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Happy Birthday Andruw Jones!!!

Happy Birthday Andruw Jones!!!

Andruw Jones turns 35 years old today.

One of the most exciting all-around players from the prior decade, Andruw Jones had the skills to dominate the sport – both offensively and defensively.

At the plate, Jones’ ability to deliver the long ball was supreme.  He amassed ten straight seasons of smashing at least 25 homers, while reaching or eclipsing the 40-home run mark twice, including one season with 51 dingers.

From a defensive standpoint, Jones was phenomenal.  His ability to track down balls was outstanding, and his 10 consecutive Gold Glove awards from 1998-2007 confirm his ability to dominate the sport while patrolling center field.

Today, Jones is a role player for the New York Yankees.  Past his prime, his ability to remain in a starting line-up is all but gone.  And while he still has the ability to flash his skills everyone once in a while, Jones can no longer take over a game by himself.  Once guaranteed to reach 500 home runs, it is very possible that he does not reach 425.

We wish you luck Andruw!  Happy Birthday!!

My First Time – Andruw Jones – August 15, 1996

My First Time – Andruw Jones – August 15, 1996

The Setting – Veteran’s Stadium. Philadelphia, PA.

From Jones – ‘I had to get right in there that first day and face Curt Schilling.  He threw me nothing but fastballs, with so much gas on them.  It was unbelievable.  I struck out twice and popped out.  I know I got a hit, but first came the strikeouts.’

The Box Score – Braves 8, Phillies 5.  Jones went 1-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI.

Happy Birthday Andruw Jones!!!

Happy Birthday Andruw Jones!!!

Andruw Jones turns 34 years old today.

One of the most exciting all-around players from the last ten years, Andruw Jones had the skills to dominate the sport – both offensively and defensively.

At the plate, Jones’ ability to deliver the long ball was supreme.  He amassed ten straight seasons of smashing at least 25 homers, while reaching or eclipsing the 40-home run mark twice, including one season with 51 dingers.

From a defensive standpoint, Jones was phenomenal.  His ability to track down balls was outstanding, and his 10 consecutive Gold Glove awards from 1998-2007 confirm his ability to dominate the sport while patrolling center field.

Today, Jones is a role player for the New York Yankees.  Past his prime, his ability to remain in a starting line-up is all but gone.  And while he still has the ability to flash his skills everyone once in a while, Jones can no longer take over a game by himself.  Once guaranteed to reach 500 home runs, it is very possible that he does not reach 425.

We wish you luck Andruw!  Happy Birthday!!

FINAL EDITION – Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2010 Major League Baseball Season

FINAL EDITION – Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2010 Major League Baseball Season

The 2010 baseball season is now over, and there were some incredible highs and so terrible lows during the year.  But, the memories etched in our memories during the last 162 games will last for a lifetime!

This is the final post of this series.  We will look back at the possible achievements that I thought would be the biggest stories of the season and see which ones were obtained and which ones will never happen.

For the Final Edition, all of my comments will be in Red.

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With the start of the 2010 major league baseball season just 1 week away, I thought it would be fun to look ahead and see what possible baseball milestones we may witness over the course of the season.

And while 2010 won’t produce any new members of the ‘500 HR Club’ or ‘3,000 Hits Club’ or ‘300 Wins Club’, it will certainly be memorable.  And these guys will have something to do with it.

Away we go:

Will Alex Rodriguez collect 30 home runs and 100 RBI for a 14th season??

He did it again – for 14 years.  With 30 homers and 125 RBI, A-Rod put himself in very rare company!!!

Can Ichiro amass 200 hits for the 10th straight year??

Oh, yeah!!!  214 hits gives Ichiro 10 straight years of 200 or more hits!!!

Will Dan Uggla smack 25 or more home runs adding to his record for second basemen??

You bet he will – 32 home runs to be exact.  And he also collected over 100 RBI for the first time in his career too…

When will Alex Rodriguez hit his 17th homer of the season putting him in the ‘600 HR Club’?

A-Rod will start the 2011 baseball season with 613 career dingers.  #700 should come some time during the 2014 season.  But who’s counting???

