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David Ortiz 2014 Topps Series 1 Subset – ‘Super Veterans’

David Ortiz 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 David Ortiz:

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David Ortiz is on his way to Cooperstown.

Upon entering the 2014 major league baseball season, Ortiz was already a 3-time World Series champion and 9-time All-Star.  He has more than 2,000 career hist with 1450+ RBI and he continues to climb the all-time HR list as he chases 500.

Ortiz is the winner of six Silver Slugger Awards.  He is a lifetime .287 hitter and he has 7 seasons of 30 or more home runs on his resume.

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.

beltre

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.

pujols

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.

cabrera

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!!!

2013 Topps Update ‘Postseason Heroes’ Subset – David Ortiz

2013 Topps Update ‘Postseason Heroes’ Subset – David Ortiz

The 2013 Topps Update baseball card set includes a subset tagged as ‘Postseason Heroes.  And with that theme, you would expect to find cards of modern players like Albert Pujols, Edgar Renteria, and Pablo Sandoval but none of these guys made the checklist.

That does leave room for some nice surprises…

This is the card of David Ortiz from the set:

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While he is still in the process of writing his postseason legacy, David Ortiz has already cemented himself as one of the sport’s great playoff heroes.

As a member of the Boston Red Sox for the past 11 seasons, Ortiz has helped take Boston to the playoffs seven times.  He has compiled a career playoff batting average of .295 while connecting for 17 home runs and driving in 60 runs.

Amazingly, in World Series play, he is even better.  Much better.  In three World Series match-ups, Ortiz has played in 14 games.  He had amassed a .455 batting average while going 20-for-44.  Of his 20 hits, 6 are doubles and 3 are home runs.  He has driven in 14 RBI in those 14 games while also scoring 14 runs.

Hall Of Fame Debate: Taking Another Look At ‘Big Papi’ David Ortiz

Hall Of Fame Debate: Taking Another Look At ‘Big Papi’ David Ortiz

We all know that without David Ortiz’s performance in the 2013 World Series that the Boston Red Sox would have been more challenged for the title.  His performance was epic, by all standards, and he deservedly was crowned as the World Series MVP.

In February of this year, we debated Ortiz’s Hall of Fame eligibility and gave our thoughts on his potential induction into Cooperstown.

The end result of that debate was pretty split.  You can review that original post here.

My question tonight is this – Did Papi’s performance in the 2013 World Series change your mind?  Did that sole series change your opinion on him?  We know it built his legacy as a player – that is not questionable.  But, did it elevate his status when you think about him as a possible ‘Hall of Famer’.

Big Papi Photo

For me, I had him penciled in as a future HOF’er before this season started.  His 2013 WS performance only solidified that stance in my eyes.

What do you think??  In 6 games, does your vote now swing towards David Ortiz and his future as a Hall of Famer?

Let me hear it!!

3/4 THROUGH – Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2013 Major League Baseball Season

3/4 THROUGH – Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2013 Major League Baseball Season

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Well friends, we are amazingly 3/4 through with the 2013 baseball regula season, so I thought we should go back to the list of milestones I was going to track this season and see how these players are progressing.

For this 1/4 update all notes wil be added to the original post in GREEN.

For this 1/2update all notes wil be added to the original post in RED.

For this 3/4 update all notes wil be added to the original post in BLUE.

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I had a great time doing this prior to the starts of the 2011 and 2012 baseball seasons, so I thought I would give it another go as we prepare for the start of this upcoming campaign.

So, without further ado, I bring to you some of the milestones I will be looking for in 2013…

Ichiro’s push towards 2,800 career hits in the major leagues. He starts the season with 2,606.

37 games in and Ichiro has 32 hits – Not great, but not horrible either. As other Yankees return to the line-up, he should be helped.

Ichiro has 70 hits in 71 games and is well short of the numbers he would need to get to 2,800.  2,750 is more likely at this point.

Ichiro has 110 hits this season and is well below the pace needed to get to 2,800 – 2,750 is more probable at this point.

PHOTO ICHIRO

Todd Helton marches towards 2,500 career hits. He starts the 2013 campaign with 2,420 hits.

Helton only has 18 hits in 23 games. 2,500 is still a strong possibility but it may not happen as soon as it should have….

Helton now has 40 hits in 53 games.  He is still on track and needs just 40 more hits to reach 2,500!

