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2011 HEADLINE: Mariano Rivera Becomes All-Time Save Leader

2011 HEADLINE: Mariano Rivera Becomes All-Time Save Leader

The familiar opening guitar riff and drum beat from Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” blared, and what has become perhaps the most legendary custom in the Yankees’ rich history commenced.

As the door to the outfield bullpen opened and Mariano Rivera appeared, the Yankee Stadium crowd rose to its feet. It would grow louder still through the scoreless ninth as the ever-dominant reliever converted yet another save. This one, the 602nd of his career, was one for the record books.

In preserving New York’s 6-4 victory against the Twins on Monday afternoon in the Bronx, Rivera eclipsed Trevor Hoffman for the top spot on baseball’s all-time saves list. The win, coupled with a Boston afternoon loss, trims New York’s playoff magic number to four and the club’s magic number to win the American League East to five.

It’s the seventh time in Rivera’s illustrious career that he has recorded at least 43 saves in a season (1997, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2005 and 2009), as he continues to build on yet another 40-save year. Only Hoffman, who has done it nine times, has more than Rivera’s eight 40-save seasons.

It was the right-hander’s 290th save at home and 32nd against the Twins.

Happy Birthday CC Sabathia!!!

Happy Birthday CC Sabathia!!!

CC Sabathia turns 34 years old today.

Always the bridesmaid, never the bride, CC Sabathia always ranks as on the sport’s great pitchers, but he never quit gets the credit from the media for the tremendous efforts he has put into his 14+ season career.

Winning games at a 64% clip, Sabathia is a 6-time All-star and has won at least 13 games in 11 of his 14 seasons.

A dominant pitcher with very good control, CC hovers around the 2.8 K:walk ratio on a regular basis. And with a World Series championship under his belt, it should not be long before talk of him being one of the best of his generation starts.

It sounds like CC will be put on the shelf for the remainder of the 2014 baseball season.  Hopefully he can recover from his injuries and return to All-Star form in 2015.

Happy Birthday CC!!!!

CC Sabathia 2014 Topps Series 1 Subset – ‘Super Veterans’

CC Sabathia 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 CC Sabathia:

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While he has been shut down for most of the 2014 baseball season due to injury, CC Sabathia entered the season with a very solid resume.

A 14-year veteran, Sabathia has a career record of 208-119 with a win percentage of .636.  He has 37 complete games to his credit with 12 shutouts.  Sabathia could be a future member of the ‘3000 Strikeouts Club’ as he has registered 2,437 strikeouts in 2,281 innings of work.  He has a career ERA of 3.63 and a K’s per nine innings ratio of 7.8.

CC Sabathia has been selected as an All-Star six times.  He captured the AL Cy Young Award in 2007 with the Indians and has four more Top 5 finishes on his resume.  Sabathia was a member of the 2009 World Series championship winning New York Yankees.

Mariano Rivera 2014 Topps Series 1 Subset – ‘Super Veterans’

Mariano Rivera 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 Mariano Rivera:

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Mariano Rivera closed his grand 19-season big league career at the end of the 2013 baseball season.

He retired as career leader in saves with 652.  He has a record of 82-60 with an ERA of 2.21.

Rivera is a 13-time All-Star.  In 1283+ innings of work, he struck out 1,173 batters.  He has an all-time K:Walk ratio of 4.1:10.  And he has a K per 9 innings average of 8.2.

Mariano Rivera has been to the postseason in 16 of his 19 major league seasons.  He has pitched in 7 World Series match-ups and has won five titles.  He has a record of 8-1 in the postseason along with 42 additional saves.

2014 Topps Series 1 “Topps All Rookie Cup Team” – CC Sabathia

2014 Topps Series 1 “Topps All Rookie Cup Team” – CC Sabathia

Topps’ All-Rookie Team means a lot of different things to a lot of different collectors.  But, one thing is for certain – If your card is tagged with the All-Rookie Team logo, you did something during your first season in the big leagues to make yourself stand out from the rest.