How soon will Johnny Damon collect 75 hits and enter the ‘2,500 Hits Club’?

Hardly a challenge, Damon tallied 146 hits on the year giving him 2,571.  3,000 is three years away – can he do it??

How fast will Chipper Jones tally 94 hits and join the ‘2,500 Hits Club’?

Chipper only played in 95 games in 2010 – and fell 10 hits short of the mark.  I’d love to see him come back and go after it in 2011.

Will Ken Griffey Jr. hit 30 home runs and tie Willie Mays with 660?

Griffey retired after playing in just 33 games.  He did not hit a home run this season – he retired with 630 career bombs.

Can Andruw Jones regain his home run swing and join the ‘400 HR Club’ by connecting for 12 dingers?

Jones reached #400 prior to the All-Star break.. He ended the year with 407.  I wonder if 500 is a possibility for the 33-year old…

How fast will Trevor Hoffman amass 9 saves and become the first member of the ‘600 Saves Club’?

Hoffman appeared in 50 games and recorded just 10 saves.  But he did capture #600.  We’ll see how many more he can snag before calling it a career.

The 2010 baseball season was full of fun and drama.  I hope you will agree that we saw some fantastic, and some horrible too, baseball.

I cannot wait to see what 2011 has in store for us!!!

3/4 Through – Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2010 Major League Baseball Season

3/4 Through – Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2010 Major League Baseball Season

We are now 3/4 of the way through with the 2010 baseball season, so I thought it would be a good time to take a peek at the milestones I was looking forward to seeing reached this year.  I have kept the original post in tact below, and will add my commentary on each in BLUE.

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With the start of the 2010 major league baseball season just 1 week away, I thought it would be fun to look ahead and see what possible baseball milestones we may witness over the course of the season.

And while 2010 won’t produce any new members of the ‘500 HR Club’ or ‘3,000 Hits Club’ or ‘300 Wins Club’, it will certainly be memorable.  And these guys will have something to do with it.

Away we go:

Will Alex Rodriguez collect 30 home runs and 100 RBI for a 14th season??

A-Rod enters tonight action with 6 home runs and 32 RBI.  If he wants to  reach 30 dingers again, he is going to have to pick up the pace a bit.

14 home runs at the halfway mark will keep A-Rod close.  His 70 RBI almost guarantee another 100+ season.

A-Rod is sitting with 17/88.  The 100-RBI target does not look like it will be a problem.  30 HR’s is a longshot at this point.  25 is too…

Can Ichiro amass 200 hits for the 10th straight year??

With 59 hits in 41 games, Ichiro is well on his way to another 200-hit season.

With 118 hits in 88 games, Ichiro is well on his way to another 200 hit season.

Ichiro needs 56 hits in his last 50 games to reach 200.  This record could be in serious jeopardy.

Will Dan Uggla smack 25 or more home runs adding to his record for second basemen??

Uggla ha crushed 11 homers thus far.  Can he beat his career high of 32??

Uggla leads the Marlins with 16 dingers – will he end up extending this record in another uniform?

After a strong two weeks, Uggla is at 25 and just 5 away from 30.  Can he add another season to the record books?  I think so!!

When will Alex Rodriguez hit his 17th homer of the season putting him in the ‘600 HR Club’?

Just 11 more dingers and A-Rod joins the ‘600 HR Club’.

Just 3 more needed to reach 600!!

A-Rod hit #600 two weeks ago.  He is the youngest player to reach 600 career home runs.  When will #700 come??

How soon will Johnny Damon collect 75 hits and enter the ‘2,500 Hits Club’?

Damon has 42 hits this season, needed just 33 more to reach this mark.  July seems like the right time!

Done deal – Damon reached 2,500 career hits in early July!!!

How fast will Chipper Jones tally 94 hits and join the ‘2,500 Hits Club’?

Chipper Jones has amassed just 25 hits so far this year.  He’ll get into the ‘2,500 Hits Club’ but it may be later than when I originally expected.

