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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.

soriano

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!!!

FINAL – Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2012 Major League Baseball Season

FINAL – Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2012 Major League Baseball Season

Well friends, the 2012 MLB season is in the books so it is time for a peek at the milestones that I was hoping would occur during the season.

Let’s take a look and see how we did, shall we??

Can Ichiro re-capture his ability to collect 200 hits in a season? If so, it will be the 11th time in his 12-year career that he reaches the mark.

Ichiro collected 177 hits in 2012, the lowest tally of his MLB career.  Still, not too bad for a 38-year old role player.

Can Dan Uggla hit 30 or more home runs for the 6th straight season extending the record for a second baseman?

Uggla hit just 19 home runs in 2012, his lowest output in his career.  Also the worst offensive season of his career, too.

Can Alex Rodriguez eclipse Willie Mays’ 660 career home runs?  He currently rests at 629.

A-Rod hit just 18 home runs in 2012, leaving him with 647 for his career.  The 18 is slightly higher than his 16 in 2011, but he played in 22 more games in 2012.  660 should be reached in 2013.

Can Albert Pujols reach the 500-HR plateau?  He needs 55 home runs to reach the mark, and while he has never had a 50-HR season, he has a new ballpark to play in, the ability to play DH, and an entire new league of pitchers to feast on.

After the worst start in his majo league career, Pujols revereted back to his usual self in the second half of the season.  He ended the year with 30 home runs and 475 for his career.  500 will come in 2013.

How long until Miguel Cabrera eclipses the 300-HR mark?  He sits at 277 right now, but with Prince Fielder batting behind him, he may be close to this number by the All-Star break.

#300 has come and gone.  Cabrera now has 321 and climbing!!

Roy Halladay needs just 12 wins to reach 200 for his career.

will have to play a big part to get it done.

The 2012 baseball season has not been kind to Roy Halladay or the Phillies.  Halladay ends the 2012 season with 199 career wins.  200 will certainly be reached in April, 2013.

Tim Hudson needs 19 wins to reach 200 for his career, can he repeat some of the magic that he has had in years past?

Hudson had a very solid season in 2012.  He went 16-7 and ended the year with 197 career victories.  200 should be surpassed by Hudson in May of 2013.

Ryan Braun has had five straight 100+ RBI seasons.  Can he repeat this feat without Prince Fielder behind him in the Brewers line-up??

Bruan collected 112 RBI in 2012 making his 100+ RBI streak reach five straight seasons!!  Can you say, MVP??

Tim Lincecum continues to mow down batters.  He has five straight seasons of at least 200 or more strikeouts recorded.  Will 2012 be year number six??

Lincecum fell 10 strikeouts short of 200, ending the 2012 season with 190 K’s.  Far from bad, but far from what we had seen in the past from ‘The Freak’.

Alex Rodriguez needs just 107 RBI to move him into 4th place on the All-Time list with 2,000 for his career.  A solid campaign could get him there.

A-Rod collected just 57 RBI in 2012.  He currently rests with 1,950 career RBI.  He should eclipse the 2,000-mark in 2013.

The 2012 MLB regular season was fantastic.  We saw a lot of history made, and I am already looking forward to seeing what lies ahead for us in 2013.

Thanks for reading!!!

 

3/4 Through – Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2012 Major League Baseball Season

3/4 Through – Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2012 Major League Baseball Season

Well friends, 3/4 of the 2012 MLB season is in the books so it is time for a peek at the milestones that I hoping would occur during the season.

I will keep all updates posted at the 1/4-mark in Green.  My new 1/2-mark updates will be recorded in Blue.  And now the 3/4-mark updates will be captured in Red.

Here we go….

Can Ichiro re-capture his ability to collect 200 hits in a season? If so, it will be the 11th time in his 12-year career that he reaches the mark

With 55 hits, Ichiro is well on his way

Ichiro now has 89 hits at the half-way mark.  200 may not be a lock

Not even a trade to the Yankees is going to help Ichiro reach this goal.  He has 133 hits in 121 games, but he will not be able to capture 67 in the next 41 games.

Can Dan Uggla hit 30 or more home runs for the 6th straight season extending the record for a second baseman?

Uggla has 7 home runs so far.  If you recall, he was smoking hot during the second quarter of 2011.  Hopefully he picks up the pace a bit…

Uggla has just 11 home runs at the break.  He is capable of a 15-HR month, but will he do it??

Uggla is stuck with 15 homers in 117 games.  This streak is in seriuos jeopardy…

Can Alex Rodriguez eclipse Willie Mays’ 660 career home runs?  He currently rests at 629.

A-Rod has hit 7 home runs this season and  rests at 636.  660 is still a posibility!

A-Rod has connected for 13 home runs so far this season.  He needs 18 more to tie Willie Mays.