Helton has 70 hits this season and is just ten away from 2,500.  Just a matter of when at this point…

PHOTO HELTON

David Ortiz looks to capture the 2,000th hit of his major league career. He will start the season with 1,863 career hits.

Ortiz has 28 hits in 22 games and has been hot since returning to the Boston line-up. He needs 109 to reach 2,000.

Ortiz has 73 hits in 61 games.  He needs 64 hits to reach 2,000 this season.  If he stays healthy, he will do it.

Ortiz has 125 hits this year and is just 12 shy of the 2,000-mark.  He should be enjoying this milestone by the end of the month!

PHOTO ORTIZ

Albert Pujols looks to join the ‘500 HR Club’. He will start his 13th major league season with 475 homers on his resume.

Pujols has only clubbed 7 home runs this year. He needs 18 more to reach 500!

Pujols will do it, but not anywhere close to as quickly as I expected.  He has 13 HR’s this season so far.  12 to go!

Pujols has 17 home runs this season and is just 8 away from 500.  But, he has not played since July 26 and the remainder of his season is in doubt due to foot issues.

PHOTO PUJOLS

Ryan Howard looks to drive in the 1,000th run of his big league career. He will start the season with 920 RBI.

Hoawrd has only driven in 22 runs in 38 games. He is going to have to step it up to get to 1,000 by the end of the season.

Near the half-way mark of the season, Howard has 41 RBI.  He needs 39 more to reach 1,000.

Howard has collected just 2 RBI since the mid-season mark and will not reach the 1,000 RBI mark this season.

PHOTO HOWARD

Ryan Braun looks to add another 30/100 season to his resume. He has done it for the last 5 seasons. Can he make it six in a row?

Braun has 8 home runs and 26 RBI in 35 games. If he can remain healthy, he is on pace to hit the 30/1000 milestone again.

Braun has been sidelined for most of the season.  He has just 9/36.  This streak is over…

Screw this guy!!!

PHOTO BRAUN

CC Sabathia looks to lock up career victory number 200. He will start the season with 191 career wins.

CC has 4 wins so far and is well on his way to 200 career victories. I’d like to see him do it before the All-Star break if possible.

CC is one win away fro 200 career victories – Go Get ‘Em CC!!!

Done Deal!!!  Congrats CC – Let’s go for 300!!!

PHOTO SABATHIA

Matt Cain is out to capture career victory #100 – he is currently sitting at 85.

Cain has 3 wins in 9 starts this season and is not off to the same pace he had in 2012 when he won 16 games. He’ll have to step it up if he wants to reach #100 this season.

Cain is 5-4 in 16 starts this season.  He has 90 career wins and can still make a run at 100, but the Giants are struggling right now.  #100 may have to wait until next year…

Cain is 7-8 in 24 starts this year and he will not make it to 100.  The Giants have been horrible, and he is not helping with his 4.44 ERA.

PHOTO CAIN

Justin Verlander is approaching 1,500 career strikeouts. He needs just 46 to hit the mark.

DONE!!! This guy is a beast and he is well on his way to 1,600 and beyond.

Verlander has 1,608 career K’s at this 3/4 mark.  1,700 is a possibility.

PHOTO VERLANDER

Tim Lincecum is nearing 1,500 career strikeouts. I’m still unsure of what his role may be this season, Lincecum needs 183 K’s to reach the mark.

Lincecum is faring well so far in 2013. He has 52 strikeouts in 48 innings of work. If he can stay on this pace, he will do it!!

Lincecum has 93 strikeouts in 95 innings of work this season.  He is 90 K’s from 1,500 and still has a good chance of reach the magical 1,500.  Hopefully he remains in the Giants’ starting rotation.

Lincecum has 153 strikeouts on the season and 1,470 for his career.  He should reach this 1,500 mark if he can remain in the starting rotation.  He is just 6-12 in 24 starts this year and has an ERA of 4.38.

PHOTO LINCECUM

So there you have it – These are some of the baseball milestones that I will be tracking as the 2013 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??

See you around the 120-game mark!!!!

We’ll do this one more time at the end of the season.  This was not a good year for my prognostications…

Thanks for reading!!!

David Ortiz Becomes The All-Time Hits Leader At DH!!!!

David Ortiz Becomes The All-Time Hits Leader At DH!!!!