After a terrible start, Chipper has been producing over the last 6 weeks.  He is now 33 hits away from 2,500.

Just 13 hits to go.  Up next?  Cooperstown!!!

Will Ken Griffey Jr. hit 30 home runs and tie Willie Mays with 660?

No chance!!  Griffey has yet to deliver a single long-ball this season.  Still he will rank among the top of the all-time list.

Griffey retired after playing in just 33 games.  He did not hit a home run this season – he retired with 630 career bombs.

Can Andruw Jones regain his home run swing and join the ‘400 HR Club’ by connecting for 12 dingers?

3 round-trippers is all that separates Andruw Jones and the ‘400 HR Club’.

Jones collected #400 right before the All-star break.  At just 33 years old, is 500 in his future?

How fast will Trevor Hoffman amass 9 saves and become the first member of the ‘600 Saves Club’?

Hoffman has been horrible this season.  He is 1-3 with 5 saves and 5 blown saves.  He needs just 4 saves to collect #600, but I don’t think that too many more chances will come after he eclipses that mark…

Hoffman has collected just 5 saves this year – he needs 4 more to reach 600.

Amazingly, Hoffman has collected just 1 save since the halfway mark of the baseball season and is still 3 away from 600…

As you can see, there are some wonderful storylines to look forward to during the upcoming season.

Pretty good stuff so far as we pass the 40-game mark of the 2010 season.  I’ll do another report during the All-star break.  I imagine that 2-3 of these milestones will have been eclipsed by that point!!

The 2010 baseball season has been fantastic.  I cannot wait for the second half to begin!!

We are now headed into the final stretch?  Who will emerge victorious and who will falter?  Stay tuned!

Which one are you most excited about

Halfway Through – Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2010 Major League Baseball Season

Halfway Through – Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2010 Major League Baseball Season

We’re roughly 1/2 of the way into the 2010 baseball season, so I thought it would be a good time to take a peek at the milestones I was looking forward to seeing reached this year.  I have kept the original post in tact below, and will add my commentary on each in GREEN.

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With the start of the 2010 major league baseball season just 1 week away, I thought it would be fun to look ahead and see what possible baseball milestones we may witness over the course of the season.

And while 2010 won’t produce any new members of the ‘500 HR Club’ or ‘3,000 Hits Club’ or ‘300 Wins Club’, it will certainly be memorable.  And these guys will have something to do with it.

Away we go:

Will Alex Rodriguez collect 30 home runs and 100 RBI for a 14th season??

A-Rod enters tonight action with 6 home runs and 32 RBI.  If he wants to  reach 30 dingers again, he is going to have to pick up the pace a bit.

14 home runs at the halfway mark will keep A-Rod close.  His 70 RBI almost guarantee another 100+ season.

Can Ichiro amass 200 hits for the 10th straight year??

With 59 hits in 41 games, Ichiro is well on his way to another 200-hit season.

With 118 hits in 88 games, Ichiro is well on his way to another 200 hit season.

Will Dan Uggla smack 25 or more home runs adding to his record for second basemen??

Uggla ha crushed 11 homers thus far.  Can he beat his career high of 32??

Uggla leads the Marlins with 16 dingers – will he end up extending this record in another uniform?

When will Alex Rodriguez hit his 17th homer of the season putting him in the ‘600 HR Club’?

Just 11 more dingers and A-Rod joins the ‘600 HR Club’.

Just 3 more needed to reach 600!!

How soon will Johnny Damon collect 75 hits and enter the ‘2,500 Hits Club’?

Damon has 42 hits this season, needed just 33 more to reach this mark.  July seems like the right time!

Done deal – Damon reached 2,500 career hits in early July!!!

How fast will Chipper Jones tally 94 hits and join the ‘2,500 Hits Club’?

Chipper Jones has amassed just 25 hits so far this year.  He’ll get into the ‘2,500 Hits Club’ but it may be later than when I originally expected.

After a terrible start, Chipper has been producing over the last 6 weeks.  He is now 33 hits away from 2,500.

Will Ken Griffey Jr. hit 30 home runs and tie Willie Mays with 660?

