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Happy Birthday Manny Ramirez!!!

Happy Birthday Manny Ramirez!!!

Manny Ramirez turns 41 years old today.

One of the most exciting players to have suited up over the last thirty years, Manny Ramirez blended the perfect amount of contact hitting, power hitting, and clutch hitting into his repertoire that made him a lot of fun to watch.

Unfortunately, suspension for the use of illegal performance enhancing drugs tarnished his image almost overnight and Manny went from being heralded as one of the game’s greatest offensive talents to a joke rather quickly.  A second suspension for the same infraction almost surely ended his route to the Hall of Fame and immediately changed the way he was viewed by the sport and its fans.

A 1-time shoe-in for the 3,000 hits club, the 600 home runs club, and the Hall of Fame, Ramirez is not battling for his image; an image that has been destroyed by failing two drug tests for steroids.

We wish you well Manny.  Thank you for the fun times while they lasted – it was a blast.

Happy Birthday!!

David Ortiz 2014 Topps Series 1 Subset – ‘Super Veterans’

David Ortiz 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 David Ortiz:

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David Ortiz is on his way to Cooperstown.

Upon entering the 2014 major league baseball season, Ortiz was already a 3-time World Series champion and 9-time All-Star.  He has more than 2,000 career hist with 1450+ RBI and he continues to climb the all-time HR list as he chases 500.

Ortiz is the winner of six Silver Slugger Awards.  He is a lifetime .287 hitter and he has 7 seasons of 30 or more home runs on his resume.

2013 Topps Update ‘Postseason Heroes’ Subset – David Ortiz

2013 Topps Update ‘Postseason Heroes’ Subset – David Ortiz

The 2013 Topps Update baseball card set includes a subset tagged as ‘Postseason Heroes.  And with that theme, you would expect to find cards of modern players like Albert Pujols, Edgar Renteria, and Pablo Sandoval but none of these guys made the checklist.

That does leave room for some nice surprises…

This is the card of David Ortiz from the set:

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While he is still in the process of writing his postseason legacy, David Ortiz has already cemented himself as one of the sport’s great playoff heroes.

As a member of the Boston Red Sox for the past 11 seasons, Ortiz has helped take Boston to the playoffs seven times.  He has compiled a career playoff batting average of .295 while connecting for 17 home runs and driving in 60 runs.

Amazingly, in World Series play, he is even better.  Much better.  In three World Series match-ups, Ortiz has played in 14 games.  He had amassed a .455 batting average while going 20-for-44.  Of his 20 hits, 6 are doubles and 3 are home runs.  He has driven in 14 RBI in those 14 games while also scoring 14 runs.

Hall Of Fame Debate: Taking Another Look At ‘Big Papi’ David Ortiz

Hall Of Fame Debate: Taking Another Look At ‘Big Papi’ David Ortiz

We all know that without David Ortiz’s performance in the 2013 World Series that the Boston Red Sox would have been more challenged for the title.  His performance was epic, by all standards, and he deservedly was crowned as the World Series MVP.

In February of this year, we debated Ortiz’s Hall of Fame eligibility and gave our thoughts on his potential induction into Cooperstown.

The end result of that debate was pretty split.  You can review that original post here.

My question tonight is this – Did Papi’s performance in the 2013 World Series change your mind?  Did that sole series change your opinion on him?  We know it built his legacy as a player – that is not questionable.  But, did it elevate his status when you think about him as a possible ‘Hall of Famer’.

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For me, I had him penciled in as a future HOF’er before this season started.  His 2013 WS performance only solidified that stance in my eyes.

What do you think??  In 6 games, does your vote now swing towards David Ortiz and his future as a Hall of Famer?

Let me hear it!!

David Ortiz Becomes The All-Time Hits Leader At DH!!!!

David Ortiz Becomes The All-Time Hits Leader At DH!!!!

From SI.com

SEATTLE — Boston’s David Ortiz has passed Harold Baines to become Major League Baseball’s career leader in hits by a designated hitter.

Ortiz collected his 1,689th hit as a DH when he doubled to left-center field leading off the second inning Wednesday night against the Seattle Mariners. Ortiz received a loud ovation from the fans at Safeco Field when the milestone was shown on the video board and tipped his cap in appreciation.