A broken hand will likely keep A-Rod out for the rest of the regular season.  He rests at 644 career home runs.

Can Albert Pujols reach the 500-HR plateau?  He needs 55 home runs to reach the mark, and while he has never had a 50-HR season, he has a new ballpark to play in, the ability to play DH, and an entire new league of pitchers to feast on.

He’s been hot as of late, but Pujols has only connected for 7 homers this season.  48 more seems very unlikely.

Pujols has 13 home runs this season and needs 42 more to reach 500.  Not gonna happen (this season).

Pujols has been one of the hottest hitters since the All-Star break.  He has 28 on the year and 473 for his career.  #500 will have to wait for 2013.

How long until Miguel Cabrera eclipses the 300-HR mark?  He sits at 277 right now, but with Prince Fielder batting behind him, he may be close to this number by the All-Star break.

Cabrera has connected for 8 home runs.  He needs just 15 more to reach 300.  Should not be a problem.

Miguel Cabrera has 18 round-trippers so far this season.  He needs just 5 more to reach 300 for his career.  This is a ‘LOCK’.

#300 has come and gone.  Cabrera now has 308 and climbing!!

Roy Halladay needs just 12 wins to reach 200 for his career.

Halladay is 4-4 on the year.  He will get 8 more wins, it is just a matter of when.

Halladay is now 4-5 in 11 starts.  He should be returning from the DL after the All-Star break.  This can still happen, but the Phillies will have to play a big part to get it done.

The 2012 baseball season has not been kind to Roy Halladay or the Phillies.  Halladay has 194 career wins, and while he can still tally a few more wins by the end of the year, 200 career victories may have to wait until 2013.

Tim Hudson needs 19 wins to reach 200 for his career, can he repeat some of the magic that he has had in years past?

After an extended trip on the DL, Hudson is 3-2 i n6 starts.  200 wins seems unlikely, but you never know…

Hudson is 7-4 in 11 starts this year.  He needs 12 more wins to get to 200.  That will probably happen in 2013.

Hudson is 12-4 on the year and has 193 wins for his career.  He is hot right now, but would need to win all of his remaining starts for a shot at 200 in 2012.

Ryan Braun has had five straight 100+ RBI seasons.  Can he repeat this feat without Prince Fielder behind him in the Brewers line-up??

Braun has already collected 34 RBI – he is on his way!!

Braun has 60 RBI at the break.  100 should happen as long as he remains healthy!!

Braun has 83 RBI in 112 games.  This is an almost certainty!!

Tim Lincecum continues to mow down batters.  He has five straight seasons of at least 200 or more strikeouts recorded.  Will 2012 be year number six??

Lincecum’s numbers are not what they were like during his Cy Young years.  Still, he is strking guys out – 58 so far.  On his way to 200!!

Lincecum has had a rough go in 2012.  He is 3-9 with an ERA of 6.08.  He does have 101 strikeouts which puts him in contention for another 200-K season.  Hopefully the Giants can remain in playoff contention so his games have meaning.

Lincecum has recorded 147 K’s in 25 starts.  He should go at least 7-8 more times by the end of the year.  If he can stay into the 6th inning and beyond in most of those games he still has a solid shot.

Alex Rodriguez needs just 107 RBI to move him into 4th place on the All-Time list with 2,000 for his career.  A solid campaign could get him there.

A-Rod has only driven in 19 runs so far, 107 is a long ways away, but if he gets hot he can still do it.

A-Rod has just 37 RBI this year – a far cry from the production that he is used to.  He now has 1,930 career RBI and rests in 8th place on the all-time list.  22 more RBI will land him in 6th place, but I am not certain that he will get to 5th this year (he would need 66).

Alex is stuck at 1,937.  It going to have to wait until next season.

So there you have it – These are some of the baseball milestones that I will be tracking as the 2012 season gets under way.  Just like in previous seasons, I will offer up recaps of these possible baseball milestones as the season progresses – please stay tuned for that.

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

Thanks for reading!!!

I’ll have another update for you in roughly 40 games or so…

I’ll have one more recap for you at the end of the regular season.  I was hoping for a few more celebratory posts, but that may have to wait until 2013…

1/2 Through – Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2012 Major League Baseball Season

1/2 Through – Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2012 Major League Baseball Season

Well friends, 1/2 of the 2012 MLB season is in the books so it is time for a peek at the milestones that I hoping would occur during the season. 

I will keep all updates posted at the 1/4-mark in Green.  My new 1/2-mark updates will be recorded in Blue.

Here we go….

Can Ichiro re-capture his ability to collect 200 hits in a season?  If so, it will be the 11th time in his 12-year career that he reaches the mark

With 55 hits, Ichiro is well on his way

Ichiro now has 89 hits at the half-way mark.  200 may not be a lock

Can Dan Uggla hit 30 or more home runs for the 6th straight season extending the record for a second baseman?