No chance!!  Griffey has yet to deliver a single long-ball this season.  Still he will rank among the top of the all-time list.

Griffey retired after playing in just 33 games.  He did not hit a home run this season – he retired with 630 career bombs.

Can Andruw Jones regain his home run swing and join the ‘400 HR Club’ by connecting for 12 dingers?

3 round-trippers is all that separates Andruw Jones and the ‘400 HR Club’.

Jones collected #400 right before the All-star break.  At just 33 years old, is 500 in his future?

How fast will Trevor Hoffman amass 9 saves and become the first member of the ‘600 Saves Club’?

Hoffman has been horrible this season.  He is 1-3 with 5 saves and 5 blown saves.  He needs just 4 saves to collect #600, but I don’t think that too many more chances will come after he eclipses that mark…

Hoffman has collected just 5 saves this year – he needs 4 more to reach 600.

As you can see, there are some wonderful storylines to look forward to during the upcoming season.

Pretty good stuff so far as we pass the 40-game mark of the 2010 season.  I’ll do another report during the All-star break.  I imagine that 2-3 of these milestones will have been eclipsed by that point!!

The 2010 baseball season has been fantastic.  I cannot wait for the second half to begin!!

Which one are you most excited about seeing??

Catching Up: Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2010 Major League Baseball Season

Catching Up:  Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2010 Major League Baseball Season

We’re roughly 1/4 of the way into the 2010 baseball season, so I thought it would be a good time to take a peek at the milestones I was looking forward to seeing reached this year.  I have kept the original post in tact below, and will add my commentary on each in RED.

With the start of the 2010 major league baseball season just 1 week away, I thought it would be fun to look ahead and see what possible baseball milestones we may witness over the course of the season.

And while 2010 won’t produce any new members of the ‘500 HR Club’ or ‘3,000 Hits Club’ or ‘300 Wins Club’, it will certainly be memorable.  And these guys will have something to do with it.

Will Alex Rodriguez collect 30 home runs and 100 RBI for a 14th season??

A-Rod enters tonight action with 6 home runs and 32 RBI.  If he wants to  reach 30 dingers again, he is going to have to pick up the pace a bit.

Can Ichiro amass 200 hits for the 10th straight year??

With 59 hits in 41 games, Ichiro is well on his way to another 200-hit season.

Will Dan Uggla smack 25 or more home runs adding to his record for second basemen??

Uggla ha crushed 11 homers thus far.  Can he beat his career high of 32??

When will Alex Rodriguez hit his 17th homer of the season putting him in the ‘600 HR Club’?

Just 11 more dingers and A-Rod joins the ‘600 HR Club’.

How soon will Johnny Damon collect 75 hits and enter the ‘2,500 Hits Club’?

Damon has 42 hits this season, needed just 33 more to reach this mark.  July seems like the right time!

How fast will Chipper Jones tally 94 hits and join the ‘2,500 Hits Club’?

Chipper Jones has amassed just 25 hits so far this year.  He’ll get into the ‘2,500 Hits Club’ but it may be later than when I originally expected.

Will Ken Griffey Jr. hit 30 home runs and tie Willie Mays with 660?

No chance!!  Griffey has yet to deliver a single long-ball this season.  Still he will rank among the top of the all-time list.

Can Andruw Jones regain his home run swing and join the ‘400 HR Club’ by connecting for 12 dingers?

3 round-trippers is all that separates Andruw Jones and the ‘400 HR Club’.

How fast will Trevor Hoffman amass 9 saves and become the first member of the ‘600 Saves Club’?

Hoffman has been horrible this season.  He is 1-3 with 5 saves and 5 blown saves.  He needs just 4 saves to collect #600, but I don’t think that too many more chances will come after he eclipses that mark…

As you can see, there are some wonderful storylines to look forward to during the upcoming season.

Pretty good stuff so far as we pass the 40-game mark of the 2010 season.  I’ll do another report during the All-star break.  I imagine that 2-3 of these milestones will have been eclipsed by that point!!

Which one are you most excited about seeing??

