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’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Favorites Florida Marlins’

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Favorites Florida Marlins’

Man, my team has been making headlines of late – and very little of it is good.

So, I wanted to flip the script a bit and think of my ‘fish’ in a more positive light.

And what better way to do that than to present to you my ‘Top Ten Favorite Florida Marlins’.

And while some of these players may not have reached the peak of their career while suited up for my ‘home team’, they certainly did make me smile while playing in Miami.

Here we go:

Honorable Mention:  Hanley Ramirez, Benito Santiago, Devon White, Gary Sheffield, Bobby Bonilla, Ivan Rodriguez, Livan Hernandez, Charles Johnson, Al Leiter, Miguel Cabrera, Cameron Maybin, Juan Pierre, Dontrelle Willis, Tim Raines, and Craig Counsell.

10 – Andre Dawson.  Come on, you know that he was going to be on the list…

9 – Logan Morrison / Chris Coghlan / Mike Stanton / Gaby Sanchez – Neither of these guys has done quite enough yet to earn a spot to themselves, but between the four of them I think our core of offense looks great for the future.  I could very easily picture each of these guys occupying a spot for themselves a few years from now…

8 – Luis Castillo.  A very solid defender who put up solid batting averages, on-base percentages, and stolen base numbers on a consistent basis.

7 – Jeff Conine – ‘Mr. Marlin’.  He is probably the team’s most recognized player of all-time, and he is worthy of the title.

6 – Dan Uggla.  I loved watching this guy club homer after homer into the empty outfield seats in Miami.

5 – Josh Johnson.  He will go down as the team’s greatest pitcher to date.  Now, JJ just needs to focus on maintaining his health.  When he is on, he is a Cy Young candidate with very few equals.

4 – Edgar Renteria.  This guy delivered offense at the best times, when they were needed the most.  Very soft-spoken and generally hiding from any form of spotlight, Edgar let his game do the talking.  It it spoke volumes!!

3 – Josh Beckett.  We got to see Josh when he was green.  But even back then, he showed us flashes of his great command and powerful stuff.  No player can single-handidly win you a championship, but Josh certainly played a big part of our 2003 title.

 

2 – Cody Ross.  Nothing but smiles from and for Cody.  A truly class act with a a respect for the game that is obvious with each act he completes on the field.  Probably one of the most popular Marlins players of all-time.

1 – Mike Lowell.  There was very little that Lowell couldn’t do.  He was a solid teammate, a vocal leader, and he backed up his words with great offense and supreme defense.  You cannot help but cheer for a player that has been through what he has been through – A class act all of the way!!!

And there you have it, my ‘Top Ten Favorite Florida Marlins’.

Did I miss anyone???  Let me know.

And week, I have a great idea… Think Long-Ball…  Stay tuned.

Thanks for reading!!!

53 BALLS!!!

53 BALLS!!!

The title of this post says it all….  And here it is:

Of all of the very cool things that I have accomplished from a collecting standpoint over the last two and a half years, collecting 53 autographed baseballs, many by my favorite players from my youth, has to rank very close to the top.

My goal is to hit 60 by the end of the year.  Stay tuned as I have some very unique and special treats to come as I shoot for 60!!!

Thanks for reading!

I’ll Be Watching For History During The 2011 Baseball Season, But I’ll Be Watching These Guys Too…

I’ll Be Watching For History During The 2011 Baseball Season, But I’ll Be Watching These Guys Too…

Last night I told you about some of the amazing baseball history that can be set during the upcoming season.  And while I am very eager to see how all of that plays out as we wait for ‘Opening Day’, I am just as excited to see how these guys are going to do…

Cody Ross – A favorite in my household, Cody is ready to defend his World Series championship in 2011.

Ryan Braun – Quietly putting together an incredible start to his career – should be considered one of the top offensive outfielders in the sport.

Chipper Jones – Back from major offseason surgery, Chipper has so many baseball milestones within reach.  I would love to see him regain his form from just a few seasons ago.

Cameron Maybin – While the Marlins experiment may be over, I’m hoping that a new start in San Diego is just what the doctor ordered for this talented young player.

Manny Ramirez – New team, New attitude.  Manny is ready to prove his doubters wrong.  I hope he does so often…

Roy Halladay – I have to watch the Phillies to see how the division looks.  And while Halladay is my favorite non-Marlins pitcher, I still have to cheer against him.  Something tells me big things are about to happen for him.

Pudge Rodriguez – Looks like he will be the started for the Nationals this year.  A former Marlin, I wish Pudge nothing but success(except when he’s playing against my team).

David Price – I think that he got robbed last year in the Cy Young voting.  I watched him a lot last season, and I expect even more this year as he firmly takes the role of ‘Ace’ for the Rays.

