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’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – Top Ten Third Basemen In The Game Right Now!!!

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – Top Ten Third Basemen In The Game Right Now!!!

Yessir, it is back – FINALLY!!!

Kind of like ‘The Rock’ coming back to the WWE, I am bringing the ‘Top Ten Lists’ back to 30-Year Old Cardboard.

Let’s get right down to it…

I have had Hanley Ramirez on the brain for weeks now.  And while I fully understand why the Miami Marlins did what they did in regards to trading Hanley to the Dodgers, I think that the mission of finding a replacement third baseman for the club that can offer what Hanley brought to the team is going to be near-impossible.

So, that got me to thinking….  How does Hanley rank against the other third baseman in the sport today and who is the best at this highly coveted spot that is affectionitely known as ‘The Hot Corner’?

Now it is time to delve into that a bit more…

I had two rules for my list:

1. the player had to be active – so apologies go out to Evan Longoria and Alex Rodriguez as they surely would have made the list if they were not on the DL.

2. 3B had to be the player’s primary position.  So, while Miguel Cabrera, Michael Young, Mark Trumbo, Jose Bautista, and Edwin Encarnacion all saw time at third this year it was never their primary spot.

OK, the rules are out of the way.

Let’s do this!!!

Honorable Mention – Kevin Youkilis, Pedro Alvarez, Mike Moustakas, Chase Headley

10 – Will Middlebrooks – in 69 games, this rookie has collected 72 hits and has been hovering around the .300 mark.  He has 14 doubles, 13 home runs, 48 RBI, and has scored 32 runs.

9 – Brett Lawrie – in 100 games, Lawrie has 112 hits, and a .282 batting average.  He has 20 doubles, 3 triples, 9 home runs, and 40 RBI.

8 – Chipper Jones – He still gets it done, even in limiyted action.  In 68 games, Chipper has 76 hits while sporting a .316 batting average.  He has connected for 17 doubles and 10 home runs while driving in 47 runs and scoring 38.  He even has a SB this year!!

7 – Pablo Sandoval – Hobbled by injuries, Sandoval has played in just 62 games this year.  Still, he has connected for 70 hits.  His batting average is .299, and he has a very solid .352 on-base percentage. 

6 – Ryan Zimmerman – He has been heating up as of late which should help the Nats during the last 2 months of the season.  Zim has collected 102 hits in 92 games this year including 24 doubles and 15 home runs.  He has driven in 57 while scoring 63 times.

5 – Aramis Ramirez – Ramirez has quietly put together another solid campaign.  In 97 games he has collected 109 hits.  He has 36 doubles and 13 home runs.  He has driven in 67 runs and scored 59 times. 

4 – Hanley Ramirez – Hanley looks to be happier out in LA.  For the season, Hanley has collected 93 hits in 103 games.  He has 20 doubles, 3 triples, 15 home runs, and 16 stolen bases.  Time to get that batting average and on-base percentage up now…

3 – David Freese – He is playing like a veteran now!  In 97 games, he has 110 hits and a .309 batting average.   Freese has connected for 20 doubles and 15 home runes while scoring 51 times and driving in 61.  Freese has a very solid .376 on-base percentage.

2 – Adrian Beltre – Another remarkable season of consistency from Beltre.  He has 122 hits in 102 games played.  Beltre has connected for 21 doubles and 18 homers while driving in 61 runs and scoring another 59.  Beltre is batting .307.

1 – David Wright – In his 9th season, I believe that David Wright holds the tag of ‘Best 3B In The Game’.  Wright is batting .328 while getting 126 hits in 104 games.  His power numbers are solid as he has connected for 32 doubles and 16 home runs.  Wright has scored 67 runs and driven in 72.  Currently he is batting .328 (career high) and he has an on-base percentage of .424 (career high).  On top of that, he has stolen 12 bases.  He is on pace for a career-low in strikeouts as well.

And there you have it.  I am amazed that I would give a Mets player this kind of honor, but David Wright is a superb player and well deserving of the top-spot.

Disagree?  Let me hear it!

Did I omit anyone you would have on your list?  Let me hear it!

Have a great night!!!

COMING SOON: The Return Of The ‘Top Ten List’

COMING SOON: The Return Of The ‘Top Ten List’

Many have asked for this, and I am not one to not respond.

So, ideas have been put to paper and ideas have been offered up.

And now it is time to get to work.

I will be brining back my weekly ‘Top Ten Lists’ starting with a fresh post next Sunday evening.

