Tag Archives: 30/30

Did You Know…

The first New York Mets third baseman to be selected to represent the team during the MLB All-Star game was Howard Johnson.   Johnson’s first selection came in 1989.

Howard Johnson

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1987 HEADLINE: Darryl Strawberry & Howard Johonson – First Ever 30/30 Teammates!!

1987 HEADLINE: Darryl Strawberry & Howard Johonson – First Ever 30/30 Teammates!!

On this date in 1987, Darryl Strawberry and Howard Johnson of the New York Mets became the first ever teammates to both join the ’30/30′ club in the same season.

The ’30/30′ club is pretty exclusive.  And the members have to be a very specific kind of player.  Powerful enough to hit bomb after bomb into the outfield seats, yet graceful and quick enough to swipe base after base in a frenzied rush to outrun a catcher’s throw.

It’s an amazing accomplishment to become a member of the ’30/30′ club.  But when 2 players on the same team reach that goal, it is baseball history!!!

By the end of the ’87 season, Darryl Strawberry finished the season with 39 home runs and 36 stolen bases.  With him was teammate Howard Johnson who crushed 36 homers and swiped 32 bases.

Congrats to Straw & HOJO!!!

Happy Birthday Ron Gant!!!

Happy Birthday Ron Gant!!!

Ron Gant turns 49 years old today.

At  one time, a major offensive weapon, Ron Gant enjoyed a very successful big league career.

Spanning 16 seasons and 7 teams, Gant established himself as a multi-faceted player that was able to do it all from an offensive standpoint.  A career .256 hitter, Gant managed to surpass the .300 mark one time during his playing days – in 1990 when he hit .303.  He was also a mighty slugger as he collected 321 home runs, with a career high of 36 dingers coming in 1993.  Gant was fast on his feet as well.  He swiped 243 bases in 16 seasons, with his career best 34 steals coming in 1991.

Ron Gant was a 2-time All-Star, a 2-time Top 6 contender for the MVP award, and the winner of the 1991 Silver Slugger Award in the National League.

Gant made the post-season on six different occasions, making trips to the World Series twice but losing both.

Happy Birthday Mr. Gant!!

Happy Birthday Hanley Ramirez!!!

Happy Birthday Hanley Ramirez!!!

Hanley Ramirez turns 30 years old today.

One of the most talented baseball players ever to wear the Marlins uniform (Florida and Miami), Hanley Ramirez has the skills and baseball smarts to be the leader and centerpiece of his team.

His ability to dominate the game with his speed, hitting, power, and defense are all evident – I have seen him do it numerous times.

Want proof?

OK!!

In 2007 he stole 51 bases.
In 2008 he slugged 33 home runs.
In 2009 he won a batting title with a .342 average.

And if he was focused and determined, I think he can do it for a full season and become a top MVP candidate.  And maybe, just maybe, be tabbed one day as ‘The Best Player In The Game’!!!

Now a Dodger, always a Marlin!!!  I wish you nothing but the best Hanley!!!

Happy Birthday!!!

Baseball Card Show Purchase #1 – Hanley Ramirez 2011 Topps Lineage Cloth Sticker

Baseball Card Show Purchase #1 – Hanley Ramirez 2011 Topps Lineage Cloth Sticker

This was a nice, little find.  I have been slowly putting together the 2011 Topps Lineage team set of the Florida Marlins.  The set only contains 3 players, but with the base, platinum, diamond, 75 mini, and cloth stickers, the set really adds up to 15 cards.

I have yet to cross the half-way mark for the set to this point, but scoring the cloth sticker of Hanley Ramirez gets me one step closer.

Have a look:

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The colors on this card are great.  The Silver, Teal, and Black look very nice together.

I like Lineage, always did.  Too bad it never made it back to the calendar for a repeat performance…

1987 HEADLINE: Darryl Strawberry & Howard Johonson – First Ever 30/30 Teammates!!

1987 HEADLINE: Darryl Strawberry & Howard Johonson – First Ever 30/30 Teammates!!

On this date in 1987, Darryl Strawberry and Howard Johnson of the New York Mets became the first ever teammates to both join the ’30/30′ club in the same season.

The ’30/30′ club is pretty exclusive.  And the members have to be a very specific kind of player.  Powerful enough to hit bomb after bomb into the outfield seats, yet graceful and quick enough to swipe base after base in a frenzied rush to outrun a catcher’s throw.

It’s an amazing accomplishment to become a member of the ’30/30′ club.  But when 2 players on the same team reach that goal, it is baseball history!!!

By the end of the ’87 season, Darryl Strawberry finished the season with 39 home runs and 36 stolen bases.  With him was teammate Howard Johnson who crushed 36 homers and swiped 32 bases.

Congrats to Straw & HOJO!!!

Did You Know…

The first player in major league history to post a season with 40 home runs, 40 doubles, and 40 stolen bases in the same season was Alfonso Soriano.  In 2006, Soriano connected for 41 doubles, 46 home runs, and 41 stolen bases for the Washington Nationals.

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