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In A Matter Of Days, Derek Jeter Will Climb Three Rungs On The All-Time Hits List!!!

In A Matter Of Days, Derek Jeter Will Climb Three Rungs On The All-Time Hits List!!!

If you haven’t been paying attention, Derek Jeter has been on fire since collecting hit number 3,000 of his career during the first weekend of July.

In fact, in less than two months he has gathered up 55 more hits and he now sits at 3,058.

Earlier this week, Jeter passed Rod Carew.  Entering today’s action he was tied with Rickey Henderson.  But after collecting three hits in this afternoon’s 22-9 win over Oakland, Derek is now resting in 21st place with Craig Biggio just 2 hits ahead of him.

It should be just a matter of days before Jeter overtakes Biggio for 20th place.  And with roughly 30+ games left in the 2011 season, he will likely remain in 20th list for the duration of the season.

Next on the list is Dave Winfield who is at 3,110.

The last few months have been a blast ‘Tracking Jeter’ and I look forward to doing the same in 2012 when he could possibly crack the ‘Top 15’.

Go Get ‘Em Derek!!!

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‘On The Road With Psugator02′ – Roger Clemens & Craig Biggio – July 20, 2011

‘On The Road With Psugator02′ – Roger Clemens & Craig Biggio – July 20, 2011

North Cobb Christian School
Kennesaw, Ga.
11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, July 20

Got a tip that Craig Biggio had been attending some of his son’s Perfect Game events. I looked up the schedule and saw that Roger Clemens had a son on the same team. I spoke to an Atlanta grapher and was told that Clemens did not attend his son’s game earlier this week. Figured it was worth a shot anyway since the venue was only 17 minutes from where I’m staying.

Roger Clemens: 2/2 (SP, ROMLB) in blue ink, 2/2 (Cliff Spohn art from Legends magazine, 8×10) in blue Sharpie, picwith (though I’m unable to post ‘cuz I lost the cord in transit)….I was at first shocked that he didn’t SS even after I asked him. However, it seems that in crowds he’ll panel baseballs. In 1-1 situations — and if you ask — he’ll SS. I stood next to an Atlanta-area grapher who got Clemens to sweet-spot two ROMLBs. The grapher then politely asked Clemens if he would sign a 16×20 that was in his trunk. Clemens said it wasn’t a problem and that he would ink it after the game. Once the game ended Biggio, who had now joined the fray, watched as the grapher gave his item to Clemens. Even though Clemens had agreed to do the 16, Biggio ratted him out. “Hey Roger….That kid you are about to sign for is selling autographs.” Clemens promptly returned the 16 to the grapher, unsigned
Craig Biggio: 1/1 (SS, ROMLB) in blue ink…I had heard some horror stories about him so I only gave him one and was very polite. “Thanks again, Mr. Biggio,” I said to him. “No problem,” he replied.

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Recently Retired Hall Of Fame Signed Baseballs On My Want List’

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Recently Retired Hall Of Fame Signed Baseballs On My Want List’

If you missed my last list, I showed off the ‘Top Ten’ baseballs I would like from players that are in the Hall of Fame.  If you want to re-visit that post, you can do so by clicking here.

For this round, I will show you the ‘Top Ten’ guys in the recently retired list that I would like to go after as well.  And while I plan on waiting to attack until I can get the HOF inscription, I am still eager to go after these guys.

And while some of these players may not get into Cooperstown unless they buy a ticket, they will all (hopefully) make an appearance in my signed baseball collection!!

So, here we go….

Honorable Mentions – Jeff Bagwell, Mike Piazza, Trevor Hoffman, Andy Pettitte, Rafael Palmeiro, Manny Ramirez, and Curt Schilling.

10 – Mike Lowell

9 – Barry Larkin

8 – Roger Clemens

7 – Tom Glavine

6 – Randy Johnson

5 – Craig Biggio

4 – John Smoltz

3 – Frank Thomas

2 – Ken Griffey Jr.

1 – Greg Maddux

Nice list, huh?

