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’30-YOC Top Ten’ – Top 10 Disappointments From The 2011 Baseball Season

’30-YOC Top Ten’ – Top 10 Disappointments From The 2011 Baseball Season

Ok, so last week I gave you my ‘Top Ten Surprises’ from the 2011 baseball season.  Sadly, for every hero that emerged, there was one that fell off…

Tonight it is all about the guys that did not live up to their hype.  The guys that may have been at the mountaintops, and are now looking up.

Ready?   Let’s Go!!!

Honorable Mention – Albert Pujols, Chase Utley, Chris Coghlan, Roy Oswalt, AJ Burnett, Ricky Nolasco, Joe Mauer, Tim Lincecum, Carl Crawford, and Justin Morneau.

10 – San Francisco Giants.  The Giants finished the season 86-76 and in second place in their division.  Lacking the dominance from Tim Lincecum as well as not having Buster Posey in their lineup really hurt the team’s chances of defending their championship.

9 – Alex Rodriguez.  Playing in only 99 games due to multiple injuries, A-Rod only connected for 16 home runs and 62 RBI, both well below his normal numbers.  His .276 batting average is 26 points below his career average.

8 – Jason Heyward.  Heyward batted just .227 on the season and never found his stroke.  Connecting for 14 home runs and only 42 RBI, Heyward was shuffled into several spots of the batting order and never established consistency at the plate.

7 – Hanley Ramirez.  Hanley played in just 92 games this season, one in which he missed almost 70 games.  His .243 batting average is 63 lower than his career average.  Hanley’s 10 home runs and 45 RBI are both career lows.

6 – Matt Garza.  With the chance of being the Cubs’ ace on the line, Garza was average at best.  Going 10-10 with 31 starts, Garza threw 198 innings and compiled a 3.32 ERA. 

5 – Jayson Werth.  After signing a blockbuster deal in the off-season, Werth was pretty bad in his debut season with the Nationals.  His .232 batting average was 64 points off his number from 2010.  And his 58 RBI was his lowest in the last 5 seasons.

4 – Ichiro.  2011 was definitely a down year for Ichiro.  It was the first season in which he did not collect 200 hits; he had just 184.  His .272 batting average is 58 points below his career number, and also marks the first time he hit under .300 in his career.

3 – Adam Dunn.  Dunn had a horrible season batting .159, 101 points lower than his 2010 average.  Dunn connected for just 11 home runs and 42 RBI, well off of his 30+/100+ averages.

2 – Josh Johnson.  Johnson enters each season being touted as one of the NL’s best talents.  And each year he fails to stay healthy enough to pitch an entire campaign.  Starting just 9 games in 2011, JJ was 3-1 with a 1.64 ERA.  He pitched just 60 innings during the year.

1 – Boston Red Sox.  The most hyped and predicted World Series contender that we have seen over the last few years, the Red Sox crumbled right before our eyes.  Of their 2 major off-season acquisitions, 1 was extremely successful and 1 was horrible.  The team that most people picked to compete for a World Series had one of the most horrible and public collapses in major league baseball history.

No real surprise at #1, huh??

Tell me what you think of the other on my list.  Did I miss anyone or anything that you think should have been there??

Thanks for reading.

FINAL – Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2011 Major League Baseball Season

FINAL – Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2011 Major League Baseball Season

Wow, what a season.  Tons of surprises and tons of disappointments too…

Let’s get right into it.  These are the baseball milestones I was most looking forward to from the 2011 baseball season. 

Here is how that panned out…

Derek Jeter needs 74 hits to reach the magical number of 3,000 for his career.

Jeter’s season ended with 3,088 career hits.  He now rests at 20th on the all-time list.  If he has another solid campaign in 2012, he could get all the way up to somewhere between 11-13.

Jim Thome needs 11 home runs to join the 600 HR club.

Thome has 604 career home runs, ranking him at 8 on the all-time list.  6 more homers and he moves to number 7.

Mariano Rivera needs 41 saves to become just the second pitcher to reach 600.