So, buckle up and enjoy the ride.  I hope it is as fun as my first wave of posts from this series.

And if you have any suggestions for a ‘Top Ten List’, let me know and I will work on it.

Have a great night!

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Actors’

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Actors’

It’s Sunday night, so that means we’re ready for another installment of ’30-YOC’s Top Ten’.

Tonight I am going to present you with my top ten actors list.  And while this list may be highly debatable by some, I have to believe that your preference for the style of entertainment that you like will dictate that actors that appeal to you.

With that being said, you won’t find Robert DeNiro or Jack Nicholson on my list.  No Adam Sandler or Will Ferrell either…

Ok, Let’s get this started!!!

Honorable Mention:  Morgan Freeman, Clint Eastwood, Will Smith, Matt Damon, Russell Crowe, Forrest Whitaker, Robert Duval, and John Travolta.

10.  Tom Hanks – Completed the cycle of comedic actor to dramatic actor better than anyone I have ever seen.  I just wish that he would work more…

9.  Leonardo DiCaprio – Probably the biggest box office draw of our generation.  Leo is solid as a lead actor, and performs each role brilliantly.  I would love to see him take on smaller, more minor roles.  Teaming him up with other top-notch talent would earn him even more praise.

8.  Keifer Sutherland – Known primarily for his role on 24, Sutherland was phenomenal as Jack Bauer.  On film, he is just as good – and he plays one hell of a bad guy!!

7.  Ben Stiller – The only truly comedic actor I care for.  And while some of his roles are questionable, Stiller is very funny.  But please, no more Focker sequels.

6.  Samuel L. Jackson – An absolute scene stealer.  I would guess that Jackson has one memorable scene in every movie he has been in – even the bad ones.  It’s very hard not to pay attention to him when he is on the screen.

5.  Christian Bale – Probably the most talented guy in the industry today.  Bale gets into his character like no other actor around.  And the roles are edgy – and pulled off to perfection each time.

4.  Ed Norton – So good.  If Norton stuck to dramatic and suspenseful roles, his star would elevate to the next level.  His timing is solid – now he needs to work on script selection.

3.  Mark Wahlberg – Wow, I really enjoy almost every film he has done – and I have seen them all.  Wahlberg has become an A-List actor over the last decade, and he continues to get better.  It’s just a matter of time before he is holding an Oscar.

2.  Denzel Washington – Simply superb.  Denzel never does anything poorly – even his bad films.  His ability to dominate the screen is unparalleled by any of his peers. Every role he tackles is convincing.

1.  Kevin Bacon – My favorite.  I just wish that he would work more often.  Bacon is such a talented guy; I cannot say that I have ever seen him in a bad movie.  And his ability to pull off all roles is excellent – while my preference is for him to be in dark films where he can play a ‘bad’ guy!

And there it is!!!! 

Give me your thoughts.  And let me knows who cracks your list.

Oh, and next week we’re talking college football as I offer up my ‘Top Ten Canes’ of All-time.  This one will be ‘All About The U’!!!

Thank you.

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Wrestlers From The 1980’s’

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Wrestlers From The 1980’s’

Ok, I am ready for the third installment of this series that hits “30-YOC” every Sunday night.

Going forward, there will be a slight twist – I am going to be adding a category of honorable mention to the list of Top 10.  Frankly, this process has been a lot of fun for me and as I think of new topics and then the contenders for those topics I am oftentimes coming up with more than 10 worthy selections.

So, without further ado – I bring to you – ‘Top Ten Wrestlers From The 1980’s’

To preface this list, I did a little homework and my list consists of guys that wrestled in the 1980’s or debuted during the 1980’s.  They may not have had their greatest successes or failures during that time, but I consider all of these guys as ‘Wrestlers Of The 80’s’

Honorable mention:  Junk Yard Dog, Van Vader, Scott Steiner, Tito Santana, Sting, and Rowdy Roddy Piper.

#10 – King Kong Bundy – Such a fun villain, he really embraced that role.  And while pretty limited from a technical standpoint, his forceful moves made him a fun main-eventer to cheer for or against.

#9 – Dusty Rhodes – Great on the microphone and fair in the ring, Dusty was around for twenty years prior to 1980, but he was still a very high profile talent whose ‘Atomic Elbow’ would knock you into next week.