‘On The Road With psugator02’ – March 29, 2010

March 29, 2010

Giants workout
7-11 a.m.
Scottsdale, Ariz.

Mike Krukow: 2/2 (cards)…Guy arrived at 7:30 to drop off some stuff for the truck that was headed back to San Francisco. I had a blue Sharpie in hand but “I’m not signing those cards in Dodger blue.” LOL. great dude
Andres Torres: 1/1 (card)….Giants’ staff was loading stuff so graphers were forced to stand even farther away from the clubhouse door. Torres, however, walked through the aforementioned mess and was very cool
Tim Flannery: 2/2 (cards)…I yelled at him as he was about to get on the bus and he actually walked over
Tim Lincecum: 0/1…his mother left a few minutes before Tim and as she drove by she rolled down her window and said, “Timmy is in a hurry and won’t be signing today.”
Edgar Renteria: 2/2 (SI, Marlins’ program that already had Charles Johnson done)….I got his attention as he was walking from the field to the batting cage. “Can you do one for a huge Marlins’ fan?” Renteria smiled at me and I thought he was going to do it. But then all of a sudden he disappeared. Then I hear a distant voice say, “Over here.” I followed the voice and realized that Renteria had walked up a flight of stairs inside the batting cage to sign for me…I didn’t see him sign for anyone else
Aubrey Huff: 2/3 (5×7 Rays’ promo cards)…I purposely left my Ginters at home because the guy simply never signs. But I started making small talk with him while he was shagging balls in the outfield, asking him whether he missed Fort Lauderdale, etc. Huff was shouting his answers back at me and finally walked over toward me to retrieve a batted ball. When he did I shouted, “Are you still the hardest autograph in baseball?” He laughed and promptly signed…..I never thought I would say this but this dude is awesome. I think he just likes the change of scenerey. After all, Scottsdale is heaven compared to Fort Lauderdale
Madison Bumgarner: 3/3 (8x10s)…Seemed that players had to report by 9 a.m., leaving me idle for an hour since the main stadium didn’t open until 10. So I high-tailed it over to the minor-league complex which is only a few minutes away. I couldn’t have gotten more lucky. I waited only 10 minutes before Madison walked by me and signed.
Joe Martinez: 0/1 …colin from this board chased Joe and had him 1-on-1 but, oddly enough, he turned him down. JOE MARTINEZ!!!???? I chose not to chase him even though he has Ginters. I guess I made the right decision
Dave Righetti: 1/1…I shouted his name as he was getting on the bus but he wouldn’t acknowledge me. I showed the picture to Sergio Romo, who had walked over and was starting to sign. Romo walked on the bus with the pic and showed it to Righetti, who signed it and gave it back to Romo. It’s a picture of Righetti, Ron Guidry, and Tommy John, and I already had the latter two done.
Steve Holm: 1/4 (’09 Ginter)…..said he would do it when he was done with BP and that’s exactly what he did
Barry Zito: 2/2 (Ginters), 1/1 (SS, ROMLB)…though he purposely gave me a light graph and refused to inscribe. Maybe he acted this way because I double-dipped?

1:30-3:30 p.m.
Rockies at Rangers
Surprise, Ariz.

Left Scottsdale at a little after 11, stopped at In-n-Out Burger, then made my way to Surprise for Rockies-Rangers. I needed Olivo on an ’06 Marlins’ team photo. Also needed Melvin Mora on an 8×10 with Miguel Tejada and Brian Robers that was already signed by the latter.

Melvin Mora: 1/1 (dual 8×10)….Old guy next to me was shadowing Mora the whole game so there was no way that I was going to miss him
Miguel Olivo: 0/1 he was one of the reasons I made the trip yet I somehow missed him.
Nolan Ryan: 0/1 …the usher yesterday said that he was going to sign today yet he wouldn’t do it. When I heard in the third inning that he wasn’t going to sign behind the concourse I decided that I was going to have to be creative if I wanted to get him. So I sat in the seat behind home plate that is nearest the field exit, thinking that Ryan would exit this way like he had done yesterday. Sure enough, in about the 9th he left through the on-field entrance/exit. Leaning over as far as I could, I got his attention and was 1-on-1 with him yet he wouldn’t do it.
Vladimir Guerrero: 0/1…he posed with a baby for a pic and I really thought he was going to do it.