Hanley Ramirez – He says that he wants to be the team’s leader.  And now with his tenure and contract, he should try to prove it every night.  If anyone in the game can do 40/40, it’s Hanley!!!

Man, I cannot wait for the season to start!!!

We’re just a few short days away…  Who do you have your eyes on this year??? 

Tell me all about it!!

Dan Uggla & Cameron Maybin Collections Up For Grabs!!!

Dan Uggla & Cameron Maybin Collections Up For Grabs!!!

It’s time for me to trim my current collection down a bit as I make room for some new player collections that I am going to start working on.

And while neither of the lots I am offering up are very big, they are definitely very shiny as they both contains some high quality cardboard.

So, while I do plan on keeping tabs on both of these former Florida Marlins players as they suit up for new teams this season, I am ready to part with the cards that I own of them.

First up is Dan Uggla – 15 cards, a nice lot of multi-year issues.

Cameron Maybin – 7 cards, lots of early issues.

There it is – nothing too spectacular, but both lots would be nice additions to anyone’s collection that appreciates these two ball players.

Want the cards?  Just say so.  Leave me a comment and I will randomly select who gets them.  And shipping is on me!!

Thanks.

Florida Marlins trade Cameron Maybin to San Diego Padres

Florida Marlins trade Cameron Maybin to San Diego Padres

 

From the Miami Herald:

One day after trading pitcher Andrew Miller, the Marlins have traded outfielder Cameron Maybin — the other key piece in their 2007 blockbuster deal with Detroit for Miguel Cabrera.

The Marlins traded Maybin to the San Diego Padres for right-handed relievers Ryan Webb and Edward Mujica, as they all but wiped clean their six-player return from the Tigers in the deal for Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis.

The two pitchers the Marlins are acquiring from the Padres are young but bring big-league experience.

Webb, 24, appeared in 54 games for the Padres last season, going 3-1 with a 2.90 ERA. Mujica, 26, has spent five seasons in the majors with the Indians and Padres, compiling an overall record of 8-9 in 179 games.

And there you have it, the end of the Maybin-era in Miami.  I kind of felt like this was coming, just not in November…  With the emergence of Mike Stanton, Logan Morrison, and Gaby Sanchez this season, and the return of Chris Coghlan in 2011, the Marlins are stacked with young talent.  And of the group, Maybin has under-performed all of them.

Good Luck to you Cameron.  I am hoping that a fresh start out in California is just what you need!!

And remember, it was ’30-YOC’ that supported you all the way!!!

39 Glorious Balls!!!

39 Glorious Balls!!!

That’s right my collection of signed baseballs is preparing to hit the ‘Big 4-0’ soon.  And with 3 balls in the mail set up for 3 different signings that will happen over the course of the next few weeks, reaching number 40 will happen.  The only question is who will number 40 be???

But my focus for this post is on the current day.

And currently I have 39 balls in my collection.  And I feel like showing them off.

Here Goes:

Ok, now to give you a better description of what you are looking at.

Starting from the top, and going left to right…

Row 1 – Andre Dawson, Andre Dawson, Andre Dawson, Andre Dawson

Row 2 – Frank Robinson, Fergie Jenkins, Billy Williams, Ernie Banks, Jim Palmer, Reggie Jackson, Bob Gibson

Row 3 – Tim Raines, Ron Santo, Tony Perez, Gary Carter, Dave Winfield, Dale Murphy, Darryl Strawberry

Row 4 – Lee Smith, Ryne Sandberg, Pete Rose, Jose Canseco, Mark Grace, Josh Johnson, Dwight Gooden

Row 5 – Don Larsen, Bob Feller, Phil Niekro, Gaylord Perry, Rich ‘Goose’ Gossage, Rollie Fingers, Whitey Ford

Row 6 – Jeff Conine, George Foster, Dan Uggla, Jim Abbott, Kirk Gibson, Duke Snider, Cameron Maybin

 And there you have it – 39 Gloriuos Balls!!!

Thanks.

Cameron Maybin And The Most Exciting Play In Baseball!!!!

Cameron Maybin And The Most Exciting Play In Baseball!!!!

As all you of know, I had anointed Cameron Maybin sometime ago, roughly in 2008, as ‘my boy’.  And while I haven’t bombarded you with Maybin-related posts as often as I have in the past, this one is certainly worth showing off.

‘My Boy’ thrilled the crowd today with this gem:

Great stuff!!!  Way to go Cam!!!

Florida Marlins 2010 Opening Night!!!

Florida Marlins 2010 Opening Night!!!

Yes, I was there!!!  This marks the first time in ’30-YOC’ history that I have attended an ‘Opening’ event for major league baseball.  My buddy scored 4 tickets Thursday night, and I jumped when one of them was offered my way.

