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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.

Saturday Will Be A Baseball Filled Happening – YES!!!

Saturday Will Be A Baseball Filled Happening – YES!!!

It has been WAY too long since I was able to dedicate some weekend time to the sport that I love.

But that call changes tomorrow when I attend the 2011 Florida Marlins FanFest.  And from there, I am heading to my first baseball card show of the year!!

FanFest is always a fun time, and I am looking forward to getting back into a baseball frame of mind as I get the opportunity to mingle with other Marlins’ fans as well as hopefully some players.  I will try my best to grab a few autographs while I am there as well as maybe pick up a few treats for my sons.  And of course, I am really hoping that I can meet up with a certain member of the Hall of Fame that happens to work for the Marlins(Andre, are you listening?).

I am also excited about heading to a baseball card show as the last one I went to was in November of 2010.  With the new 2011 Topps cards out, I am hoping that I can find a few new gems for my collection.  And I also am getting very close to finishing off a few player collections – maybe something I find at the show will inspire my next round of PC’s.

So, here is what you can look forward to over the next few days – pictures from the Marlins’ FanFest from the weekend and a full baseball card show review on Monday.

Have a great weekend – I know that I will!!!

Braves acquire 2B Uggla from Marlins for 2 players

Braves acquire 2B Uggla from Marlins for 2 players

By RONALD BLUM, AP Sports Writer

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP)—Power-hitting second baseman Dan Uggla(notes) was dealt from the Florida Marlins to the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday for infielder Omar Infante(notes) and left-hander Mike Dunn(notes) in the first trade of the general managers’ meetings.

A two-time All-Star, Uggla hit .287 with 33 homers and 105 RBIs last season and had been discussing a possible contract extension with Florida. He made $7.8 million this year, is eligible for salary arbitration and can become a free agent after the 2011 World Series.

“We’re satisfied he’s here for one year,” Braves general manager Frank Wren said. “He’s a kind of guy we’d like to make long-term.”

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The trade reunites Uggla with former Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez, hired by the Braves to succeed Bobby Cox following the longtime Atlanta manager’s retirement.

Florida is close to replacing some of the lost power with free-agent catcher John Buck(notes), who is nearing agreement on an $18 million, three-year contract.

Martin Prado(notes) split time between second and third this year for the Braves, and the trade could be a sign Atlanta is unsure whether third baseman Chipper Jones(notes) can return next year from surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left knee. Jones turns 39 in April.

Wren said Uggla will play second.

“Martin plays left field as his primary position in winter ball, though he’s not playing this year,” Wren said. “So we have some flexibility depending on how Chipper responds.”

Marlins president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest said the trade followed the failed contract talks. Uggla was taken from Arizona in the 2005 winter meeting draft when he was left unprotected.

“The deal just didn’t work out. We just made the decision,” Beinfest said. “Dan is a great guy. He understands. He’s a great story in a lot of ways from where he came from five years ago to where he is today.”

Terry Bross, Uggla’s agent, said the player was in Mexico on a Nike tour and not available to discuss the trade.

“He loved Florida and wanted to remain a Marlin. I’m sure he’s saddened by not being a Marlin anymore. But he’ll be exited to be a Brave.”

Florida offered Uggla a $24 million, three-year extension during the summer, a person familiar with the talks said, speaking on condition of anonymity because those details were not announced. The person said Uggla countered with a $71 million, five-year proposal.

In recent weeks, the Marlins increased their offer to $48 million over four years, and Uggla remained with his initial proposal.

Bross declined comment on those figures. He said he would be willing to discuss a multiyear deal with the Braves but called it a step-by-step process and said he will wait to hear from Atlanta.

Infante was a first-time All-Star who hit a career-high .321 with eight homers and 47 RBIs. Dunn was 2-0 with a 1.89 ERA in 25 games in his rookie season.

“There could be a little downturn in the power,” Beinfest said, “but it’s a different look now for the Marlins to get the high average, high on-base guy and then hopefully the guys in the middle, Hanley (Ramirez) and (Mike) Stanton can drive those guys in.”

While the teams had been in discussions for awhile, it came together when the GMs gathered for their annual get-together.

“I think we exchanged some names 10 days ago or 12 days ago,” Wren said. “As we got into our meetings today, I think it was just by happenstance, we happened to be sitting beside each other. We didn’t have assigned seats as we normally do. We started talking and it progressed by late in the morning we were exchanging names and were in basic agreement what the deal would be. It was just going ahead and getting some additional information.”

Buck’s negotiations were disclosed by a second person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal was not yet final. The person said the sides were working to wrap it up.