From SI.com

SEATTLE — Boston’s David Ortiz has passed Harold Baines to become Major League Baseball’s career leader in hits by a designated hitter.

Ortiz collected his 1,689th hit as a DH when he doubled to left-center field leading off the second inning Wednesday night against the Seattle Mariners. Ortiz received a loud ovation from the fans at Safeco Field when the milestone was shown on the video board and tipped his cap in appreciation.

Ortiz already holds marks for the most runs scored, doubles, home runs, extra-base hits and RBIs by a designated hitter. Ortiz entered Wednesday night on a roll, hitting .403 at the plate over his previous 20 games. He had four hits on Tuesday night to tie Baines’ mark, including two doubles and a home run.
David Ortiz

1/2 THROUGH – Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2013 Major League Baseball Season

1/2 THROUGH – Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2013 Major League Baseball Season

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Well friends, we are amazingly 1/2 through with the 2013 baseball regula season, so I thought we should go back to the list of milestones I was going to track this season and see how these players are progressing.

For this 1/4 update all notes wil be added to the original post in GREEN.

For this 1/2update all notes wil be added to the original post in RED.

_________________________________________________

I had a great time doing this prior to the starts of the 2011 and 2012 baseball seasons, so I thought I would give it another go as we prepare for the start of this upcoming campaign.

So, without further ado, I bring to you some of the milestones I will be looking for in 2013…

Ichiro’s push towards 2,800 career hits in the major leagues. He starts the season with 2,606.

37 games in and Ichiro has 32 hits – Not great, but not horrible either. As other Yankees return to the line-up, he should be helped.

Ichiro has 70 hits in 71 games and is well short of the numbers he would need to get to 2,800.  2,750 is more likely at this point.

PHOTO ICHIRO

Todd Helton marches towards 2,500 career hits. He starts the 2013 campaign with 2,420 hits.

Helton only has 18 hits in 23 games. 2,500 is still a strong possibility but it may not happen as soon as it should have….

Helton now has 40 hits in 53 games.  He is still on track and needs just 40 more hits to reach 2,500!

PHOTO HELTON

David Ortiz looks to capture the 2,000th hit of his major league career. He will start the season with 1,863 career hits.

Ortiz has 28 hits in 22 games and has been hot since returning to the Boston line-up. He needs 109 to reach 2,000.

Ortiz has 73 hits in 61 games.  He needs 64 hits to reach 2,000 this season.  If he stays healthy, he will do it.

PHOTO ORTIZ

Albert Pujols looks to join the ‘500 HR Club’. He will start his 13th major league season with 475 homers on his resume.

Pujols has only clubbed 7 home runs this year. He needs 18 more to reach 500!

Pujols will do it, but not anywhere close to as quickly as I expected.  He has 13 HR’s this season so far.  12 to go!

PHOTO PUJOLS

Ryan Howard looks to drive in the 1,000th run of his big league career. He will start the season with 920 RBI.

Hoawrd has only driven in 22 runs in 38 games. He is going to have to step it up to get to 1,000 by the end of the season.

Near the half-way mark of the season, Howard has 41 RBI.  He needs 39 more to reach 1,000.

PHOTO HOWARD

Ryan Braun looks to add another 30/100 season to his resume. He has done it for the last 5 seasons. Can he make it six in a row?

Braun has 8 home runs and 26 RBI in 35 games. If he can remain healthy, he is on pace to hit the 30/1000 milestone again.

Braun has been sidelined for most of the season.  He has just 9/36.  This streak is over…

PHOTO BRAUN

CC Sabathia looks to lock up career victory number 200. He will start the season with 191 career wins.

CC has 4 wins so far and is well on his way to 200 career victories. I’d like to see him do it before the All-Star break if possible.

CC is one win away fro 200 career victories – Go Get ‘Em CC!!!

PHOTO SABATHIA

Matt Cain is out to capture career victory #100 – he is currently sitting at 85.

Cain has 3 wins in 9 starts this season and is not off to the same pace he had in 2012 when he won 16 games. He’ll have to step it up if he wants to reach #100 this season.

Cain is 5-4 in 16 starts this season.  He has 90 career wins and can still make a run at 100, but the Giants are struggling right now.  #100 may have to wait until next year…

PHOTO CAIN

Justin Verlander is approaching 1,500 career strikeouts. He needs just 46 to hit the mark.

DONE!!! This guy is a beast and he is well on his way to 1,600 and beyond.

