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Did You Know…

In 1933, outfielder Chick Hickey became the first member of the Cincinnati Reds to be selected to play in the MLB All-Star Game.

Chick Hickey

Did You Know…

During the 1995 Major League All-Star Game, Marlins’ outfielder Jeff Conine became just the 10th player to hit a home run in his first All-Star Game at-bat.

Conine

Did You Know…

Hall of Famer, Ralph Kiner was the first player in major league history to connect for home runs in three consecutive All-Star Games.  He accomplished this feat during the 1949, 1950, and 1951 mid-summer classics.

ralph kiner

Did You Know…

The first United States President to attend a major league baseball All-Star game was President Franklin D. Roosevelt who attended the mid-summer classic on July 7, 1937.

Roosevelt

Players & Picks For the All-Star MVP Contest!!!

Players & Picks For the All-Star MVP Contest!!!

Alright Guys, you’ve all made your selections. Now the only thing left to do is sit back and watch the greatest exhibition in sports tonight!

Here is a snapshot of the players in the contest and the All-Stars representing them:

Player Pick
shawn david wright
hackenbush miguel cabrera
the lost collector robinson cano
irondequoit36 chris davis
commishbob manny machado
swirly007 andrew mccutchen
victor dascanio pedro alvarez
jeff freddie freeman
jeff s bryce harper
jared willden david ortiz
mgrlvr brandon phillips
jeff buster posey
john deane adam jones
sanjosefuji yadier molina
connorhoopman adam jones (OUT)
stealing home carlos gonzalez
ag mike trout
pat weber prince fielder
ron churchwell joe mauer
brian c domonic brown
matt wilson allen craig
superduperman99 matt carpenter
daniel wilson paul goldschmidt
tom siegler michael cuddyer
gerad carlos beltran
q mariano rivera
rich justin verlander

Enjoy the game everyone – I will have a post announcing the winner of the contest tomorrow morning!!!

And don’t forget that this is the prize you’re all fighting for:

ASG MVP Contest

See you tomorrow.

Time To Unveil The ‘HR Derby’ Winner!!!

Time To Unveil The ‘HR Derby’ Winner!!!

And the winner of my ‘HR Derby’ contest is – JEFF B!!!

With 25 Home Runs selected, JEFF B came the closest to the total number of home runs hit in the majors on Wednesday which was 26.

Congratulations, JEFF B!!! I will send you an email so I can get your address so I can mail out your cards.

Here is a look at how the scoring broke down:

Game HR Tally
MIN/ATL 5
CIN/NYM 1
LAD/MIL 2
OAK/TEX 2
ARI/COL 1
WAS/SF 1
TAM/TOR 2
DET/CLE 3
CHC/PIT 0
SEA/LAA 0
NYY/BAL 5
PHI/MIA 1
BOS/CHI 1
KC/HOU 1
SLT/SAN 1
  26

And here is a peek out how the players did compared to the final tally:

Player
# Of HRs
justin 12
pat weber 14
matt w 16
q 23
jeff b 25
jared willden 27
john h 27 (out)
madding 28
ethan p 29
ag 30
sanjosefuji 31
rob 32
irondequoit36 33
superduperman99 34
john (cards) 35
tom s 36
victor 43

 

And one last look at the prize:

2013 Heritage Lot

Big thanks to everyone that participated in this contest. The next one is just around the corner… Stay tuned.

Players & Picks For 30-Year Old Cardboard’s “HR Derby”

Players & Picks For 30-Year Old Cardboard’s “HR Derby”

Alright Guys, you’ve all made your selections. Now the only thing left to do is sit back and watch the greatest exhibition in sports tonight!

Here is a snapshot of the players in the contest and the All-Stars representing them:

Player # Of HRs
justin 12
pat weber 14
matt w 16
q 23
jeff b 25
jared willden 27
john h 27 (out)
madding 28
ethan p 29
ag 30
sanjosefuji 31
rob 32
irondequoit36 33
superduperman99 34
john (cards) 35
tom s 36
victor 43

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Enjoy the game everyone – I will have a post announcing the winner of the contest tomorrow morning!!!

And don’t forget that this is the prize you’re all fighting for:

2013 Heritage Lot

See you tomorrow.

Hall Of Fame Debate: Rank ‘Em – Joe Torre VS Bobby Cox VS Tony LaRussa

Hall Of Fame Debate: Rank ‘Em – Joe Torre VS Bobby Cox VS Tony LaRussa

I think that it is safe to say that in time the trio of Joe Torre, Bobby Cox, and Tony LaRussa will all be enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

If I was a betting man, and this was a bet with any kind of odds, I would bet the house on this one.  Each of these managers left an impression on the sport, on the fans of the teams that they coached, and maybe most important – they left impressions on the teams and fans that were battling against them.

I could comfortably state that Torre, Cox, and LaRussa are the cream of the crop as it relates to successful major league managers from their eras.

With that all being said – how easy is it to say which one is better?

It’s not.

