Daily Archives: July 29, 2014

Joe Morgan 2014 Topps Archives – Base

Joe Morgan 2014 Topps Archives – Base

I was pretty excited when I saw Joe Morgan’s name on the 2014 Topps Archives checklist when it came out a few months ago.  I knew that this would be a god chance for me to grab a few more cards of Morgan for my collection, and hopefully that would lead to me getting on a streak of hauling in some more cards of my favorite second baseman of all-time.

Morgan is featured in the 1980 Topps part of the Archives set.  The 1980 design is a ’30-YOC’ favorite, and I am happy to see that he was thrown into this section of the set.

Here is the card:

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I like it, but I wish that it offered us more action.  During his prime, Joe Morgan was one of the most talented players in the sport – there was nothing that he could not do either in the field, at the plate, or on the base paths.  It would have been nice if Topps had chosen an image for this card that featured in-game action versus a posed portrait.

Maybe next time…

Mike Schmidt 2014 Topps Archives – Base – ‘BATTING CAGE CARD’

Mike Schmidt 2014 Topps Archives – Base

If you know me, you know that I love myself a ‘Batting Cage Card’.

For me, there is something about seeing the player work on his craft that gets me excited.  And when captured in photos, and even better when used on a baseball card, I am all over it.

This year’s Archives set features Mike Schmidt on the checklist, and he is matched up with the 1986 Topps baseball card design.

And the backdrop of the card?  A batting cage!

Have a look:

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Schmidt was a monster in 1986, capturing his third MVP Award.  My guess is that he spent a lot of time in the cage that season perfecting his craft.

His numbers:  .290 batting average, .390 on-base percentage, 160 hits, 29 doubles, 37 home runs, 97 runs scored, 119 RBI, 305 total bases, and he was walked intentionally 25 times.

MONSTER!!!

1975 Topps Set Card 206/660 – #531 – Cincinnati Reds Team Card

1975 Topps Set Card 206/660 – #531 – Cincinnati Reds Team Card

Progress: 206/660

Card Number:  531

Team:  Cincinnati Reds

Manager: Sparky Anderson

Notes From The 1975 Season:  The Cincinnati Reds were an offensive powerhouse in 1975.  Led by three future Hall of Famers and several other top-notch hitters, the Reds scored a ton of runs, 840 to be exact which was 254 more than their opposition.  The Reds had a record of 108-54 in 1975, winning their division by 20 games.  The dove into the playoffs full of steam and wound up winning the World Series 4 games to 3 over the Boston Red Sox.

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Did You Know…

The only hitter in Milwaukee Brewers franchise history to walk more than 100 times in a single season is Prince Fielder.  And he had accomplished that feat three times:  110 walks in 2009, 114 in 2010, and 107 in 2011.

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Derek Jeter Leaps Past Carl Yastrzemski With Hit #3,420 And Into 7th Place On The All-Time Hits List!!

Derek Jeter Leaps Past Carl Yastrzemski With Hit #3,420 And Into 7th Place On The All-Time Hits List!

From ESPN.com

ARLINGTON, Texas — New York Yankess shortstop Derek Jeter moved ahead of Carl Yastrzemski and into seventh place on baseball’s all-time hits list with three hits off Yu Darvish in the first seven innings of Monday night’s 4-2 loss to the Texas Rangers.

“You know, it’s quite an accomplishment,” Jeter said. “It’s tough to enjoy when you lost the game but yeah, I’m pretty sure when this season is over and done with, I’ll look back and get a chance to realize how special it was. But yeah, any time you talk about a list of all-time great players its pretty special.”

The Yankees’ 40-year-old captain accomplished the feat with a quintessential Jeter single: a drive into right field off an inside-out swing with two outs and a runner on first base in the seventh inning. The hit was the 3,420th of Jeter’s 20-year major league career, which puts him 10 hits behind No. 6 on the list, Honus Wagner. That will likely be the last hurdle Jeter can clear before his retirement at the end of this season; the player in fifth place, Tris Speaker, is 94 hits ahead, with 3,514.

Earlier in the game, Jeter had tied Yastrzemski with a ground-rule double, a line drive that bounced into the stands in distant right-center field in the third inning.

“It’s been neat to watch,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “He’s passed a lot of people; you think about the doubles, he broke that last week, and then you move up on the all-time hit list. He’s been amazing.”

Asked before the game to recall his favorite memories in the ballpark now called Global Life Park, Jeter said, “We’ve had some battles here in the postseason. Early in my career, on the way to the World Series, we had to go through some tough Texas teams. That’s what stands out the most.”

Now Jeter has a regular-season moment in Texas to remember as well.

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Bryce Harper 2014 Panini Prizm

Bryce Harper 2014 Panini Prizm

He’s starting to get his goove back!

Line drives…

Multi-hit games…

Home runs…

I knew that it may take a while for him to find it, but Bryce Harper is starting to get it going again.  And in a tight race at the top of the NL East with the Braves, Harper’s efforts will only help the Nationals stay competitive and near the top of the division.

I cannot wait to sit back and watch as it looks like his thumb is not bothering him.  And he also appears to be mentally engaged again – which will only help the Nationals climb to the top.

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Go Get ‘Em Kid!!