PHOTO VERLANDER

Tim Lincecum is nearing 1,500 career strikeouts. I’m still unsure of what his role may be this season, Lincecum needs 183 K’s to reach the mark.

Lincecum is faring well so far in 2013. He has 52 strikeouts in 48 innings of work. If he can stay on this pace, he will do it!!

Lincecum has 93 strikeouts in 95 innings of work this season.  He is 90 K’s from 1,500 and still has a good chance of reach the magical 1,500.  Hopefully he remains in the Giants’ starting rotation.  

PHOTO LINCECUM

So there you have it – These are some of the baseball milestones that I will be tracking as the 2013 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??

See you around the 120-game mark!!!!

Thanks for reading!!!

1/4 THROUGH – Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2013 Major League Baseball Season

1/4 THROUGH – Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2013 Major League Baseball Season

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Well friends, we are amazingly 1/4 through with the 2013 baseball regula season, so I thought we should go back to the list of milestones I was going to track this season and see how these players are progressing.

For this 1/4 update all notes wil be added to the original post in GREEN.

_________________________________________________

I had a great time doing this prior to the starts of the 2011 and 2012 baseball seasons, so I thought I would give it another go as we prepare for the start of this upcoming campaign.

So, without further ado, I bring to you some of the milestones I will be looking for in 2013…

Ichiro’s push towards 2,800 career hits in the major leagues. He starts the season with 2,606.

37 games in and Ichiro has 32 hits – Not great, but not horrible either. As other Yankees return to the line-up, he should be helped.

PHOTO ICHIRO

Todd Helton marches towards 2,500 career hits. He starts the 2013 campaign with 2,420 hits.

Helton only has 18 hits in 23 games. 2,500 is still a strong possibility but it may not happen as soon as it should have….

PHOTO HELTON

David Ortiz looks to capture the 2,000th hit of his major league career. He will start the season with 1,863 career hits.

Ortiz has 28 hits in 22 games and has been hot since returning to the Boston line-up.  He needs 109 to reach 2,000.

PHOTO ORTIZ

Albert Pujols looks to join the ‘500 HR Club’. He will start his 13th major league season with 475 homers on his resume.

Pujols has only clubbed 7 home runs this year.  He needs 18 more to reach 500!

PHOTO PUJOLS

Ryan Howard looks to drive in the 1,000th run of his big league career. He will start the season with 920 RBI.

Hoawrd has only driven in 22 runs in 38 games.  He is going to have to step it up to get to 1,000 by the end of the season.

PHOTO HOWARD

Ryan Braun looks to add another 30/100 season to his resume. He has done it for the last 5 seasons. Can he make it six in a row?

Braun has 8 home runs and 26 RBI in 35 games.  If he can remain healthy, he is on pace to hit the 30/1000 milestone again.

PHOTO BRAUN

CC Sabathia looks to lock up career victory number 200. He will start the season with 191 career wins.

CC has 4 wins so far and is well on his way to 200 career victories.  I’d like to see him do it before the All-Star break if possible.

PHOTO SABATHIA

Matt Cain is out to capture career victory #100 – he is currently sitting at 85.

Cain has 3 wins in 9 starts this season and is not off to the same pace he had in 2012 when he won 16 games.  He’ll have to step it up if he wants to reach #100 this season.

PHOTO CAIN

Justin Verlander is approaching 1,500 career strikeouts. He needs just 46 to hit the mark.

DONE!!!  This guy is a beast and he is well on his way to 1,600 and beyond.

PHOTO VERLANDER

Tim Lincecum is nearing 1,500 career strikeouts. I’m still unsure of what his role may be this season, Lincecum needs 183 K’s to reach the mark.

Lincecum is faring well so far in 2013.  He has 52 strikeouts in 48 innings of work.  If he can stay on this pace, he will do it!!

PHOTO LINCECUM

So there you have it – These are some of the baseball milestones that I will be tracking as the 2013 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!!!

Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2013 Major League Baseball Season

Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2013 Major League Baseball Season

I had a great time doing this prior to the starts of the 2011 and 2012 baseball seasons, so I thought I would give it another go as we prepare for the start of this upcoming campaign.

So, without further ado, I bring to you some of the milestones I will be looking for in 2013…

Ichiro’s push towards 2,800 career hits in the major leagues.  He starts the season with 2,606.