Buck was a first-time All-Star this year, when he hit .281 with 20 homers and 66 RBIs for the Toronto Blue Jays.

AP Sports Writer Charles Odum in Atlanta and AP freelance writer Mark Didtler contributed to this report.

Congratulations To Dan Uggla – 2010 Silver Slugger Award Winner!!!

Congratulations To Dan Uggla – 2010 Silver Slugger Award Winner!!!

Way to go Dan!!!  We are all so proud of the effort that you put into this season.  We hope to see you in a Marlins’ uniform for several more years to come…

Congratulations!!!

Dan Uggla Makes Baseball History With His 30th Home Run Of The Season!!!

Dan Uggla Makes Baseball History With His 30th Home Run Of The Season!!!

Last night during the 8th inning of the game between the Marlins and Phillies, Dan Uggla connected for a home run.  And while the game was seemingly out of reach for the Marlins(who lost 11-4), this round-tripper gave Uggla his 30th of the season.

And what is so special about this home run is that it is the 4th straight year in which he has crushed 30 or more.  In fact, he in the only second baseman in Major League Baseball HISTORY to accomplish that amazing feat.

Not Ryne Sandberg or Joe Morgan or Jeff Kent or Nellie Fox or Rogers Hornsby or Jackie Robinson.  None of those legendary players came close to doing what Uggla has accomplished!

Now we just need to get the Marlins management team to recognize Uggla’s hard work and dedication to the team by rewarding him with a multi-year contract…

Congratulations Dan!!!

Does Dan Uggla Have What It Takes To Be ‘Elite’???

Does Dan Uggla Have What It Takes To Be ‘Elite’???

For me, answer is a resounding ‘Yes’.  But I am biased.  The Florida Marlins are my team, and I get to watch Uggla play in 140+ games a year.  For the average to above average baseball fan, the first thing that they recall when thinking of Dan Uggla is his error filled All-Star game appearance from a few years back.  Sadly that may be all that they know of him…

But let me tell you something – There is nobody, and I mean NOBODY, that plays second base in the National League that can do what Uggla is and has been doing for the last few seasons.  And if it weren’t for the magnificent season that Robinson Cano is having with the Yankees, I would argue the fact that Uggla is having the best season of any second baseman in the league.

Riding a career high batting average this year, Uggla has been steadily around the .280 mark for most of the season.  And even with his usual slow start, he was ripping the ball early and often and is still doing so today more than 120 games through the 2010 season. 

To date, Uggla has spent most of his time in the 4 and 5 spot in the Marlins’ lineup.  He currently ranks in the Top 10 in home runs, runs scored, and RBI.  He is on pace for another 30+ home run season(his fourth in a row) and he has already amassed more homers than any other 2B has in the first 5 years of their career.

We all know what is holding back Uggla from gaining more respect and fan admiration league-wide.  He plays for an average team in a terrible baseball market.  He lacks the on-field charisma that most of the game’s superstars have and he is not a physically imposing player.  In fact, he looks more like a MMA athlete than a baseball player.

But the fact remains, he continues to get the job done year in and year out for the Marlins.  By the end of this season, Uggla will have averaged 30 homers and 90 RBI over the first five years of his career.  No other second baseman in the history of the sport can make that claim.

It’s time that the Marlins acknowledge his value to the team.  Get this guy signed to a multi-year deal now, please!!  The only pinstripes I want to see him wearing are Teal & Black!!!

Dan Uggla Will Be Wearing A Marlins Uniform in 2010 – YES!!!!

I am thrilled to learn that my favorite second baseman will play at least one more season for the ‘home’ team this year.

Hearing the news on Monday afternoon that the Marlins re-signed Dan Uggla to a 1-year contract solidifies the Marlins’ offense and ensures that players like Hanley Ramirez, Cody Ross, and Jorge Cantu will continue to get opportunities to shine in 2010.

The best home run hitting second baseman in the game today, Uggla has crushed 121 homers while driving in 360 RBI in his first 4 years in the majors.

I look for 2010 to be another power-full year for the slugger, and I hope to see that he is rewarded with a long-term contract offer after this upcoming season is complete.

Congratulations on the contract Dan.  Now get ready to ‘Go Get ‘Em!!!!’

Go FISH!!!

With His 25th Home Run Of The Season, Dan Uggla Makes Baseball History!!!

That’s right, Dan Uggla now stands alone with a baseball record all of his own.