Uggla has 7 home runs so far.  If you recall, he was smoking hot during the second quarter of 2011.  Hopefully he picks up the pace a bit…

Uggla has just 11 home runs at the break.  He is capable of a 15-HR month, but will he do it??

Can Alex Rodriguez eclipse Willie Mays’ 660 career home runs?  He currently rests at 629. 

A-Rod has hit 7 home runs this season and  rests at 636.  660 is still a posibility!

A-Rod has connected for 13 home runs so far this season.  He needs 18 more to tie Willie Mays.

Can Albert Pujols reach the 500-HR plateau?  He needs 55 home runs to reach the mark, and while he has never had a 50-HR season, he has a new ballpark to play in, the ability to play DH, and an entire new league of pitchers to feast on.

He’s been hot as of late, but Pujols has only connected for 7 homers this season.  48 more seems very unlikely.

Pujols has 13 home runs this season and needs 42 more to reach 500.  Not gonna happen (this season).

How long until Miguel Cabrera eclipses the 300-HR mark?  He sits at 277 right now, but with Prince Fielder batting behind him, he may be close to this number by the All-Star break.

Cabrera has connected for 8 home runs.  He needs just 15 more to reach 300.  Should not be a problem.

Miguel Cabrera has 18 round-trippers so far this season.  He needs just 5 more to reach 300 for his career.  This is a ‘LOCK’.

Roy Halladay needs just 12 wins to reach 200 for his career.

Halladay is 4-4 on the year.  He will get 8 more wins, it is just a matter of when.

Halladay is now 4-5 in 11 starts.  He should be returning from the DL after the All-Star break.  This can still happen, but the Phillies will have to play a big part to get it done.

Tim Hudson needs 19 wins to reach 200 for his career, can he repeat some of the magic that he has had in years past?

After an extended trip on the DL, Hudson is 3-2 i n6 starts.  200 wins seems unlikely, but you never know…

Hudson is 7-4 in 11 starts this year.  He needs 12 more wins to get to 200.  That will probably happen in 2013.

Ryan Braun has had five straight 100+ RBI seasons.  Can he repeat this feat without Prince Fielder behind him in the Brewers line-up??

Braun has already collected 34 RBI – he is on his way!!

Braun has 60 RBI at the break.  100 should happen as long as he remains healthy!!

Tim Lincecum continues to mow down batters.  He has five straight seasons of at least 200 or more strikeouts recorded.  Will 2012 be year number six??

Lincecum’s numbers are not what they were like during his Cy Young years.  Still, he is strking guys out – 58 so far.  On his way to 200!!

Lincecum has had a rough go in 2012.  He is 3-9 with an ERA of 6.08.  He does have 101 strikeouts which puts him in contention for another 200-K season.  Hopefully the Giants can remain in playoff contention so his games have meaning.

Alex Rodriguez needs just 107 RBI to move him into 4th place on the All-Time list with 2,000 for his career.  A solid campaign could get him there.

A-Rod has only driven in 19 runs so far, 107 is a long ways away, but if he gets hot he can still do it.

A-Rod has just 37 RBI this year – a far cry from the production that he is used to.  He now has 1,930 career RBI and rests in 8th place on the all-time list.  22 more RBI will land him in 6th place, but I am not certain that he will get to 5th this year (he would need 66).

So there you have it – These are some of the baseball milestones that I will be tracking as the 2012 season gets under way.  Just like in previous seasons, I will offer up recaps of these possible baseball milestones as the season progresses – please stay tuned for that.

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

Thanks for reading!!!

I’ll have another update for you in roughly 40 games or so… 

🙂

1/4 Through – Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2012 Major League Baseball Season

1/4 Through – Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2012 Major League Baseball Season

Well friends, 1/4 of the 2012 MLB season is in the books so it is time for a peek at the milestones that I hoping would occur during the season.  All updates will be posted with  the original pre-season report in Green.

Here we go….

Can Ichiro re-capture his ability to collect 200 hits in a season?  If so, it will be the 11th time in his 12-year career that he reaches the mark

With 55 hits, Ichiro is well on his way

Can Dan Uggla hit 30 or more home runs for the 6th straight season extending the record for a second baseman?

Uggla has 7 home runs so far.  If you recall, he was smoking hot during the second quarter of 2011.  Hopefully he picks up the pace a bit…

Can Alex Rodriguez eclipse Willie Mays’ 660 career home runs?  He currently rests at 629. 

A-Rod has hit 7 home runs this season and  rests at 636.  660 is still a posibility!