#8 – Lex Luger – Luger had the greatest debut that I recall from my youth.  I had never seen so much attention paid to a newcomer like it was for Luger.  With a physique that was unmatched, if he had better skills on the mic, he could have been the best.

#7 – Hulk Hogan – As a kid, I wouldn’t consider myself a ‘Hulkamaniac’ but I absolutely respect everything he did to propel the popularity of the sport.  His in-ring presence and ability to control 20,000 people with his actions is unparalleled.

#6 – Arn Anderson – So underrated, Arn Anderson is one of the best technical wrestlers that I have ever seen.  Great in both singles and tag-team action, Anderson provided a great fight each and every time he entered the ring.  Always a bridesmaid, and never a bride, Anderson did not have the looks or personality to carry a heavyweight championship, but he definitely had the skill.

#5 – Ricky ‘The Dragon’ Steamboat – Like most kids, I took karate lessons as a youngster.  It was cool to see Ricky use some of the same moves I learned in his matches.  He was fun to watch, was great off the top rope, and had some very intense rivalries during his days.

#4 – Shawn Michaels – I have watched his entire career, from start to finish.  And while I was not a fan of his during his early years, Shawn Michaels became an incredibile performer.  His in-ring work got so good, you could tell that he was extremely dedicated to his craft.  His teaming with ‘Degenration X’ and rebelious ways made being a bad guy fun!

#3 – Bret Hart – Easily the best wrestler that I have ever seen.  His skills were sharp from the moment he entered the ring, it’s a shame that so much of his early years were spent in tag-team action against lesser competition.  Hart’s personality was not the best, but he was good enough on the mic to warrant lengthy title reigns.  And the fact that he competed well against opponents of all sizes is a true testament to his unsurpassed skill level.

#2 Ric Flair – The ‘Nature Boy’ had it all.  Tremendous in-ring skill, and the best performer when in front of the cameras.  He was the perfect bad-guy, and when I was watching him as a kid, he made being bad so much more fun than being good.  The confidence that Flair displayed in his talent took him a very long way – and when he got his Blond hair all bloody, it was priceless.

#1 Randy “Macho Man” Savage – I was captivated by Savage the first time I saw him on TV, and only part of it was due to Ms. Elizabeth.  When Savage would leap from the top rope and drop an elbow on his opponent, he soared!  A very skilled wrestler, and equally talented with the microphone in his hands, Randy Savage mixed in just the right amount of crazy that kept you on the edge of your seat.  From intense battles with Hogan, Flair, Steamboat, Warrior, and more, I cheered Savage like I cheered no one else.

Man, that was a blast.   At some point I will have to dig back into my memory bank and hit the 1990’s.

But for now, I will leave you with a glimpse into next week’s list – ‘Top Ten Actors’


’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Mustaches’

’30-YOC Top Tem Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Mustaches’

Here it is gang, the debut of my new series.  Each and every Sunday evening I will publish a new ‘Top Ten List’ for your reading pleasure.  And just like everything that I do at 30-YOC, each list will have a vibe that comes directly from the 1970s and 1980s.

So, without further ado, here is 30-YOCs ‘Top Ten Mustaches’:

#10 – Ron Burgundy – ‘Cannon Ball!!!!’

#9 – Rich ‘Goose’ Gossage – Gossage’s stache has been tested for its DNA.  The closest match?  The walrus!

#8 – Yosemite Sam – Classic cartoon mustache.

#7 – Richard Roundtree as ‘Shaft’ – Shaft’s mustache had magnetic powers 0 it drew in ‘the ladies’ from miles away.

#6 – Hulk Hogan – The Hulkster’s mustache trained, said it’s prayers, and took vitamins.  30+ years strong!!

#5 – Fu Man Chu – Hell, anyone(fictional or not) that has a mustache named after him has to make the list!!

#4 – Paul Teutel Sr. – Sr’s mustache can bench press more than me.  And you too!!

#3 – Rollie Fingers – Oh Rollie, my friend. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.  You’ve made mustaches so enjoyable…

#2 – Tom Selleck as ‘Magnum PI’ – When I asked my wife to name the first celebrity when I said mustache, she exclaimed ‘Magnum PI’.  I have to think that she is not the only woman who would answer that way…

#1 – Tyra Banks’ milk mustache.  Tyra back in the day – ‘Nuff Said!!!

Thanks for reading everyone  – I hope you enjoyed it.  And if you ever have any ideas for themes for my ‘Top Ten Lists’ please let me hear it.