In last night’s games versus the Atlanta Braves, Uggla belted his 25th home run of the 2009 baseball season.  And in doing so, Uggla became the first second baseman in baseball history to hit 25 or more home runs in his first 4 years in the big leagues.

Congratulations Dan Uggla!!!

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GO FISH!!!

20 Questions With Cody Ross Of The Florida Marlins

You will recall that a few weeks ago I went to an autograph signing for Cody Ross of the Florida Marlins.  Cody has become a very popular player on the team, and I am sure that it is due to his on the field heroics and his obvious enjoyment of playing the game of baseball. 

In less than 2 weeks, Cody returned my interview request back to me and the result is very entertaining.

Enjoy!!!

’20 Questions With Cody Ross’

30-Year Old Cardboard: Your first major league hit – what was the date and who was it against?

Cody  Ross: Bartolo Colon, July 2003

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30-YOC: What coach in the major leagues has had the biggest impact on your career?

CR: Bo Porter

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30-YOC: Your favorite ballpark in the majors is…

CR: Chase Field(AZ)

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30-YOC: Your least favorite ballpark to visit in the majors is…

CR: I like them all

30-YOC: In the bottom of the ninth, down by 1 run with 2 out, who do you not want to face on the pitching mound?

CR: Mariano Rivera

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30-YOC: In the bottom of the ninth, down by 1 run with 2 out, who would you love to face on the pitching mound?

CR: n/a

30-YOC: What is the better feeling: A game winning home run or a run-saving catch?

CR: Game winning home run!!

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30-YOC: What is it like to see Andre Dawson walking around the stadium all of the time?

CR: surreal

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30-YOC: Name 1 player playing today that you would love to have as a teammate.

 

CR: Manny Ramirez

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30-YOC: Name 1 player from the 1980’s you would love to have had as a teammate.

CR: Nolan Ryan

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30-YOC: Name 1 pitcher from the 1980’s you would love to take a few swings against.

CR: Nolan Ryan

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30-YOC: Your favorite teammate on the Marlins’ roster is?

CR: Uggla, Hermida

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30-YOC: The funniest guy in the Marlins’ locker room is…

CR: Andy Fox

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30-YOC: The guy most worthy of Hall of Fame induction that is not a member is…

CR: Andre Dawson / Pete Rose

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30-YOC: Do you have memorabilia from your career?  If so, what is your favorite piece?

CR: I have a lot of personalized jersey from a lot of good players and Hall of Famers.

30-YOC: Who is the biggest celebrity you have met that is a Marlins fan?

CR: I’ve met a lot but probably the most well known is Regis Philbin.

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30-YOC: If you’re on a 5-hour flight, what is the one album you can listen to for the whole trip?

CR: Coldplay or George Straight

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30-YOC: If this movie is on TV, I am watching it…

CR: Goodwill Hunting

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30-YOC: In ‘The Cody Ross Movie’, who would you want to play you?

CR:  Matthew McConaughey

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 30-YOC: If you weren’t a professional baseball player, you would be a…

CR: Rodeo Clown

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And there you have it.  A ton of fun with Cody Ross!!!  He has been a huge spark for the Marlins team this year and is definitely a big reason as to why they have been so competitive all year long.

Thanks Cody!!!  Go Fish!!!

Results: Cody Ross Autograph Signing

What a great event!!  The crowd was well-managed.  The fans were friendly.  And most importantly, Cody Ross seemed happy to be there!!!

I am terrible at estimating the size of a crowd, but if I had to select a number I would guess that there were roughly 150 fans in attendance.  Cody arrived promptly at 11AM and the signing began.  I would guess that we were somewhere in the middle of the line and we arrived 20 prior to the 11AM start time.  We were allowed to enter the Dunkin’ Donuts store in small groups and Cody did a good job of keeping the line moving while also taking a few seconds to greet each person that he met.

When it was our turn, me, my wife, and our two sons entered the store and Cody greeted us with a warm smile.  I introduced him to the boys and my soon-to-be 3-year old gave him a ‘high-five’ and a ‘Hi Cody’.  I also gave him the package I prepared for him.  He signed a few cards for us and we were on our way.

The signing ended promptly at Noon, and with the ultimate show of class, Cody exited the store and immediately went to the line of people that did not make it inside and he signed and took pictures for all of them.  A true class act!!!!

Here are some pictures:

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And now onto the autographs we picked up:

Cody Ross Autos

Sidenote – when I presented the cards I wanted Cody to sign he immediately said that the 2008 A&G was his favorite.  I’m glad that I threw a couple of those in the package for him…

Thanks again Cody!!  This was a great experience for the 3 of us!!!