And for that reason alone, I can totally support a set of cards that picks ‘The Best Of The Best’ from these teams.

In 2014, Topps issued a subset in their Series 1 release that took one player at each position, naming them to the ‘Topps All Rookie Cup Team’.

Representing the left-handed pitcher is CC Sabathia:

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Sabathia had a fantastic rookie campaign.  For the Indians, he started 33 games and complied a record of 17-5.   He pitched 180 innings in 2001 en route to an ERA of 4.39 and a strikeout per nine innings average of 8.5.

Sabathia finished in 2nd place for the AL Rookie Of The Year Award to Ichiro Suzuki.

2013 Topps Update ‘Postseason Heroes’ Subset – Mariano Rivera

2013 Topps Update ‘Postseason Heroes’ Subset – Mariano Rivera

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 Mariano Rivera from the set:

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Mariano Rivera’s postseason resume is incredibly impressive.  In 19 big league seasons, he made it to the postseason 16 times.  He has played in 7 World Series match-ups, winning 5 titles.

Rivera has a postseason record of 8-1 with 42 saves.  He has a postseason career ERA of 0.70 and has allowed a total of 13 runs in 141 innings of work.  He has struck out 110 batters in those 141 innings while striking out 21.

Million Dollar Question – Will Topps Honor Mariano Rivera In Their 2014 Series 1 Release??

Million Dollar Question – Will Topps Honor Mariano Rivera In Their 2014 Series 1 Release??

While I have yet to see a final checklist for the 2014 Topps Series 1 release, I am eager to see if Topps will do anything to honor the recently retired Mariano Rivera.

I have yet to see anything that says that they will, but I would be shocked if they did not.  Rivera is the class of the sport, and he is wildly popular among collectors – well past Yankees fans and collectors.

Surely something to honor him is in the works for Series 1, right??

What do you think??

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Happy Birthday AJ Burnett!!!

Happy Birthday AJ Burnett!!!

AJ Burnett turns 37 years old today.

I’ve had the pleasure of watching most of AJ Burnett’s career.

It has been nice to see Burnett reach some pretty impressive baseball milestones.  Obviously, his Yankees team won the 2009 World Series and AJ played a crucial part in their playoff run.  He also had a solid season in 2012 with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

As a Marlin he did not participate in their 2003 World Series title run, but AJ thew a no-hitter for the Marlins and I still get chills watching the final out play out in anticipation of the team celebrating his efforts.

Happy Birthday AJ!!!

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Robinson Cano

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Robinson Cano

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 card of Robinson Cano from the set:

 

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The big news of the 2013 MLB offseason was that Robinson Cano of the New York Yankees was departing New York and heading for Seattle.  Easily the most well-rounded second baseman in all of baseball, Cano is an elite talent in the prime of his career.

After 5 All-Star selections, 5 Gold Glove Awards, 2 Silver Sluggers, and a World Series crown, Cano is set to be the leader of the Mariners offense when the 2014 baseball season starts.

I CANOt wait to see how this plays out!!

Happy Birthday Mariano Rivera!!!

Happy Birthday Mariano Rivera!!!

Mariano Rivera turns 44 years old today!!

Quite possibly the greatest closer of all-time, and certainly the best closer in post season history, Rivera has many reasons to celebrate today!!

Among them would be that he is one of the most highly regarded relief pitchers in World Series history.  His efforts during the post season have helped the new York Yankees nab 5 World Series titles during his reign as the team’s closer.

Mariano capped his major league career in dramatic fashion at the end of the 2013 season.  He was classy each and every step of the way.  And while he still dominated when on the mound, he allowed us a few opportunities to truly take a deep breath and enjoy the moments with him.

His numbers in 2013 were typical Rivera – 64 appearance, 6-2 record, 44 saves, 2.11 ERA, 64 innings pitched with 54 strikeouts and just 9 walks allowed.

Happy Birthday Mr. Rivera!!!  Thank you for the memories…