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Just Some Of The Milestones I Will Be Watching For As The 2014 Baseball Season Gets Going

Just Some Of The Milestones I Will Be Watching For As The 2014 Baseball Season Gets Going

I watch a lot of baseball.  And while most of it is focused on my local team, I make sure to keep up to date as best that I can with what is going on around the league.

In addition to watching the players that I collect, I have a few milestones that I will be watching for as well.

These guys have put in a tremendous amount of work to get where they are and I plan on giving each of them a ‘Standing Ovation’ as they reach these baseball landmarks:

Adrian Beltre – 2,500 Hits.  As he enters his 17th big league season, Beltre has 2,426 career hits.

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Alfonso Soriano – 400/300 Club.  Soriano already has eclipsed the 400-HR mark.  He is currently set at 288 steals.

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Albert Pujols – 500 Home Runs.  Pujols enters his 14th major league season needing just 8 home runs to reach the magical number of 500.

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Miguel Cabrera – 400 Home Runs.  As Miguel Cabrera enters his ‘Age 31’ season, he is poised to reach the 400-home run mark. He is currently at 365.

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David Ortiz – 1,500 RBI.  David Ortiz enters the 2014 baseball season with 1,429 career RBI.  A solid season should easily net his 1,500th.

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The season will be full of great moments, and each of these above players should be a big part of that.

Are there are milestones that you are paying special attention to as the season approaches?  If so, let me know what they are.

I am ready for the season to get going!!!

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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Happy Birthday Alfonso Soriano!!!

Happy Birthday Alfonso Soriano!!!

Today, Alfonso Soriano turns 35!!!

One of the more well-rounded players in the game today, Soriano provides the perfect amount of speed and power to the Chicago Cubs line-up.  With (3) 30/30 seasons already under his belt and (1) 40/40 season as well, the sky is the limit for this immensely talented player.

Even as he ages, Soriano still shows that he can help carry the offensive load for a team.  And with the right players hitting ahead and behind him, he can accumulate MVP numbers.

So, for his birthday I wish to give him this – 1 season of perfect health.  No injuries, no days off, no trips to the disabled list.  Let’s see what a 100% healthy and 100% committed Alfonso Soriano can do.  I don’t think another 40/40 season is out of the question!!!  50/50 anyone???

Happy Birthday Alfonso!

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My First Time – Alfonso Soriano – September 14, 1999

My First Time – Alfonso Soriano – September 14, 1999

The Setting – Skydome.  Toronto, Canada.

From Soriano – ‘I was so shy and scared – these were the Yankees.  As soon as I got to the clubhouse I just went to the corner and was just very shy.  Both Mariano Rivera and Bernie Williams came over and tried talking to me, but I had nothing to say, I was very scared’.

The Boxscore – Yankees 10, Blue Jays 6.  Soriano goes 0-for-1 after relieving Darryl Strawberry as a pinch runner from the DH position.

2009 Upper Deck Goudey 4-In-1 Starring Williams, Santo, Zambrano, and Soriano

2009 Upper Deck Goudey 4-In-1 Starring Williams, Santo, Zambrano, and Soriano

I’ve always liked these cards, but have never really sought them out.  But in an attempt to bring home a few more modern cards of two of my favorite Cubs’ players (can you guess which two?) I was happy to add this card to my shopping cart.

Now I have a hard decision to make – which player collection gets to be the lucky holder of this beauty?  Santo or Williams???

Happy Birthday Alfonso Soriano!!!

Happy Birthday Alfonso Soriano!!!

Today, Alfonso Soriano turns 34!!!

One of the most well-rounded players in the game today, Soriano provides the perfect amount of speed and power to the Chicago Cubs line-up.  With (3) 30/30 seasons already under his belt and (1) 40/40 season as well, the sky is the limit for this immensely talented player.

So, for his birthday I wish to give him this – 1 season of perfect health.  No injuries, no days off, no trips to the disabled list.  Let’s see what a 100% healthy and 100% committed Alfonso Soriano can do.  I don’t think another 40/40 season is out of the question!!!  50/50 anyone???

Happy Birthday Alfonso!

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Happy Birthday Alfonso Soriano!!!

Today, Alfonso Soriano turns 33!!!

One of the most well-rounded players in the game today, Soriano provides the perfect amount of speed and power to the Chicago Cubs line-up.  With (3) 30/30 seasons already under his belt and (1) 40/40 season as well, the sky is the limit for this immensely talented player.