Ortiz already holds marks for the most runs scored, doubles, home runs, extra-base hits and RBIs by a designated hitter. Ortiz entered Wednesday night on a roll, hitting .403 at the plate over his previous 20 games. He had four hits on Tuesday night to tie Baines’ mark, including two doubles and a home run.
David Ortiz

Happy Birthday Manny Ramirez!!!

Happy Birthday Manny Ramirez!!!

Manny Ramirez turns 40 years old today.

One of the most exciting players to have suited up over the last twenty years.  Ramirez blended the perfect amount of contact hitting, power hitting, and clutch hitting into his repertoire that made him a lot of fun to watch.

Unfortunately, suspension for the use of illegal performance enhancing drugs tarnished his image almost overnight and Manny went from being heralded as one of the game’s greatest offensive talents to a joke rather quickly.  A second suspension for the same infraction almost surely ended his route to the Hall of Fame and immediately changed the way he was viewed by the sport and its fans.

A 1-time shoe-in for the 3,000 hits club, the 600 home runs club, and the Hall of Fame, Ramirez is not battling for his image; an image that has been destroyed by failing two drug tests for steroids.

We wish you well Manny.  Thank you for the fun times while they lasted – it was a blast.

Happy Birthday!!

Curt Schilling’s Bloody Sock From 2004 World Series Sells For $92,613

Curt Schilling’s Bloody Sock From 2004 World Series Sells For $92,613

The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — A bloody sock worn by Curt Schilling while pitching for the Boston Red Sox in Game 2 of the 2004 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals was sold for $92,613 at a live auction on Saturday night at the Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion.

Schilling had loaned his sock to the National Baseball Hall of Fame Museum but when his Rhode Island-based video game company ”38 Studios” went bankrupt, he decided to sell the sock that was bloodied as he pitched on an injured ankle.

Bidding began at $25,000 several weeks ago. Texas-based Heritage Auctions anticipated it would get more than $100,000.

An anonymous bidder submitted the winning bid.

”It’s a one of a kind item, so it’s really tough to gauge what kind of interest you’re going to get,” Chris Ivy, director of Sports Auctions for Heritage Auctions said. ”Sometimes you catch lightning in a bottle where a piece will take off like the Buckner ball. This particular time, it’s the first time we sold a sock with blood on it so it’s very hard to gauge what kind of final number it’s going to end up.”

Schilling helped end Boston’s 86-year championship drought – the ”Curse of the Bambino” – by pitching on an ankle that had been sutured more than once through the postseason. Pitching with a damaged tendon resulted in bleeding through the sock. Still, Schilling allowed only a run in six innings.

Hall Of Fame Debate: Buy OR Sell – David ‘Big Papi’ Ortiz

Hall Of Fame Debate:  Buy OR Sell – David ‘Big Papi’ Ortiz

I promise that I will not do this too often for current major league players…

I really don’t know why, but I have had ‘Papi On The Brain’ for the better part of this week.  And while I am not particularly a fan of his or of the Red Sox, I will admit that he is one of the few hitters that when he is at the plate, he demands your attention.

This was a quiet offseason for Ortiz due to his signing of a 2-year contract extension during the offseason of 2012.  But, I am sure that he will make headlines again at the conclusion of the 2013 baseball season due to his free agent status.  And more likely than not, he will probably re-sign with the Boston Red Sox for the fourth time.

I got to thinking about the great moments that Ortiz has provided the baseball world over the last decade.  He absolutely has the needed ‘Magical Moments’ that help elevate a player’s status, but are his numbers Hall of Fame worthy??

That is tonight’s question: Do You Buy OR Sell David Ortiz As A Hall Of Famer??

Let’s start with the obvious – Ortiz is a fantastic hitter.  Entering the 2013 baseball season, he has a career .285 batting average, with six seasons of hitting .300 or better on his resume.

Ortiz also has 401 career home runs.  And at the age of 37, he still has a real chance to reach the magical number of 500 if he remains healthy and in the everyday lineup.  Of his ten seasons with the Red Sox, Ortiz has connected for 30+ home runs three times, 40+ twice, and a career high of 54 home runs in 2006.

Ortiz has also been solid at driving in runs for the Sox.  He has 1,326 career RBI and will more than likely eclipse 1,500 before he retires.  Papi has driven in 100 or more runs in six of his ten seasons in Boston.

He has also been a member of the elite ’30/100 Club’ six times.  This puts him in an elite grouping of today’s players.

