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Did You Know…

Only two pitchers in all of the Colorado Rockies franchise history have pitched in more than 400 games as a member of the franchise.  They are: Steve Reed (461 games) and Brian Fuentes (428 games).

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Did You Know…

The first New York Mets third baseman to be selected to represent the team during the MLB All-Star game was Howard Johnson.   Johnson’s first selection came in 1989.

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Happy Birthday Andres Galarraga!!!

Happy Birthday Andres Galarraga!!!

Andre Galarraga turns 52 years old today.

Andres Galarraga was an offensive stud during his 19-year career in the major leagues. His ability to hit for power and average put him in a rare class of players during his era.

Andres finished his career with a .288 batting average, and hit over .300 10 times. Galarraga also hit 399 home runs in his career, while hitting 20+ homers in 10 seasons.

Never considered the best at any one element of the game, Galarraga was recognized for his overall skills by making the All-Star team 5 times and finishing in the Top 10 for Most Valuable Player 6 times.

Later is his career, Andres battled cancer twice. In 1999 he missed the entire season but made a full recovery and came back to play with the Braves for one more year. When he did come back, he put up impressive stats and made another All-Star team. Then, in 2004 his cancer came back and sidelined him for a month. At this point, Galarraga was unable to regain his outstanding skills and became a bench player. Galarraga retired the next spring with the New York Mets. He finished his career just 1 home run shy of his goal of 400.

Happy Birthday Mr. Galarraga!!!

1996 HEADLINE: Al Leiter Throws A No-Hitter For The Florida Marlins

1996 HEADLINE:  Al Leiter Throws A No-Hitter For The Florida Marlins

On this day in 1996, All Leiter threw a no-hitter for the Florida Marlins!!!

I happened to have been at this game, and it is by far the single greatest sporting event I have ever seen live in person. This game easily trumps being at the World Series, The NBA Conference Finals, and any other baseball, basketball, or wrestling event I have ever been to.

I thought it would be fun to go back and review that original post I wrote over a year ago when I told you about ‘The Greatest Baseball Game I Have Ever Been To’. And then being a bit of a risk taker, I sent the ticket stub from that game along with a baseball card and sent them to Al Leiter in hopes of getting him to sign them for me. That went pretty well too

Thanks again Mr. Leiter. And Happy Anniversary!!!

Matt Holliday 2014 Topps Series 1 Subset – ‘Super Veterans’

Matt Holliday 2014 Topps Series 1 Subset – ‘Super Veterans’

When I got back into the hobby of baseball card collecting in the summer of 2008, my goal was to pay homage to the players that helped build my love for the game and the hobby.

The first subset I put together that helped me with that cause was the ‘Super Veterans’ subset from the 1983 Topps baseball card set.  This set is a beauty and it highlights the true legends of the game as their careers were winding down.

For the last few years, I have actively been begging Topps to bring this subset back and pay honor to today’s ‘Super Veterans’.  And while I cannot confirm that they obliged my request, I was very excited to see that a 15-card ‘Super Veterans’ subset was part of the 2014 Topps Series 1 release.

I am building the set now.  Here is the card of Matt Holliday:

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Matt Holliday entered his 11th big league season in 2014.

Upon entering the 2014 season, Holliday was a 6-time All-Star and a winner of 4 Silver Slugger Awards.

He is closing in on several offensive milestones and with health on his side, he should have no problem reaching 2,000 hits, 400 doubles, and 300 home runs.  And sometime during the 2014 season he will eclipse both 1,000 runs scored and 1,000 RBI.

Happy Birthday Bret Saberhagen!!!

Happy Birthday Bret Saberhagen!!!

Bret Saberhagen turns 50 years old today.

Bret Saberhagen put together a nice 16-season career for himself.  If it were not for his playing for so many losing teams, who knows what he could have accomplished.  The individual accomplishments that Bret achieved rival those of some of the greatest pitchers from the 1980’s and 90’s.  A 2-time Cy Young Award winner and World Series MVP, many would love to have his resume.