Can Albert Pujols reach the 500-HR plateau?  He needs 55 home runs to reach the mark, and while he has never had a 50-HR season, he has a new ballpark to play in, the ability to play DH, and an entire new league of pitchers to feast on.

He’s been hot as of late, but Pujols has only connected for 7 homers this season.  48 more seems very unlikely.

How long until Miguel Cabrera eclipses the 300-HR mark?  He sits at 277 right now, but with Prince Fielder batting behind him, he may be close to this number by the All-Star break.

Cabrera has connected for 8 home runs.  He needs just 15 more to reach 300.  Should not be a problem.

Roy Halladay needs just 12 wins to reach 200 for his career.

Halladay is 4-4 on the year.  He will get 8 more wins, it is just a matter of when.

Tim Hudson needs 19 wins to reach 200 for his career, can he repeat some of the magic that he has had in years past?

After an extended trip on the DL, Hudson is 3-2 i n6 starts.  200 wins seems unlikely, but you never know…

Ryan Braun has had five straight 100+ RBI seasons.  Can he repeat this feat without Prince Fielder behind him in the Brewers line-up??

Braun has already collected 34 RBI – he is on his way!!

Tim Lincecum continues to mow down batters.  He has five straight seasons of at least 200 or more strikeouts recorded.  Will 2012 be year number six??

Lincecum’s numbers are not what they were like during his Cy Young years.  Still, he is strking guys out – 58 so far.  On his way to 200!!

Alex Rodriguez needs just 107 RBI to move him into 4th place on the All-Time list with 2,000 for his career.  A solid campaign could get him there.

A-Rod has only driven in 19 runs so far, 107 is a long ways away, but if he gets hot he can still do it.

So there you have it – These are some of the baseball milestones that I will be tracking as the 2012 season gets under way.  Just like in previous seasons, I will offer up recaps of these possible baseball milestones as the season progresses – please stay tuned for that.

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

Thanks for reading!!!

I’ll see you during the All-Star break with another update.  🙂

Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2012 Major League Baseball Season

Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2012 Major League Baseball Season

I had a great time doing this prior to the start of the 2011 baseball season, so I thought I would give it another go as we prepare for the start of this upcoming one too.

So, without further ado, I bring to you some of the milestones I will be looking for in 2012…

Can Ichiro re-capture his ability to collect 200 hits in a season?  If so, it will be the 11th time in his 12-year career that he reaches the mark

Can Dan Uggla hit 30 or more home runs for the 6th straight season extending the record for a second baseman?

Can Alex Rodriguez eclipse Willie Mays’ 660 career home runs?  He currently rests at 629.

Can Albert Pujols reach the 500-HR plateau?  He needs 55 home runs to reach the mark, and while he has never had a 50-HR season, he has a new ballpark to play in, the ability to play DH, and an entire new league of pitchers to feast on.

How long until Miguel Cabrera eclipses the 300-HR mark?  He sits at 277 right now, but with Prince Fielder batting behind him, he may be close to this number by the All-Star break.

Roy Halladay needs just 12 wins to reach 200 for his career.

Tim Hudson needs 19 wins to reach 200 for his career, can he repeat some of the magic that he has had in years past?

Ryan Braun has had five straight 100+ RBI seasons.  Can he repeat this feat without Prince Fielder behind him in the Brewers line-up??

Tim Lincecum continues to mow down batters.  He has five straight seasons of at least 200 or more strikeouts recorded.  Will 2012 be year number six??

Alex Rodriguez needs just 107 RBI to move him into 4th place on the All-Time list with 2,000 for his career.  A solid campaign could get him there.

So there you have it – These are some of the baseball milestones that I will be tracking as the 2012 season gets under way.  Just like in previous seasons, I will offer up recaps of these possible baseball milestones as the season progresses – please stay tuned for that.

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

Thanks for reading!!!

Play Ball!!!

Play Ball!!!

Finally we get to hear those two words we’ve been wanting to hear since November – ‘PLAY BALL’!!!

I am very excited that the 2011 baseball season is here.  And since the Marlins are not starting their season until tomorrow, I am going to make every effort possible to sneak over to the sports bar across the street from where I work to catch of few innings of this afternoon’s Yankees/Tigers contest. 

As a kid, I always wanted to go to an Opening Day game, but there was no team in Florida during my youth.  And as an adult, I guess that work and other priorities have gotten in my way as I have still not been able to conquer that dream.

I promise that one day I will!!!

Until then, ‘PLAY BALL‘!!!!

Can Pitchers & Catchers Report To Camp Already???

Can Pitchers & Catchers Report To Camp Already???

I am soooo ready for baseball season to start.  Come on guys, let’s go!!!

I’m ready for peanuts and cracker jacks.  I’m ready for freshly cut grass and perfectly painted base paths.  Give me some suntan lotion and a hot dog – I am ready for baseball season to start!!!