And while I was very eager to see the 2010 Marlins, I was more excited to see the pre-game festivities as the team had some fun stuff planned.

For the most part, my pictures turned out horribly.  For this post, I will use images I found on Yahoo Sports.  I will download and crop the shots I took and will share them with you in a few days.

Leading off the night was Creed lead singer Scott Stapp.  He wrote and recorded the team’s new theme song.  But for this game, he sang ‘The Star Spangled Banner’.

Then I saw Chris Coghlan get his Rookie of the Year plaque.

From there, Hanley Ramirez picked up his Silver Slugger award…..

… and some major bling commemorating his .342 batting average from 2009.  They gave out 5,000 replicas of these in a BINGO game.  I was not one of the fans to win…

Lastly, my primary reason for wanting to be there – Hall of Famer, Mr. Andre Dawson, was throwing out the ceremonial first pitch!!!

And even though the team was defeated by the Dodgers, I had a great time at the game.  In a stadium packed with more than 35,000 fans, I got quite a bit of attention wearing my Cubs’ replica Dawson shirt.  Any other game, and I would have worn Teal & Black like everyone else.  But for me, this night was about ‘The Hawk’!!!

I’ll do my best to get more pictures loaded up.  I know they’re pretty bad, but I’ll post them anyway.

Oh, and wait until you see what I bought at the Marlins’ Charity Fundraisers booth… stay tuned.

Assessing The 2010 Florida Marlins

Assessing The 2010 Florida Marlins

As we sit here, less than 72 hours away from Opening Day, a familiar feeling rushes through me.  The feeling of nervous anxiousness about the 2010 baseball season is overwhelming.  You see, right now each team is tied at the top spot.  With no losses, we are all undefeated.

And I cannot stop thinking about what the Florida Marlins are capable of.

Playing in a league that now has Roy Halladay, Jason Bay, and some of the highest regarded young talent in the sport will not be easy for the Marlins.  For the main roster, the Marlins stood pat with the team that kept them in playoff contention for the better part of 150 games last year.

Offensively the team will be dynamic.  Scoring in bunches will secure wins for the club and we(all of the Marlins’ fans – all 6 of us) are eager to see how Chris Coghlan and Hanley Ramirez follow-up their incredible campaigns from 2009.  And with a new first baseman, in Gaby Sanchez, the team will have a different first baseman on Opening Day for the 4th year in a row.  We know that Dan Uggla, Cody Ross, and Jorge Cantu will provide power at the plate and drive in runs as needed.  And then there is my buddy Cameron Maybin.  Coming off of shoulder surgery during the off-season, Maybin has not looked great this Spring, but he has not been terrible either.  It’s still a mystery as to where he will bat in the line-up, but 2010 is going to be his chance to prove he deserves to play every day.

The Marlins’ pitching staff remained relatively in tact – with no key additions or subtractions.  Josh Johnson is the team’s ace, while Ricky Nolasco looks to put a strangle-hold on the second spot in the rotation.  Of the remaining starters, all have shown signs of solid pitching while also showing that they need to improve too.  No matter how they rank, Chris Volstad, Anibal Sanchez, Nate Robertson, and Andrew Miller all need work.  As for the bullpen, it is full of talented guys, but nobody has a clear-cut role.  Leo Nunez will start the season as the closer, but he allows too many hits to remain in that spot all year-long.  The Marlins need a closer that comes in and puts teams away – not one that allows base runners.  Can one of the guys in the pen fill that spot?  We shall see…

The 2010 season promises to be exciting for the team.  Overall, I predict that they will hover around the .500 line for the better part of the season.  Ultimately, I see them winning 75-80 games and unfortunately missing the playoffs again.  Last year they finished in 2nd place in the division, but I think that the Braves have the talent to overtake them if they can stay healthy.  And nobody in the NL East is going to catch the stacked Philadelphia Phillies!!!

2010 promises to be a season of come from behind wins and blown saves.  Hopefully there are more of the first one…  I cannot wait!!!

GO FISH!!!!

4th Spring Training TTM Return – Cameron Maybin – AGAIN!!!

4th Spring Training TTM Return – Cameron Maybin – AGAIN!!!

Wow, talk about a surprise!!  When I saw the postmark on the envelope I was thinking that another Marlins player had signed for me.  Maybe Josh Johnson or Dan Uggla or Cody Ross.  Any of those guys would have been great.

And then I ripped it open and out came this…

Nice huh?  And another full signature with his jersey number included!!

Maybin has really turned it around when it comes to providing a sweet signature.  Last year we saw everything from full name to initials, but this year he seems to be out to please his fans and he is providing a great looking autograph.

This return took just 18 days.  And like the first group of cards I got a few weeks back, I am thrilled to add another Cameron Maybin autograph to my collection!!

Thanks Cam!!