Saberhagen’s career record of  167-117 doesn’t do justice for some of the finest single seasons by any pitcher in the 80’s.  As a member of the Kansas City Royals in 1985, Bret won his first Cy Young award as he finished the season with a 20-6 record while striking out 158 batters and walking just 38.  The dominance continued into the post-season in ’85 as his Royals went on to win the World Series behind Bret’s MVP performance.  In the ’85 match-up he pitched 2 complete games, earning the win in each, while allowing just 1 run in 18 innings.  A few seasons later in 1989, Saberhagen again had a monstrous year as he went 23-6, with a 2.16 ERA and he struck out 193 batters while allowing just 43 walks.  These amazing stats earned Bret his 2nd Cy Young  Award in 5 seasons.

After 8 amazing seasons with the Royals, Bret went on to play for the New York Mets, Colorado Rockies, and the Boston Red Sox.  Although he did compile 3 more 10+ win seasons during his last 8 years in the big leagues, he was unable to recapture his amazing from his days in Kansas City.

It should be noted that Saberhagen has an incredible K:walk ratio.  For his career, he has 1,715 strikeouts while giving up just 471 walks – good for a 3.64:1 K:walk ratio which ranks him at #10 in major league history.

Happy Birthday Mr. Saberhagen!!!

‘Hall Of Fame Debate’ – Todd Helton VS Lance Berkman

‘Hall Of Fame Debate’ – Todd Helton VS Lance Berkman

Before we get into the number-crunching, let me say that the conversation about either one of these players and their potential induction into Cooperstown as a Baseball Hall of Famer is a fun one.  Both players were stars.  And while never may have been tagged as ‘the best’ over the course of a season or multiple seasons, they both performed at superstar levels for many, many years.

Would I vote either of them into the Hall of Fame?  That is a great question, and one worth some time to think about.

But, we can put them in a steel-cage and let their numbers battle to help determine which one had a better career.

So, that is what we will do.

And here are the numbers:

Helton Berkman
Seasons 17 15
Games 2,247 1,879
Hits 2,519 1,905
200 Hit Seasons 2 0
150-199 Hit Seasons 9 7
Batting Average 0.316 0.293
.300+ Seasons 12 5
Batting Titles 1 0
On-Base % 0.414 0.406
Walks Drawn 1335 1201
Strikeouts 1175 1300
Doubles 592 422
Triples 37 30
Home Runs 369 366
30-39 HR Seasons 4 4
40+ HR Seasons 2 2
Stolen Bases 37 86
Runs Scored 1,401 1,146
100-Run Seasons 6 5
RBI 1,406 1,234
100-RBI Seasons 5 6
All-Star 5 6
Gold Glove 3 0
Silver Slugger 3 0
ROY 0 0
MVP 0 0
Postseasons 2 5
WS Titles 0 1

 

And now, time to break it down and cast a vote.

Ultimately for me, the players can be judged on a few base areas of the game: hitting, run production, defense, and star status.

While Lance Berkman was a supreme hitter, Todd Helton’s overall numbers are much better and more impressive.  His number of seasons above .300 is exceptional – 12 out of 17.

Power numbers are solid for both, and each offered similar home run, RBI, and run production.

Todd Helton won three Gold Glove Awards for defensive excellence at First base while Berkman was never recognized as an elite defender.

Lastly, Todd Helton is without a doubt the greatest Colorado Rockies player of all-time (to this point) and he has been the face of the franchise for 20+ years.  Lance Berkman is an Astros legend, and deserves his spot as one of the team’s best offensive players, but he has company there with Biggio, Bagwell, etc.

For me this battle is strong, but one man comes out on top every time (except stolen bases) and that player is Todd Helton.

He gets my vote!!

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And now, it is your turn to vote – Todd Helton VS Lance Berkman