New Feature Coming To 30-Year Old Cardboard: ’30-YOC TOP Ten Lists’

New Feature Coming To 30-Year Old Cardboard: ’30-YOC TOP Ten Lists’

I have been toying with this idea for a while now.  It’s about time that I put those thoughts into action.

Starting next Sunday, and every Sunday afterwards, I will post a ’30-YOC Top Ten List’.  The themes will range from sports to music to film to pop-culture to television.  I may even mix in a little wrasslin’ too.

But regardless of the topic, most of my ‘TopTen Lists’ will still have a 30-YOC feel as I try to go back to my youth and focus on topics that go well with the 1970’s and 1980’s.

The lists will be interactive too – feel free to submit comments about my lists, good or bad.  And if you want to see me offer up a specific theme for a future ‘Top Ten List’, ask away.

Mark your calendars, the ’30-YOC Top Ten List’ debuts next Sunday night.  Here’s a little hin as to what is in store for week #1…

’30-YOC’s Top Ten Mustaches’ – Trust me, this one will make you laugh!!!

See you next Sunday!!  🙂

Celebrity First Pitch – ‘The Top Ten’

Since the begining of July, I have brought you 39 different videos in my ‘Celebrity First Pitch’ series.  In that group, you have seen actors, presidents, singers, as well as former and current professional athletes take their shot at the ceremonial first pitch of a baseball game.

I am going to put this series to rest for a little while, but I thought today would be a perfect time to present the ‘Top 10’ to you for your viewing pleasure.

To get to this list, I conducted  a very non-sceintific analysis by reviewing the comments, page hits, and natural searches to wittle this list of 39 hopefuls to the ‘Top 10’.

So here they are – ‘The 30-Year Old Cardboard Celebrity First Pitch Top 10 Videos’!!!!  Enjoy.

10 – Homer Simpson – https://bapple2286.wordpress.com/2009/07/30/celebrity-first-pitch-homer-simpson/

9 – King Kong Bundy – https://bapple2286.wordpress.com/2009/08/08/celebrity-first-pitch-king-kong-bundy/

8 – Pau Gasol – https://bapple2286.wordpress.com/2009/07/09/celebrity-first-pitch-pau-gasol/

7 – Kevin Garnett – https://bapple2286.wordpress.com/2009/07/16/celebrity-first-pitch-kevin-garnett/

6 – Darth Vader – https://bapple2286.wordpress.com/2009/07/21/celebrity-first-pitch-darth-vader/

5 – Rey Mysterio Jr. – https://bapple2286.wordpress.com/2009/07/08/celebrity-first-pitch-rey-mysterio-jr/

4 – Shaquille O’neal – https://bapple2286.wordpress.com/2009/08/13/celebrity-first-pitch-%e2%80%93-shaquille-oneal/

3 – President George Bush – https://bapple2286.wordpress.com/2009/07/07/celebrity-first-pitch-president-george-w-bush/

2 – The Kardashian Ladies – https://bapple2286.wordpress.com/2009/08/07/celebrity-first-pitch-the-kardashian-ladies/

And now, the video that the readers enjoyed more than any other in this series….

1 – Mark Wahlberg – https://bapple2286.wordpress.com/2009/07/13/celebrity-first-pitch-mark-wahlberg/

Thank you for making this such a fun series.  I look forward to season 2 of ‘Celebrity First Pitch’ which should debut in the coming months!!!

Celebrity First Pitch – Cal Ripken Jr.

Possibly one of the greatest legends in the game.

Imagine showing up to a baseball game and the public address announcer says, “Here to throw out the first pitch in tonight’s game is Hall of Famer and baseball superstar, Cal Ripken, Jr.”.

Now that would be an awesome story to tell!!!

Celebrity First Pitch – Chewbacca

How often are you able to see a 7-foot tall Wookie throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the start of a baseball game??  That’s what I thought – not often at all!!

So if you get that kind of unique chance, you might as well go all out and see the most famous Wookie of them all…. 

Yep, Chewbacca!!!  Enjoy.

2 notable takes from this video.  #1 – I didn’t know ‘Chewy’ was a southpaw.  #2 – I cannot believe that Hans Solo is still with Princess Leah..  🙂

Celebrity First Pitch – The Michelin Man

 Who knew he had it in him??  And this whole time we thought he was just a cheap rip-off of the ‘Stay Puft Marshmallow Man’!!!

I think I counted 2 bounces before it reached the catcher.  2, maybe 3!!!