PHOTO ICHIRO

Todd Helton marches towards 2,500 career hits.  He starts the 2013 campaign with 2,420 hits.

PHOTO HELTON

David Ortiz looks to capture the 2,000th hit of his major league career.  He will start the season with 1,863 career hits.

PHOTO ORTIZ

Albert Pujols looks to join the ‘500 HR Club’.  He will start his 13th major league season with 475 homers  on his resume.

PHOTO PUJOLS

Ryan Howard looks to drive in the 1,000th run of his big league career.  He will start the season with 920 RBI.

PHOTO HOWARD

Ryan Braun looks to add another 30/100 season to his resume.  He has done it for the last 5 seasons.  Can he make it six in a row?

PHOTO BRAUN

CC Sabathia looks to lock up career victory number 200.  He will start the season with 191 career wins.

PHOTO SABATHIA

Matt Cain is out to capture career victory #100 – he is currently sitting at 85.

PHOTO CAIN

Justin Verlander is approaching 1,500 career strikeouts.  He needs just 46 to hit the mark.

PHOTO VERLANDER

Tim Lincecum is nearing 1,500 career strikeouts.  I’m still unsure of what his role may be this season, Lincecum needs 183 K’s to reach the mark.

PHOTO LINCECUM

So there you have it – These are some of the baseball milestones that I will be tracking as the 2013 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!!!

Hall Of Fame Debate: Buy OR Sell – David ‘Big Papi’ Ortiz

Hall Of Fame Debate:  Buy OR Sell – David ‘Big Papi’ Ortiz

I promise that I will not do this too often for current major league players…

I really don’t know why, but I have had ‘Papi On The Brain’ for the better part of this week.  And while I am not particularly a fan of his or of the Red Sox, I will admit that he is one of the few hitters that when he is at the plate, he demands your attention.

This was a quiet offseason for Ortiz due to his signing of a 2-year contract extension during the offseason of 2012.  But, I am sure that he will make headlines again at the conclusion of the 2013 baseball season due to his free agent status.  And more likely than not, he will probably re-sign with the Boston Red Sox for the fourth time.

I got to thinking about the great moments that Ortiz has provided the baseball world over the last decade.  He absolutely has the needed ‘Magical Moments’ that help elevate a player’s status, but are his numbers Hall of Fame worthy??

That is tonight’s question: Do You Buy OR Sell David Ortiz As A Hall Of Famer??

Let’s start with the obvious – Ortiz is a fantastic hitter.  Entering the 2013 baseball season, he has a career .285 batting average, with six seasons of hitting .300 or better on his resume.

Ortiz also has 401 career home runs.  And at the age of 37, he still has a real chance to reach the magical number of 500 if he remains healthy and in the everyday lineup.  Of his ten seasons with the Red Sox, Ortiz has connected for 30+ home runs three times, 40+ twice, and a career high of 54 home runs in 2006.

Ortiz has also been solid at driving in runs for the Sox.  He has 1,326 career RBI and will more than likely eclipse 1,500 before he retires.  Papi has driven in 100 or more runs in six of his ten seasons in Boston.

He has also been a member of the elite ’30/100 Club’ six times.  This puts him in an elite grouping of today’s players.

Ortiz is an 8-time All-Star and a 5-time Silver Slugger Award winner.  And from 2003-2007, he had an amazing streak of five straight ‘Top Five’ finishes for the American League’s MVP Award.

Ortiz has won two World Series titles with the Red Sox, 2004 and 2007.  He has a batting average of .321 in the World Series and has hit one home run, scored 7 runs, and driven in 8 runs in the Fall Classic.

Is this resume grand enough to gain entry into the Hall of Fame??

I say ‘YES’.  Big Papi is a fantastic ambassador for the sport, and his joy of the game is infectious.  His on-the-field accomplishments are on par, if not greater than, the best hitters of his era.  And his winning ways since joining the Red Sox in 2003 define him as a winning ballplayer. 

Sure, he is primarily a designated hitter, but he is and has been a feared part of the Boston Red Six lineup for the better part of ten seasons..  And I don’t think that just because he is primarily used as a DH that he should get any less consideration or votes for Hall of Fame entry when he becomes eligible.

His career may be incomplete at this point, but in my opinion unless something drastically bad halts Ortiz’s progress over the next 3-4 years, he is absolutely Hall of Fame material!!!!

David Oritz