Ortiz is an 8-time All-Star and a 5-time Silver Slugger Award winner.  And from 2003-2007, he had an amazing streak of five straight ‘Top Five’ finishes for the American League’s MVP Award.

Ortiz has won two World Series titles with the Red Sox, 2004 and 2007.  He has a batting average of .321 in the World Series and has hit one home run, scored 7 runs, and driven in 8 runs in the Fall Classic.

Is this resume grand enough to gain entry into the Hall of Fame??

I say ‘YES’.  Big Papi is a fantastic ambassador for the sport, and his joy of the game is infectious.  His on-the-field accomplishments are on par, if not greater than, the best hitters of his era.  And his winning ways since joining the Red Sox in 2003 define him as a winning ballplayer. 

Sure, he is primarily a designated hitter, but he is and has been a feared part of the Boston Red Six lineup for the better part of ten seasons..  And I don’t think that just because he is primarily used as a DH that he should get any less consideration or votes for Hall of Fame entry when he becomes eligible.

His career may be incomplete at this point, but in my opinion unless something drastically bad halts Ortiz’s progress over the next 3-4 years, he is absolutely Hall of Fame material!!!!

David Oritz

Curt Schilling To Sell ‘Bloody Sock’ Made Famous During 2004 World Series

Curt Schilling To Sell ‘Bloody Sock’ Made Famous During 2004 World Series

By David Brown, Big League Stew, Yahoo Sports

 

Famous people’s unwashed underwear. That’s where the money’s at.

Sensing an opportunity to make some cash, former major leaguer Curt Schilling is auctioning the second-most famous sock of his career, a bloody one worn on his right foot when he pitched Game 2 of the 2004 World Series for the Boston Red Sox. The Stew reported this possibility in October.

As Deadspin nobly points out, it’s not THE SOCK ™, the one Schilling wore when he pitched against the New York Yankees in the ALCS during Boston’s historic comeback, when the sutures in his surgically repaired ankle ruptured , he bled through and became something of a supernatural figure in Red Sox lore.

Where’s that sock? Probably in a landfill in New York somewhere. Schilling and the Red Sox weren’t savvy enough to save it before it was discarded in a Yankee Stadium dumpster and taken out with the rest of the icky trash. Who knows what that sock might go for on the open market? All we have is Schilling’s second bloody sock. ESPN’s Darren Rovell, who has made a cottage industry of tracking the value of everything in the known universe, made a guess as to what it’s worth:

 

It’s a tremendous piece of memorabilia that has been in the Baseball Hall of Fame for years. The blood, produced from a sutured tendon in his foot, symbolized the fight for the Boston Red Sox to finally win a title for the first time in 86 years.

Schilling has considered selling the item in the past, first in February 2005. At the time, a Red Sox collector I interviewed said he would bid on it and that he expected the price to soar north of $600,000. Others told me that number was light and that the sock could draw bids above $1 million.

(AP, Heritage Auctions)

Oh, sure. Schilling’s blood-encrusted sock gets into the Hall of Fame but Jeff Bagwell can’t. Can Rovell’s sources be right? A million bucks for a dirty sock? OK, a famous dirty sock? Schilling obviously hopes so. His other recent big business venture, a video game studio, collapsed due to mismanagement after reportedly producing one title. Will selling a million-dollar sock make up for the losses? It won’t begin to cover it, but selling the sock is part of a deal Schilling made to cover his debts.

Side question: In 100 years when cloning is common, will the owner of the bloody sock be able to make Li’l Curt Schillings from the dried DNA in the sock? What an epidemic it would be.

Heritage Auctions reports that the bidding starts in early February, with the hot and heavy auctioning set to wrap up Feb. 23-24.

Baseball Card Show Purchase #7 – Lot Of 3 1992 Topps Manny Ramirez Rookie Cards!!!

Baseball Card Show Purchase #7 – Lot Of 3 1992 Topps Manny Ramirez Rookie Cards!!!

I cannot believe that I found these three cards in the dime bin at the show.  And they were all together in the multi-row box making pulling them for my purchase even easier.

Say what you will about Manny Ramirez, but adding rookie cards of him to my collection seemed like a great decision.  Maybe I will hang on to them?  Maybe I will offer them up as a future contest prize on the blog?

Either way, buying three Manny Ramirez rookie baseball cards for just thirty cents was a deal that I could not pass up.

Here they are: