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Happy Birthday George Bell!!!

Happy Birthday George Bell!!!

George Bell turns 55 years old today.

One of the sport’s biggest sluggers during the late 1980’s, George Bell was a hitting machine during his time with the Toronto Blue Jays.

Seen primarily as a slugger, Bell did have a knack for delivering the longball and driving in runs, but he was also a very talented contact hitter.  During his playing days, Bell amassed 1,702 career hits along with a batting average of .278.  He won three Silver Slugger awards and had two seasons (1986 & 1987) in which he batted above .300.

As for his power numbers, Bell crushed 265 homers in 12 seasons while also driving in 1,002 runs.  His numbers were so impressive in 1987 that he won the AL MVP award.  The numbers from that year were unreal – .308/47/134.

George Bell was a 3-time All-Star.  He competed in the postseason twice, but never advanced to the World Series.

Happy Birthday Mr. Bell!!!

Did You Know…

Toronto’s George Bell set a major league record by hitting three home runs on Opening Day of the 1988 baseball season.  Bell connected for homers in the 2nd, 4th, and 8th innings.  All three came against Royals’ starting pitcher Bret Saberhagen.

Bell amassed 4 RBI on the day, and the Blue Jays won the game by a score of 5-3.

1988 score george bell

Happy Birthday George Bell!!!

Happy Birthday George Bell!!!

George Bell turns 54 years old today.

One of the sport’s biggest sluggers during the late 1980’s, George Bell was a hitting machine during his time with the Toronto Blue Jays.

Seen primarily as a slugger, Bell did have a knack for delivering the longball and driving in runs, but he was also a very talented contact hitter.  During his playing days, Bell amassed 1,702 career hits along with a batting average of .278.  He won three Silver Slugger awards and had two seasons (1986 & 1987) in which he batted above .300.

As for his power numbers, Bell crushed 265 homers in 12 seasons while also driving in 1,002 runs.  His numbers were so impressive in 1987 that he won the AL MVP award.  The numbers from that year were unreal – .308/47/134.

George Bell was a 3-time All-Star.  He competed in the postseason twice, but never advanced to the World Series.

Happy Birthday Mr. Bell!!!

Happy Birthday George Bell!!!

Happy Birthday George Bell!!!

George Bell turns 53 years old today.

One of the sport’s biggest sluggers during the late 1980’s, George Bell was a hitting machine during his time with the Toronto Blue Jays.

Seen primarily as a slugger, Bell did have a knack for delivering the longball and driving in runs, but he was also a very talented contact hitter.  During his playing days, Bell amassed 1,702 career hits along with a batting average of .278.  He won three Silver Slugger awards and had two seasons (1986 & 1987) in which he batted above .300.

As for his power numbers, Bell crushed 265 homers in 12 seasons while also driving in 1,002 runs.  His numbers were so impressive in 1987 that he won the AL MVP award.  The numbers from that year were unreal – .308/47/134.

George Bell was a 3-time All-Star.  He competed in the postseason twice, but never advanced to the World Series.

Happy Birthday Mr. Bell!!!

Happy Birthday George Bell!!!

Happy Birthday George Bell!!!

George Bell turns 52 years old today.

One of the sport’s biggest sluggers during the late 1980’s, George Bell was a hitting machine during his time with the Toronto Blue Jays.

Seen primarily as a slugger, Bell did have a knack for delivering the longball and driving in runs, but he was also a very talented contact hitter.  During his playing days, Bell amassed 1,702 career hits along with a batting average of .278.  He won three Silver Slugger awards and had two seasons (1986 & 1987) in which he batted above .300.

As for his power numbers, Bell crushed 265 homers in 12 seasons while also driving in 1,002 runs.  His numbers were so impressive in 1987 that he won the AL MVP award.  The numbers from that year were unreal – .308/47/134.

George Bell was a 3-time All-Star.  He competed in the postseason twice, but never advanced to the World Series.

Happy Birthday Mr. Bell!!!

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Forgotten Stars Of The 1980s’

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Forgotten Stars Of The 1980s’

I had such a good time, and judging by the reader reaction so did you, working on and writing my ‘Top Ten List’ from last week that I wanted to extend the same subject into the 1980’s.

So, that is this week’s theme – ‘Top Ten Forgotten Stars Of The 1980s’.

Again, like last week, you will not find any Hall of Fame players, although there are several that I think deserve more credit in the overall scheme of things.

You will also not find players that still get a lot of attention in the sport and hobby – Don Mattingly, Dale Murphy, Fred McGriff, Cecil Fielder, Eric Davis, etc.

What you will find is a list of players that I really enjoyed watching during their primes.

Are you ready?  Let’s do this!!!

Honorable Mention – Andy VanSlyke, Ruben Sierra, Todd Worrell, Chili Davis, Pedro Guerrero, Willie Wilson, John Franco, and Gary Gaetti.

10 – George Bell.  You can call him George or Jorge or ‘Liberty’, but you better add ‘slugger’ too.  One of the decades best home run hitters, Bell was an offensive machine.  The producer of home runs, RBI, and high batting average led Bell to receive 3 All-Star selections, 3 Silver Slugger Awards and the 1987 AL MVP.

9 – Lance Parrish.  Parrish was the core of the Detroit Tigers for most of the early-to-mid 1980’s.  His skill both at the plate and behind it helped make him a perennial All-Star selection.  Parrish is also a 6-time Silver Slugger winner and has 3 Gold Gloves.

8 – Mike Greenwell.  While there may have been other ‘big’ names in Boston that got national attention, if you ask any Red Sox fan from that era, they will tell you that Mike Greenwell was a key contributor to the team’s success.  Greenwell played 12 years for the Sox and retired with a .303 batting average, which included 7 seasons above the .300 mark.  Greenwell was a 2-time All-Star and runner-up for the MVP award in 1988.

7 – Kent Hrbek.  The anchor of the Twins’ offense and defense, Hrbek played 14 solid seasons with the Twins.  A 2-time World Series champion, he hit 293 home runs during his career while driving in 1,086.  Hrbek was the runner up for the ROY in 1982 and MVP in 1984.

6 – Rick Sutcliffe.  An old-school pitcher that was probably a decade or two late to the game, Sutcliffe embodied the ‘mean’ approach that made several pitchers legends in the 1960s.  Used as both a starter and reliever during his playing days, Sutcliffe retired with a 171-139 record.  He was the Rookie of the Year in 1979 and won the 1984 Cy Young Award with his 20-6 record, 9 complete games, and 213 strikeouts.

5 – Harold Baines.  A 22-season veteran, Baines racked up some very impressive stats during his playing days.  A lifetime .289 hitter, Baines collected 2,866 hits.  He also had a knack for power and run production – 48 doubles, 384 home runs, 1,299 runs scored, and 1,628 RBI.  Baines was a 6-time All-Star.

4 – Willie McGee.  Talk about a perfect for a team..  Willie McGee brought the Cardinals instant offense as a rookie in 1982.  In fact, the 23-year old played a large role in the Cardinals World Series win that season.  In 1985 McGee was unreal – .353 batting average, 216 hits, 56 stolen bases, 114 runs scored, 86 RBI, a batting title, All-Star selection, Gold Glove, Silver Slugger, and MVP!!  In total, McGee was a 4-time All-Star, 3-time Gold Glove winner, and one of the most popular Cardinals in team history.

3 – Tim Raines.  Quite possibly the second best lead-off hitter of the last fifty years, there was nothing Tim Raines could not do on a baseball diamond.  He stole 808 bases during his career, scored 1,571 runs, and has a lifetime batting average of .294.  Raines was a 7-time All-Star and has 5 finishes in the Top 12 for the MVP.

2 – Lee Smith.  Smith ranks in 3rd place on the all-time saves list, and he will not give up that spot any time soon.  He ranks ahead of every Hall of Famer to ever be tagged as a ‘closer’.  Smith played in 18 big league seasons, accumulating 478 saves along the way.  Smith reached the post-season only twice, which translates to his role being even more important as we was closing games for teams that were not very competitive.