Mo finished the season with 603 career saves, and 1st place on the All-time list.  It is very possible that he sees number 650 next year if health stays on his side!!

If Ichiro collects 200 or more hits, he has 11 200-hit seasons on his resume – a MLB record!!!

Ichiro finished the season with 184 hits and a .310 batting average.  And while that is not the kind of production we have become used to from Ichiro, it is still a very solid season.  Streak Busted!

If Dan Uggla can amass 30 or more home runs with the Braves, he will continue his record-setting as the game’s greatest slugging second baseman.

Uggla kept the streak alive by belting 35 home runs, a career high.  His streak is now extended to five straight seasons.  He has a very solid 30+ game hitting streak to thank, for sure.

Mark Teixeira needs just 25 blasts to reach number 300 of his career.

Tex finished the season with 37 home runs and 312 career blasts.  At just 31 years of age, the sky is the limit for this very talented slugger. 

Can Albert Pujols hit 30+ home runs and drive in 100+ RBI for the 11th straight season and build on baseball history?

Mission failed.  37 home runs and 98 RBI leaves Pujols 2 RBI short of extending his record.  Kind of sucks – hopefully he can stay healthy in 2012, wherever he is playing…

Adam Dunn needs 46 home runs to reach 400.  Can his new home in Chicago become his latest launching pad?

Dunn connected for just 11 home runs in 2011.  He has 365 for his career, and while 400 is still very likely the question is what season will it occur in 2012 or 2015?

Alex Rodriguez is preparing to hit 30+ home runs and 100+ RBI for the 14th consecutive season and 15th overall.  Can he do it again???

A-Rod managed to reach just 16 and 62 this year, an injury plagued one.  Here’s to hoping that he can get back on track in 2012!!

The 2011 baseball season was fantastic!!!  It was a thrill to watch these milestones, and some other unexpected ones unfold.

I cannot wait for next season to start!!!!

3/4 Through – Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2011 Major League Baseball Season

3/4 Through – Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2011 Major League Baseball Season

We’re at the 3/4 mark of the 2011 baseball season, so it is time for an update as to how some of the milestones that stood to be reached are faring so far.  I will keep the original post in tact, and just provide a quick update on each below.

All 3/4 season updates will be in Blue.  Enjoy.

I had a great time doing this prior to the start of the 2010 baseball season, so I thought I would give it another go as we prepare for the start of this upcoming one too.

And away we go….

Derek Jeter needs 74 hits to reach the magical number of 3,000 for his career.

30 hits to go until Jeter hits 3,000.

As we all know, Derek Jeter collected #3,000 this past weekend while going 5-for-5 in a Yankee’s win.  Jeter became the 28th member of the ‘3,000 Hits Club’, the second to collect #3,000 as a home run, and the first Yankee!!!  Congratulations Derek!!!

Jeter now has 3,045 hits.  By the end of the season he should be sitting in 20th place on the All-time list.

Jim Thome needs 11 home runs to join the 600 HR club.

9 dingers away – Thome has homered just twice in 20 games.

5 more still needed – We’ll see…

Jim Thome smashed number 600 just earlier this week.  He has been coming on strong as of late.  Now we need to see if he can challenge the guys ahead of him.  Next up is #609 and Sammy Sosa.  Go get him Jim!!

Mariano Rivera needs 41 saves to become just the second pitcher to reach 600.

Mo has already collected 13 saves this season; he sits 28 saves away from 600.

Rivera has 22 saves so far this year and is just 18 away from 600.  He’s on his way!

Mo is 9 saves away from 600.  He should be there in the coming weeks.  And Trevo Hoffman’s 601 as the all-time mark is easily gettable as well.

If Ichiro collects 200 or more hits, he has 11 200-hit seasons on his resume – a MLB record!!!

Through 43 games, Ichiro has 53 hits.  He is well on his way…

Ichiro has 101 hits through 90 games – It will be an amazing accomplishment if he can do it.  We’ll have to wait and see.