So, for his birthday I wish to give him this – 1 season of perfect health.  No injuries, no days off, no trips to the disabled list.  Let’s see what a 100% healthy Alfonso Soriano can do.  I don’t think another 40/40 season is out of the question!!!  50/50 anyone???

Happy Birthday Alfonso!

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Andre Dawson 2008 Upper Deck SP ‘Generations’ Dual Jersey Relic Card w/Alfonso Soriano

Andre Dawson 2008 Upper Deck SP ‘Generations’ Dual Jersey Relic Card w/Alfonso Soriano

Let’s be real here.  While I like Alfonso Soriano, even more before his Cubs’ years, the real reason that I picked up this card was to add another relic card of Andre Dawson to my collection.

And if the card has to feature another player, I can think of quite a bunch of guys I would rather not have as opposed to Mr. Soriano.

So, here it is…

From Upper Deck SP’s 2008 ‘Generations’ set, tis card is very sharp-looking in person.  Boasting clear photos, and great color, this dual relic card is a wonderful addition to my collection!!

Enjoy.

‘On The Road With psugator02’ – April 1, 2010

‘On The Road With psugator02′ – April 1, 2010

Rockies at Cubs
Mesa, Ariz.
10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

All of the Rockies I thought would sign did. A few surprises on the Cubs’ side, however.

Dexter Fowler: 2/2 (8x10s)..as nice as could be though insisted on personalizing. A far cry from his behavior in NYC. I guess no one likes getting mobbed. Told him that his graph has changed a lot from when he was in high school. “That’s the way it goes.”
Ian Stewart: 2/2 (8x10s)….Very polite. I apologized for the quality of the photos but he flattered me by saying that they were good
Jason Giambi: 0/1..I was waiting near the Rockies’ dugout. Of course the few he signed were near the Cubs’ dugout.
Ubaldo Jimenez: 2/2 (’09 Ginters)…real nice guy
Miguel Olivo: 1/1 (2006 Marlins’ team photo)…I told him that I’ve been chasing him for a while. I think he interpreted the word “chase” incorrectly. “I don’t mean it like that,” I said.
Alfonso Soriano: 1/1 (’08 Ginter)…Another grapher had a color canvas and traded it to Soriano for a mint bat. The bat looked incredible, the sig even better
Aramis Ramirez: 1/1 (’08 Ginter)…I guess he’s difficult here in Arizona. I got lucky
Derrek Lee: 0/1 while on his way to the player parking lot in a golf cart, 0/1 while leaving the player lot in his car
Ryan Theriot: 2/2 (’09 Ginters)…nice kid
Ryan Dempster: 2/2 (’09 Ginters)…told him how much he is missed in South Florida
Lou Piniella: 0/1 postgame despite only two other graphers being there. “I gotta go.”
Troy Tulowitzki: 0/1 did not even acknowledge me
Todd Helton: 0/1 did not even acknowledge me…the few he signed were for little kids
Fukudome: 0/1
Bob Brenly: 2/2 (cards)…real nice

Other: No sign of Billy Williams, Ryne Sandberg, or Greg Maddux. Gonna try for the latter two tomorrow at the minor-league complex. … Fergie Jenkins, Tommy Davis, Bert Campaneris, George Foster and a few others were all signing behind home plate. I didn’t care about any of them other than Fergie but I wasn’t going to pay $20-per. … A big thank-you to Tony, a local grapher, for showing me the ropes in Mesa, in addition to a few of the other parks. You’re a good dude.

If you would like to contact Mark, he can be reached at psugator02@yahoo.com.

Alfonso Soriano Is Soaring!!!

Last night during Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN, Alfonso Soriano took 1 more step closer to making baseball history.

Soriano stole the 250th base of his career earning him a place in the 250/250 club.  He is now on his way to joining the 6 members of the 300/300 club.  Barring any injuries, Alfonso has a real shot of making it to this elite club during the 2010 season.

And at 33 year of age and still averaging 30+ home runs and 20+ steals a year, one has to wonder if Alfonso is capable of reaching the even more exclusive level of 400/400.  We know he can do it, but will he?  His numbers have declined a bit, but he still shows signs of the guy that smacked 46 dingers and stole 41 bases in 2006.

You may recall that I posted about his possibility in the 400/400 club a few months ago.  If not, read this.  My money(the very little that I have) is on Soriano!! 

Congratulations Alfonso!!

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