As soon as Ryan turned me down I high-tailed it to Glendale for the night game between the Angels and White Sox.

Carlos Quentin: 1/1 (’09 Ginter)
Mark Teahen: 1/1, 1/1 (’08 Ginters)…showed him that he smeared the first one so he kindly did another
Paul Konerko: 0/1, 0/1, 0/1, 0/1, 1/1 (’08 Ginter state card)…..was signing for every little kid in the stadium before the game, turning me down in the process. I finally said, “Hey dude, I’m a collector and these cards are for my set. How about signing one of them?” He finally took my card and as he signed it I told him that I was a teacher and that I was in town for spring break. Said Konerko: “At least you’re honest.” Not really sure what he meant by that.
Juan Pierre: 1/1 (’08 Ginter)…shouted questions at Pierre as he was in the outfield stretching. He shouted his answers back at me. When he finally came over to sign I peppered him with more questions, though he wasn’t too forthcoming with info. Pierre said he still lives in Parkland, which is only a few minutes from me. He also said that he spoke to Dontrelle Willis just a few days ago.
Harold Baines: 1/2 (card)…kicking myself because I would’ve preferred him to sign the old-school 5×7 that I accidentally left in the car
John Danks: 2/2 (’09 Ginters)….one of the nicest guys on the team….told him that he pitches a gem every time I see one of his starts. He then said he needs to buy me a ticket so I can follow him around the country. LOL
Jake Peavy: 1/1 (SS, ROMLB)….stayed until the bottom of the 6th before leaving the stadium for the player parking lot. We arrived as Peavy was signing for two little kids. He couldn’t have been cooler, though he wouldn’t inscribe anything. “I signed my life away and can no longer do(inscriptions),” Peavy said. I probably could’ve gotten multiples because the little boy standing next to me got four.
Mark Teahen: 1/1 (’08 Ginter) on the field before the game, 0/1 in the parking lot after the game….I was one of only two graphers waiting at the parking lot after the game. But I hesitated to find Teahen’s card, which gave him an opening. “I’ll get you tomorrow,” Teahen said. In such a hurry that he couldn’t wait five seconds?
Gordon Beckham: 0/1 whle in his car after the game
Andruw Jones: 0/1…while on the field after the game

Not exactly the guys I wanted but the quantity wins out so I’ll consider it productive. Another double-dip tomorrow: A’s at White Sox in the day game followed by Indians at Royals in the night game.

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

Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2010 Major League Baseball Season

Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2010 Major League Baseball Season

With the start of the 2010 major league baseball season just 1 week away, I thought it would be fun to look ahead and see what possible baseball milestones we may witness over the course of the season.

And while 2010 won’t produce any new members of the ‘500 HR Club’ or ‘3,000 Hits Club’ or ‘300 Wins Club’, it will certainly be memorable.  And these guys will have something to do with it.

Will Alex Rodriguez collect 30 home runs and 100 RBI for a 14th season??

Can Ichiro amass 200 hits for the 10th straight year??

Will Dan Uggla smack 25 or more home runs adding to his record for second basemen??

When will Alex Rodriguez hit his 17th homer of the season putting him in the ‘600 HR Club’?

How soon will Johnny Damon collect 75 hits and enter the ‘2,500 Hits Club’?

How fast will Chipper Jones tally 94 hits and join the ‘2,500 Hits Club’?

Will Ken Griffey Jr. hit 30 home runs and tie Willie Mays with 660?

Can Andruw Jones regain his home run swing and join the ‘400 HR Club’ by connecting for 12 dingers?

How fast will Trevor Hoffman amass 9 saves and become the first member of the ‘600 Saves Club’?

As you can see, there are some wonderful storylines to look forward to during the upcoming season.

Which one are you most excited about seeing??

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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