With 134 hits in 121 games, it is very unlikely that Ichiro gets to 200 this year.  155 is more likely…

If Dan Uggla can amass 30 or more home runs with the Braves, he will continue his record-setting as the game’s greatest slugging second baseman.

Uggla has 7 home runs through 46 games; he needs to pick up the pace if he wants to hit 30.

Uggla has 15 home runs through 92 games so far this year.  If he goes on a power trip he still has a chance but the streak is in jeopardy.  25 would still be impressive, but 30 would be unreal!!

Nobody is hotter than Dan Uggla right now.  After a 33-game hit streak, Uggla is sitting at 27 home runs.  And with almost 40 games still left to play, one has to wonder if his hot hitting can get him to the 40-HR mark for the first time.  We’ll see…

Mark Teixeira needs just 25 blasts to reach number 300 of his career.

15 homers away from 300 – looking good!!

With 25 round-trippers to far this year, Mark Teixeira sits at 300 for his career.  And at just 31 years old the sky is the limit for this slugger.  I see at least another 18-20 coming during the second half.

Tex is still crushing balls out of parks all across the country.  He currently has 32 home runs on the season and 307 for his career.  #400 could come as soon as 2013!!

Can Albert Pujols hit 30+ home runs and drive in 100+ RBI for the 11th straight season and build on baseball history?

With 7 and 25 through 45 games, the streak looks like it is in serious jeopardy.  If anyone can turn it on quickly, it is Pujols.

In 78 games, Albert Pujols has 18 home runs and 50 RBI.  Coming off a major injury, nobody knows how Albert will rebound.  He still has a shot at 30/100 but the odds may be stacked against him.  I’d love to see him give it a run though!!

Nobody can do what this guy does.  Albert is already at 30 home runs, but has just 76 RBI.  All he needs is one superb homestand and he will be back on pace to collect 100 RBI for the 11th straight year.

Adam Dunn needs 46 home runs to reach 400.  Can his new home in Chicago become his latest launching pad?

Just 4 home runs in 2011, the 400-mark will not be met this year.  But we’ll keep watching.  🙂

With just 9 dingers on the year, the chase for 400 will not be realized this year.  And now the 1-time certain ‘500-HR Club’ member is more a question than a certainty.

Adam Dunn is done.  With just 11 round-trippers so far this year, he is still 35 away from 400.  Not gonna happen.

Alex Rodriguez is preparing to hit 30+ home runs and 100+ RBI for the 14th consecutive season and 15th overall.  Can he do it again???

A-Rod has just 8 and 24.  He has almost missed this mark a few times, and he always seems to deliver at the end.  Will 2011 follow suit?

This goal is in serious jeopardy.  The second half of the season starts on Thursday, but A-Rod may be out until late-August.  With 13 & 52 – season number 15 is not going to happen.  Sorry Alex.

A-Rod is coming back from being on the disabled list – and we are still nto sure when he will become a regular in the Yankees’ line-up.  Resting at 13/52, A-Rod is having the least productive season of his big league career.  I would love to see a reboud in 2012!!!

So there you have it – These are some of the baseball milestones that I will be tracking as the 2011 season gets under way.

Next update will come during the All-Star break…  Stay tuned.

Next update will come in late August.  Stay tuned and Thanks for reading!!!

Next update to come at the conclusion of the 2011 baseball season.  Thanks for reading.

What are you going to be watching for this year??

1/2 Through – Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2011 Major League Baseball Season

1/2 Through – Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2011 Major League Baseball Season

We’re at the 1/2 mark of the 2011 baseball season, so it is time for an update as to how some of the milestones that stood to be reached are faring so far.  I will keep the original post in tact, and just provide a quick update on each below.    All 1/2 season updates will be in Green.  Enjoy.

I had a great time doing this prior to the start of the 2010 baseball season, so I thought I would give it another go as we prepare for the start of this upcoming one too.

And away we go….

Derek Jeter needs 74 hits to reach the magical number of 3,000 for his career.

