacy

Team:  Los Angeles Dodgers

Position:  2nd Base

Image Style:  Posed Batting

Years In The Major Leagues:  16 seasons, 1972-87

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Lee Lacy played in 103 games for the Dodgers during the 1975 baseball season.  He hit .314 and had an on-base percentage of .356 with the team.  Lacy was a good source of run production for the Dodgers with his 40 RBI and 44 runs scored.  He had a keen eye at the plate striking out just 29 times in 336 plate appearances.

Notes From Career:   Lee Lacy was a career .286 hitter over 16 major league seasons.  He played for four different teams during that stretch, compiling 1,303 hits along the way.  Lacy played in four different World Series match-up winning titles in both the 1974 championship with the Dodgers and then again with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1979.

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1975 Topps Set Card 117/660 – #656 – Bill Plummer, Reds

1975 Topps Set Card 117/660 – #656 – Bill Plummer, Reds

Progress: 117/660

Player Name:  Bill Plummer

Team:  Cincinnati Reds

Position:  Catcher

Image Style:  Posed Batting

Years In The Major Leagues:  10 seasons, 1968, 1970-78

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Bill Plummer played in 65 games for the Reds in 1975.  He was primarily used as back-up catcher to Johnny Bench and as a pinch-hitter.  In 159 at-bats, Plummer collected just 29 hits – good for a .189 batting average.  Of his 29 hits, he connected for 7 doubles, 1 home run, and 22 singles.

Notes From Career:   Noted as a defensive specialist, Plummer was a great back-up player.  His solid play behind the plate kept him employed as a major league player for 10 seasons.  Offensively, Plummer struggled.  A career .188 hitter, he never had more than 38 hits in a season.  Bill Plummer was on the Reds’ roster for both the 1975 and 1976 World Series contests.  He did not see any playing time in either.

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Former Marlins’ Ace Josh Beckett Fires First No-Hitter Of 2014

Former Marlins’ Ace Josh Beckett Fires First No-Hitter Of 2014

From USAToday.com

Los Angeles Dodgers starter Josh Beckett was the pitcher no one wanted.

He was the dead money, $35 million worth, thrown into the mega Boston Red Sox-Dodgers’ trade two years ago.

The 34-year-old Beckett even wondered privately last summer whether he might have thrown his last pitch in the big leagues. And until two weeks ago, he had gone two years without winning a game.

Then, along came the glorious Sunday afternoon, when Beckett stood tall on the mound, mobbed by his teammates, celebrating the greatest regular-season game he ever pitched — the first no-hitter of the Major League Baseball season, 6-0, over the Philadelphia Phillies.

It was the 24th no-hitter in Dodgers’ history and their first since Hideo Nomo in 1996. It was the first no-hitter against the Phillies at home since 1969. And in 321 career starts, it was the first no-hitter in Beckett’s career.

Do you believe in sweet redemption?

“I didn’t think I had no-hit stuff,” said Beckett, once the posterboy for the Red Sox woes in 2012, and a culprit of the infamous chicken-and-beer escapades by pitchers during games. “I really just kept them guessing.”

Oh, he fooled everyone all right. Really, he’s been doing it all season long.

The Dodgers certainly weren’t counting on him this year. He was simply a candidate to make the team as a fifth starter. It’s why they signed Paul Maholm in spring training. Who could blame the Dodgers? He had a rib removed in thoracic outlet syndrome surgery last July to repair condition that was affecting his right shoulder.

He wondered if his career was over.

Let’s face it, if he wasn’t owed $17 million this year, the Dodgers wouldn’t have bothered bringing him back.

He worked out religiously all winter, telling himself if this was it, he was going to go out his way.

“I’m going to throw as hard as I can and see what happens,” Beckett said this spring. “I’ll throw the ball until I blow out, and I’m hoping that’s not for a few more years.”

Beckett, showing no fear Sunday, threw 128 pitches — the last a 94-mph fastball by Chase Utley for the final out and entrance into baseball history.

“It was awesome,” Beckett, who struck out six and walked three, told reporters afterward. “I took a moment in the ninth while I was warming up. It was what it was, and if I threw one, great. If not, I have healthy kids and a healthy wife — and that’s the main goal.”

A year ago, he was the unhealthy one — the numbness in his right hand and arm refused to go away. He was 0-5 with a 5.19 ERA when he was shut down for the season.

“It’s crazy how simple things,” Beckett said, “become difficult to do.”

Beckett showed up at spring training asking only that he be given the opportunity to prove to the Dodgers that he could help them.

“I’m here to try and win a job and let upper management take care of all the other stuff,” Beckett said that February morning. “I want to be with the Dodgers. I want to be a Dodger. I felt like I was treated really good last year through everything and I’d kind of like to help repay that.”

Well, guess who’s been a mainstay in the Dodgers’ starting rotation, showing that same fiery competitiveness that earned him the World Series MVP award in 2003 when the Marlins knocked off the Yankees?

Beckett doesn’t rely on his fastball any longer, but rather his curveball, throwing it almost any time in any situation. He has reestablished himself as one of the most consistent starters in the National League.

Now, nearly two years after the mega trade that included $275 million in contracts, with first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and left fielder Carl Crawford going from Boston to Los Angeles, and first baseman James Loney and prospects going to Boston, Beckett has emerged as the biggest surprise in the deal.

Beckett, who opened the year on the DL with a thumb injury, is now 3-1 with a 2.43 ERA. He has yielded two or fewer runs in six of his last eight starts, and, yes, he’s getting better.

“Josh has been throwing the ball good all year,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “For him to be able to do that today is nice, for everything he’s been through with us. The surgery last year, missing the whole season. Changing himself as a pitcher. Using the breaking ball more and everything else.

“It was fun to watch.”‘

If the Dodgers have a sense of humor, they’ll even have chicken and beer on the flight home to Los Angeles. And celebrate the man who is a living testament to what can happen when you refuse to give up.

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Andy Pettitte 2014 Topps Series 1 Subset – ‘Super Veterans’

Andy Pettitte 2014 Topps Series 1 Subset – ‘Super Veterans’

When I got back into the hobby of baseball card collecting in the summer of 2008, my goal was to pay homage to the players that helped build my love for the game and the hobby.

The first subset I put together that helped me with that cause was the ‘Super Veterans’ subset from the 1983 Topps baseball card set.  This set is a beauty and it highlights the true legends of the game as their careers were winding down.

For the last few years, I have actively been begging Topps to bring this subset back and pay honor to today’s ‘Super Veterans’.  And while I cannot confirm that they obliged my request, I was very excited to see that a 15-card ‘Super Veterans’ subset was part of the 2014 Topps Series 1 release.

I am building the set now.  Here is the card of Andy Pettitte:

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Andy Pettitte closed his career at the end of the 2013 baseball season.

His resume includes a 256-153 record, good for a win percentage of 62.6.  Pettitte worked 3,316 innings during his career while tallying 2,448 strikeouts and an ERA of 3.85.

Pettitte was selected as an All-Star three times and finished in the Top 6 for the Cy Young Award on five different occasions.  He made it to the postseason in 14 of his 18 years as a major league pitcher.  Pettitte played in 8 World Series match-ups and won 5 times.