1 – Jack Morris.  Morris pitched in the majors for 18 seasons.  He won more game than any other pitcher in the 1980s, totalling 254 wins for his career.  He has 3 20-win seasons under his belt and an impressive 7 finishes in the Top 9 for the Cy Young award.  Morris competed in 3 World Series match-ups, winning all three – for three different teams.  He won the 1991 World Series MVP, and finished his post-season career with a 4-2 record.

And there it is.  I’m a bit exhausted, but that was a lot of fun too!!!

Do you think that I missed anyone?  Are my rankings appropriate?  Let me hear it!!!

And for the record – on this list, numbers 3,2,and 1 all deserve to be in the Hall of Fame.  Just my opinion…

Thanks for reading.

1988 Fleer Superstar Specials – Card #623 – George Bell & Pedro Guerrero

1988 Fleer Superstar Specials – Card #623 – George Bell & Pedro Guerrero

“Dominican Dynamite”

The Blue Jays’ George Bell and the Dodgers’ Pedro Guerrero obviously have many things in common on the baseball field.  They are two of baseball’s most feared batters.  But the most powerful bond is over their heritage – they were both born in San Pedro De Macaris in the Dominican Republic.

Bell had another outstanding season in 1987.  He batted .308, set career highs with 47 home runs, 111 runs scored, and a league leading 134 RBIs.  He also ranked second in the American League in slugging percentage, sixth in hits, second in runs scored, and fourth in game-winning RBIs.

Guerrero put his injury plagued 1986 season behind him last year, batting .338, 2nd best in the National League.  Pedro was by far the Dodgers most productive hitter.  He led the team with 27 home runs, 89 RBIs, 89 runs scored, 11 game-winning RBIs, and 156 games played.

While Bell and Guerrero have achieved glory in the United States, they remain loyal to their roots.  Both reside in the Dominican Republic during the off-season.

23 years later – I have fond memories of watching both of these sluggers crush baseballs out multiple stadiums.  Bell was as powerful of a hitter as there was in the mid-to-late 1980’s and he was the lone reason that people paid attention to the Blue Jays.  Pedro Guerrero was a monster at the plate.  And with the power numbers that he achieved, it was astonishing to see  that he was also one of the most capable hitters for average in the NL.

1989 Topps Record Breakers – SET IS COMPLETE!!!

1989 Topps Record Breakers – SET IS COMPLETE!!!

Well, that was nice and easy, huh?

And while it took very little effort to complete, I have to say that this is one of my favorites so far.  Why?  Because this specific subset features some of ’30-YOC’s’ favorite players – from Gary Carter to Wae Boggs to Orel Hershiser and of course, Mr. Andre Dawson!!!

And because this one includes so many of the players that I collect, I really only needed to grab the three ‘other’ guys because I already had doubles of the four that I have built collections of.

So, here it is in its completed state:

The 1989 Topps Record Breakers Set!

Enjoy!!!

1989 Topps Record Breakers – Card #1 – George Bell

1989 Topps Record Breakers – Card #1 – George Bell

Headline – “George Bell Slams 3 HR On Opening Day”

The Story – Kansas City, Mo, April 4, 1988.  Blue Jays’ George Bell today set major league record with 3 home runs on Opening Day in 5-3 win versus Royals.  The former mark of 2 round-trippers in season’s first contest had been accomplished 48 times by 42 players. 

My take – As a kid, my magic number was 10.  The first big leaguer to get to 10 home runs was going to be collected.  And while that little milestone helped me in some years(McGwire in 1987), it hurt me in many others too.  But Bell was off to a fantastic starts with 3 dingers on Opening Day back in 1988!!  And if I recall correctly, I picked up a few rookies of ‘Jorge’ around that time as well…

Next Subset To Build – 1989 Topps Record Breakers!!!

Next Subset To Build – 1989 Topps Record Breakers!!!

Oh Yeah Baby!!!

It’s time to piece together another subset from the 1980’s.  This one comes from the 1989 Topps set, and recalls the records that were broken in during the 1988 baseball season.

There are some great players and cards in this set and I cannot wait to get started showing it off for you.

Get ready, card #1 debuts next Monday!

Enjoy!!!