30 hits to go until Jeter hits 3,000.

As we all know, Derek Jeter collected #3,000 this past weekend while going 5-for-5 in a Yankee’s win.  Jeter became the 28th member of the ‘3,000 Hits Club’, the second to collect #3,000 as a home run, and the first Yankee!!!  Congratulations Derek!!!

Jim Thome needs 11 home runs to join the 600 HR club.

9 dingers away – Thome has homered just twice in 20 games.

5 more still needed – We’ll see…

Mariano Rivera needs 41 saves to become just the second pitcher to reach 600.

Mo has already collected 13 saves this season; he sits 28 saves away from 600.

Rivera has 22 saves so far this year and is just 18 away from 600.  He’s on his way!

If Ichiro collects 200 or more hits, he has 11 200-hit seasons on his resume – a MLB record!!!

Through 43 games, Ichiro has 53 hits.  He is well on his way…

Ichiro has 101 hits through 90 games – It will be an amazing accomplishment if he can do it.  We’ll have to wait and see.

If Dan Uggla can amass 30 or more home runs with the Braves, he will continue his record-setting as the game’s greatest slugging second baseman.

Uggla has 7 home runs through 46 games; he needs to pick up the pace if he wants to hit 30.

Uggla has 15 home runs through 92 games so far this year.  If he goes on a power trip he still has a chance but the streak is in jeopardy.  25 would still be impressive, but 30 would be unreal!!

Mark Teixeira needs just 25 blasts to reach number 300 of his career.

15 homers away from 300 – looking good!!

With 25 round-trippers to far this year, Mark Teixeira sits at 300 for his career.  And at just 31 years old the sky is the limit for this slugger.  I see at least another 18-20 coming during the second half.

Can Albert Pujols hit 30+ home runs and drive in 100+ RBI for the 11th straight season and build on baseball history?

With 7 and 25 through 45 games, the streak looks like it is in serious jeopardy.  If anyone can turn it on quickly, it is Pujols.

In 78 games, Albert Pujols has 18 home runs and 50 RBI.  Coming off a major injury, nobody knows how Albert will rebound.  He still has a shot at 30/100 but the odds may be stacked against him.  I’d love to see him give it a run though!!

Adam Dunn needs 46 home runs to reach 400.  Can his new home in Chicago become his latest launching pad?

Just 4 home runs in 2011, the 400-mark will not be met this year.  But we’ll keep watching.  🙂

With just 9 dingers on the year, the chase for 400 will not be realized this year.  And now the 1-time certain ‘500-HR Club’ member is more a question than a certainty.

Alex Rodriguez is preparing to hit 30+ home runs and 100+ RBI for the 14th consecutive season and 15th overall.  Can he do it again???

A-Rod has just 8 and 24.  He has almost missed this mark a few times, and he always seems to deliver at the end.  Will 2011 follow suit?

This goal is in serious jeopardy.  The second half of the season starts on Thursday, but A-Rod may be out until late-August.  With 13 & 52 – season number 15 is not going to happen.  Sorry Alex.

So there you have it – These are some of the baseball milestones that I will be tracking as the 2011 season gets under way.

Next update will come during the All-Star break…  Stay tuned.

Next update will come in late August.  Stay tuned and Thanks for reading!!!

What are you going to be watching for this year??

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Players I Would Like To Watch Take Batting Practice’

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Players I Would Like To Watch Take Batting Practice’

I love the tradition of batting practice.  I love that guys still feel like they have to get into the cage to sharpen their skills.

And while I have seen my share of BP during Spring Training, I have never had the chance to witness BP at a major league park.

So, for this week’s ‘Top Ten List’, I will offer up to you the top ten players that I would like to watch take BP today.

ANd the list is not going to be composed of just home run hitters, although there are many on here that are.  My list is of the guys that I think are becoming of have become masters of hitting – and I would like to watch them do their thing.