I snuck in a few guys like Lowell and Schilling.  And while I don’t belive that either will be highly considered for membership at the Hall of Fame, I do really like them and respect their careers.

Next up – the ‘Top Ten Signed Baseballs I Would Like Of Active Players’.

Stay tuned and thanks for reading!!!

‘My First Time’ – Craig Biggio – June 26, 1988

‘My First Time’ – Craig Biggio – June 26, 1988

The setting – The Astrodome, Houston, TX

From Biggio – “Hal Lanier asked me the next day when I got to the Astrodome if I was ready to play.  An even though I’d only had a couple hours of sleep, I said absolutely.  So he put me in there catching Jim Deshaies.  San Francisco is who we got…and a few days later I got my first hit.  It was off Orel Hershiser.”

Happy Birthday Craig Biggio!!

Happy Birthday Craig Biggio!!!

Craig Biggio turns 45 years old today.

A true baseball star, Biggio shined during his 20 seasons with the Houston Astros.  And while he was never classified as the best player in the game, and at times not even the best player on his own team, Craig Biggio may end up being a first ballot Hall of Famer!!

A member of the 3,000 hits club, a 7-time All-star, a 5-time Gold Glove winner, and a 4-time Silver Slugger winner, Biggio’s all-around game made him a a fan favorite and hero in the Houston area for 20 years.

It feels like it was just yesterday that I was scooping up his rookie cards – it’s hard to believe that he is now 45 years old.

Happy Birthday Mr. Biggio!!

Marveling At The Greatness Of Craig Biggio…

Marveling At The Greatness Of Craig Biggio…

I don’t know why, but I found myself on the Craig Biggio page of www.BaseballReference.com and I was quickly put in awe of his incredible stats.  I never saw him play that much, and I have no real feelings for the Astros, but I cannot stop thinking about how solid of a big league ballplayer Biggio was.  I wonder how many others missed it along with me…

I am scrapping my original plans for a post tonight, so I can give you some Biggio. 

Ok, starting off with the obvious, Biggio played twenty years for the same team – he gets credit just for doing that as he played in the wildest free agency era in baseball so far.

Now, on to the numbers:  Biggio tallied 3,060 hits, scored 1,844 runs, hit 668 doubles, crushed 201 home runs, stole 414 bases, has a lifetime batting average of .281, drove in 1,175 runs, and amassed an on-base percentage of .363.

Very impressive!  And while Biggio didn’t bring home any MVP trophies, he did win 4 Gold Gloves and 5 Silver Slugger trophies while also making the All-Star team 7 times.

But, here is what impressed me more.  It’s how high he ranks in certain statistical categories.  He is comparable to some of the game’s greatest players, so in a way I guess that confirms that he too should be spoken of when discussing that group.

Check this out:

  • 15th in games played – ahead of Reggie Jackson, Frank Robinson, and George Brett
  • 12th in at-bats – ahead of Brooks Robinson, Paul Molitor, and Lou Brock
  • 13th in runs scored – ahead of Ted Williams, Carl Yastrzemski, and Mickey Mantle
  • 20th in hits – ahead of Rod Carew, Wade Boggs, and Roberto Clemente
  • 2nd in hit-by-pitch

Biggio has surpassed some of the sport’s most talented offensive players in some major categories. 

I just wish that I paid a little more attention to it while it was happening – he deserved that!!!

New Reading Material #8 – “You Never Forget Your First”

While the title of this book can be misconstrued to cover several different topics, this book focuses on big league players and their debuts in the major leagues.

Chock full of stories from more than 100 big league players, this book will share their thoughts and feelings as they made their way onto baseball’s biggest stage – the Major leagues.  While some found success quick, some faltered just as fast…

This book has contributions from recent stars like Craig Biggio, Tony Gwynn, Chipper Jones, and Albert Pujols.  I also saw that the table of contents included some of my favorite old-school guys like Jim Palmer and Reggie Jackson.  Based on my first glimpse at the content, this one will be a quick and great read!!!

I also noticed that this book offers the box score from the player’s debut game.  What a great idea!!!