Because what the manager does is not measured in numbers.  At least not in any numbers in which they are awarded for good decisions and penalized for bad ones.

But the good ones, the really good ones, seem to get the best out of their best players and the best out of the ones that are lower on the totem pole as well.

Bobby Cox, Joe Torre, and Tony LaRussa can all take great pride in the team and individual successes of the players that the managed as they certainly had a hand in that success.

For tonight’s ‘Hall of Fame Debate’ I am asking for you to give me the order in which these three great coaches should be inducted into the Hall of Fame.  They’re all going to get in – it’s just a matter of time before that happens.

But, who deserves to get in first, second, and third??

While you cannot judge all that a manager does by the numbers his teams put up, it is nice to compare both players and managers in similar categories.

So, here is a side-by-side-by-side comparison of the trio:

  Cox Torre LaRussa
Years 30 30 35
Wins 2504 2326 2728
Losses 2001 1997 2365
Win % 0.556 0.538 0.536
100-win seasons 6 4 4
1st place finishes 15 13 11
Last place finishes 4 4 2
Division Championships 15 13 11
League Championships 4 6 6
World Series Titles 1 4 3
Manager Of The Year 4 2 4

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The numbers stack up pretty well for these three guys, huh?  For me, the only thing that really stands out is how close to a .500 winning percentage each manager is over the course of their careers.  Deemed as uber-successful, they are all very close to 50%.

And now, time for me to divulge my rankings.

First, a little chatter about each guy:

  • Cox – you cannot ignore the consecutive seasons in which his Braves teams won their division.  I find it to be one of the most impressive feats in baseball history.
  • Torre – he had to manage a ton of egos during his run as the manager of the Yankees. He did it with grace, and it looked like all of his players valued his style.
  • LaRussa – he did it twice, with two clubs.  And he did it with the game’s greatest players on his roster both times (Canseco & Pujols).  His bullpen use is highly criticized, but it resulted in a lot of wins.

But who ranks the highest? 

If you had to select the order in three consecutive induction years in which these three former managers would be inducted, what order would you place them in??

Cox.Torre.LaRussa

Here is my ranking:

  1. Tony LaRussa
  2. Bobby Cox
  3. Joe Torre

When I think back to LaRussa, I never saw him as a ‘losing’ manager.  He took hold of the A’s and Cardinals franchises and took them both to the pinnacle.  I witnessed both Cox and Torre manage losing clubs before they got their ‘breaks’ with the Braves and Yankees.  And while they both had a ton of success, they also had ridiculous lineups – Cox with his Hall of Fame pitching rotation and Torre with his All-World offenses.

For me, LaRussa did the most with the least.  He gets top-billing in my book!!!

LaRussa

How about you?  How would you rank these managers if you had to pick the order in which they entered the Hall of Fame?

Yes, it is splitting hairs as all are deserving – but it is fun nonetheless!!!

Thanks for reading.

MLB’s 2015 All-Star Game To Be Played In Cincinnati

MLB’s 2015 All-Star Game To Be Played In Cincinnati

From MLB.com

CINCINNATI — The 2015 All-Star Game will be hosted by the Reds and Cincinnati, and the announcement will be made on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. ET, sources confirmed to MLB.com on Tuesday morning.

Commissioner Bud Selig, joined by Reds president and CEO Bob Castellini, will be at Great American Ball Park for a news conference, during which it also will be announced that Major League Baseball is making a contribution toward an Urban Youth Academy in the city.

But numerous media outlets and an official close to the situation have said that an All-Star Game announcement is expected on Wednesday. The Cincinnati Enquirer first reported the story.

Neither Major League Baseball nor the team has confirmed the reports.

The Reds last hosted an All-Star Game in 1988 at Riverfront Stadium. The game was also held there in 1970 and at Crosley Field in 1953 and 1938.

Since Castellini’s ownership group bought the team in 2006, the Reds have lobbied MLB to host the Midsummer Classic. The club and city successfully hosted a showcase event — the Civil Rights Game — in 2009 and ’10, and impressed the Commissioner and other league officials. Each winter, the team holds a fan fest at Duke Energy Center that is of the size and scope of the All-Star Game Fanfest.

The 2013 All-Star Game will be hosted by the Mets at Citi Field in New York while the Twins and Target Field in Minneapolis will have the 2014 All-Star Game.

After that, it will be Cincinnati’s turn to open its doors to the nation for one of baseball’s biggest events.

And The Winner Of The ‘Predict The All-Star Game MVP’ Contest Is…

And The Winner Of The ‘Predict The All-Star Game MVP’ Contest Is…

ME!!!

Since nobody selected Melky Cabrera as their top choice for the MVP Award from last night’s All-Star game, the cards will stay in my collection for now.

I will certainly work on developing a few more contests over the second half of the season with these cards as the prize so come back often for a second chance.

Thanks to all that played.  And congratulations to the National League as they put an old fashioned butt-whipping on the American League.

Here is one more look at the prize that was up for grabs:

I will make them available again in the near future.

Have a nice day.  🙂