Honorable Mention – Josh Hamilton, Robinson Cano, Ryan Howard, David Ortiz, Jose Bautista, Brian McCann, Carlos Pena, Adrian Gonzalez, and Adam Dunn.

And now onto the ‘Top Ten’:

10 – Josh Johnson.  I know that he is a pitcher, but he is a powerful hitter too.  I have seen him launch some longballs in live games, he has to be fun to watch taking 60 mile per hour pitches in BP.

9 – Evan Longoria.  He packs a mighty swing, and he can hit to all areas of the park.

8 – Ichiro.  The greatest hitter in the game since Tony Gwynn.  I am thinking that he can point to a location and hit the ball to that spot pretty well; a la Babe Ruth!

7 – Hanley Ramirez.  While slumping horribly this season, I know that he hits the ball very hard when he connects.

6 – Jayson Heyward.  If what I have heard is true, nobody hits the ball harder than this young guy.  And when Hank Aaron says that, I pay attention!!

5 – Ryan Braun.  Possibly the most underrated hitter in the sport, Braun is rapidly becoming one of the best hitters in the National League.  And he is a threat for 30 home runs every year too…

4 – Alex Rodriguez.  I’d love to see what he is able to do at this stage of his career.  He still puts up solid numbers, just not the numbers he once did.  I’d also love to see him in the HR Derby – I think he still has what it takes to contend for the title.

3 – Albert Pujols.  I’ll take the Pujols with a healthy arm, not a broken one please.  I would love to see this guy taking BP – can you imagine the bombs he launches when he’s getting 60 mile per hour balls tossed to him?  WHOA!!

2 – Mike Stanton.  I watch a lot of Marlins games and this guys crushes the ball.  He strikes out a lot too, but when he makes solid contact, the ball sails.  He is a future Home Run league leader – trust me!

1 – Prince Fielder.  I consider Prince to be the greatest showman in the sport today.  He has a lot of personality, and his performance backs up his persona.  And for a big guy, he always hovers around that .300 mark too, which is very impressive!!

And there you have it!!!

Did I miss any one?  Let me hear it!!

Oh, and before I forget – There will be no ‘Top Ten List’ next Sunday night.  It is a very special day at ’30-YOC’ so the ‘Top Ten’ will be skipping a week.  Make sure you stop by to see why….

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Current Players On My Signed Baseball Want List’

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Current Players On My Signed Baseball Want List’

OK, let’s get right down to it.

I’ve shown you the legends that I would like to add to my collection.

And I have shown you the guys that will soon be calling Cooperstown home that I would like to add to my collection.

So, now it is time for me to show you the “Top Ten” players in the game today that I would like to add to my collection.

And away we go….

Honorable Mention:  Jim Thome, Hanley Ramirez, Adam Dunn, Johnny Damon, and Josh Beckett.

And now onto the “Top Ten”.

10 – Ryan Braun

9 – Mariano Rivera

8 – Pudge Rodriguez

7 – Ichiro

6 – Chipper Jones

5 – Alex Rodriguez

4 – Albert Pujols

3 – Derek Jeter

2 – Tim Lincecum

1 – Roy Halladay

And there you have.  Sure to spark a little controversy but that is fine by me; after all it is my list.  🙂

Stay tuned next week as a I have a list that offers up a detour as it relates to this baseball blog.  It will be fun nonetheless…

Thanks for reading!!

1/4 Through – Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2011 Major League Baseball Season

1/4 Through – Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2011 Major League Baseball Season

We’re at the 1/4 mark of the 2011 baseball season, so it is time for an update as to how some of the milestones that stood to be reached are faring so far.  I will keep the original post in tact, and just provide a quick update on each below.    All 1/4 season updates will be in Red.  Enjoy.

I had a great time doing this prior to the start of the 2010 baseball season, so I thought I would give it another go as we prepare for the start of this upcoming one too.

And away we go….

Derek Jeter needs 74 hits to reach the magical number of 3,000 for his career.

30 hits to go until Jeter hits 3,000.

Jim Thome needs 11 home runs to join the 600 HR club.

9 dingers away – Thome has homered just twice in 20 games.

Mariano Rivera needs 41 saves to become just the second pitcher to reach 600.

Mo has already collected 13 saves this season; he sits 28 saves away from 600.

If Ichiro collects 200 or more hits, he has 11 200-hit seasons on his resume – a MLB record!!!

Through 43 games, Ichiro has 53 hits.  He is well on his way…

If Dan Uggla can amass 30 or more home runs with the Braves, he will continue his record-setting as the game’s greatest slugging second baseman.

Uggla has 7 home runs through 46 games; he needs to pick up the pace if he wants to hit 30.

Mark Teixeira needs just 25 blasts to reach number 300 of his career.

15 homers away from 300 – looking good!!

Can Albert Pujols hit 30+ home runs and drive in 100+ RBI for the 11th straight season and build on baseball history?

With 7 and 25 through 45 games, the streak looks like it is in serious jeopardy.  If anyone can turn it on quickly, it is Pujols.

Adam Dunn needs 46 home runs to reach 400.  Can his new home in Chicago become his latest launching pad?

Just 4 home runs in 2011, the 400-mark will not be met this year.  But we’ll keep watching.  🙂

Alex Rodriguez is preparing to hit 30+ home runs and 100+ RBI for the 14th consecutive season and 15th overall.  Can he do it again???

A-Rod has just 8 and 24.  He has almost missed this mark a few times, and he always seems to deliver at the end.  Will 2011 follow suit?

So there you have it – These are some of the baseball milestones that I will be tracking as the 2011 season gets under way.

Next update will come during the All-Star break…  Stay tuned.

What are you going to be watching for this year??

Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2011 Major League Baseball Season

Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2011 Major League Baseball Season

I had a great time doing this prior to the start of the 2010 baseball season, so I thought I would give it another go as we prepare for the start of this upcoming one too.

And away we go….

Derek Jeter needs 74 hits to reach the magical number of 3,000 for his career.

Jim Thome needs 11 home runs to join the 600 HR club.

Mariano Rivera needs 41 saves to become just the second pitcher to reach 600.

If Ichiro collects 200 or more hits, he has 11 200-hit seasons on his resume – a MLB record!!!

If Dan Uggla can amass 30 or more home runs with the Braves, he will continue his record-setting as the game’s greatest slugging second baseman.

Mark Teixeira needs just 25 blasts to reach number 300 of his career.

Can Albert Pujols hit 30+ home runs and drive in 100+ RBI for the 11th straight season and build on baseball history?

Adam Dunn needs 46 home runs to reach 400.  Can his new home in Chicago become his latest launching pad?

Alex Rodriguez is preparing to hit 30+ home runs and 100+ RBI for the 14th consecutive season and 15th overall.  Can he do it again???

So there you have it – These are some of the baseball milestones that I will be tracking as the 2011 season gets under way.

What are you going to be watching for this year??

Did You Know…

Johnny Mize is the only player in history to have at least 50 home runs and fewer than 50 strikeouts in the same season.  He had 51 homers and 42 strikeouts for the 1947 New York Giants.

** factoid courtesy of ‘Armchair Reader – Grand Slam Baseball’

What I personally love about this interesting fact is that although today’s baseball stars are undoubtedly better athletes, they cannot compare to some of the amazing feats accomplished by their predecessors.  With players like Adam Dunn, Prince Fielder, and Ryan Howard crushing home runs of this same level annually, they are not on the same page when it comes to overall batting ability!!

Ripping Open A Pack Of 2003 Topps Opening Day

I received 1 pack of 2003 Topps Opening Day in the contest I won on the Autographed Cards blog.

Here are the results from that pack.

 Kevin Millwood, Andruw Jones, Jose Cruz Jr., Mo Vaughn, Magglio Ordonez, Adam Dunn, and a Pat Burrell mini.

This pack was full of stars or formaer stars.  For me the biggest hit in the pack is of Ordonez!!!

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