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Happy Birthday Harold Baines!!!

Happy Birthday Harold Baines!!!

Harold Baines turns 54 years old today.

22 magnificent seasons, most of which were not held under the microscope of the big lights in a big city.

While Harold Baines played in some of the largest cities in the baseball world, he managed to escape national attention while still putting on consistent performances.

Baines’ numbers are extremely noteworthy, and his ability to deliver season after season is very evident by his impressive offensive stats.

Baines has a lifetime batting average of .289 alongside 2,866 hits.  He also has scored 1,299 runs, hit 384 home runs, and drove in 1,628 runs.  Baines was a 6-time All-Star and a 1-time Silver Slugger Award winner.

Happy Birthday Mr. Baines!!!

Happy Birthday Harold Baines!!!

Happy Birthday Harold Baines!!!

Harold Baines turns 53 years old today.

22 magnificent seasons, most of which were not held under the microscope of the big lights in a big city.

While Harold Baines played in some of the largest cities in the baseball world, he managed to escape national attention while still putting on consistent performances.

Baines’ numbers are extremely noteworthy, and his ability to deliver season after season is very evident by his impressive offensive stats.

Baines has a lifetime batting average of .289 alongside 2,866 hits.  He also has scored 1,299 runs, hit 384 home runs, and drove in 1,628 runs.  Baines was a 6-time All-Star and a 1-time Silver Slugger Award winner.

Happy Birthday Mr. Baines!!!

Hall Of Fame Debate: PICK ONE: Harold Baines OR Edgar Martinez

Hall Of Fame Debate: PICK ONE: Harold Baines OR Edgar Martinez

When the Hall of Fame made the announcement that their would be no modern players inducted into Cooperstown in 2013, I was not completely shocked.  I had read enough to understand that the BWAA voters were not all on the same page and that they were still split on whether players linked to PEDs should be in our out of the Hall of Fame. 

For me, the most alarming aspect of the vote was that certain players that I felt would easily get more votes than they did in prior years simply did not.  From Tim Raines to Lee Smith to Alan Trammell, I thought that these ‘clean’ guys would benefit from the votes not given to the more prolific and stat-packed players.

But, that did not happen.

Two of the guys that I thought would get big bumps in voting were Edgar Martinez and Harold Baines.  Both guys are supremely respected players, and are considered to be among the greatest designated hitters of all-time.

So, for this week’s debate, I thought I would put the two of them in a head-to-head battle for your vote.

I’m not saying that both deserve election.  And I am not saying that neither of them do.  What I am saying is, if you have to choose only one, which player’s resume stands out the most to you?  Who would you vote into the Hall of Fame if you had to choose between Harold Baines and Edgar Martinez??

First, let’s look at their numbers:

  Baines Martinez
Seasons 22 18
Games Played 2830 2,055
Hits 2,866 2,247
Doubles 488 514
Home Runs 384 309
Total Bases 4,604 3,718
RBI 1,628 1,261
Runs Scored 1,299 1,219
Batting Average 0.289 0.312
Batting Titles 2
On-Base % 0.356 0.418
20-HR seasons 12 7
30-HR seasons 0 1
100-RBI seasons 3 6
All-Star 6 7
Silver Slugger 1 5
MVP
Playoffs 6 4
World Series 0

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Ok, when you look at these numbers, it shows that both players were supreme hitters.  And they were both very good at their job.

But, which one is better?

Baines’ numbers are greater in many areas, but he also played for more seasons.  Martinez’s career is more compacted in length, but he offered more production per year during his prime.

So, who gets the vote?  Who gets your vote?

While Baines may have been the first, great full-time designated hitter, Edgar Martinez took the position to another level.   My vote goes to Martinez.  He won two batting titles and had a much higher on-base percentage than Baines.  And as a  professional hitter, those categories are very important.  And during his prime years, he was driving in runs at a rampant pace.  I also take into consideration the Silver Slugger awards – they are chosen by your peers, and with Martinez racking them up, it shows the respect that people had for his ability to do his job at the highest level.

And now that you have my vote, who ya got?? 

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Happy Birthday Harold Baines!!!

Happy Birthday Harold Baines!!!

Harold Baines turns 52 years old today.

22 magnificent seasons, most of which were not held under the microscope of the big lights in a big city.

While Harold Baines played in some of the largest cities in the baseball world, he managed to escape national attention while still putting on consistent performances.

Baines’ numbers are extremely noteworthy, and his ability to deliver season after season is very evident by his impressive offensive stats.

Baines has a lifetime batting average of .289 alongside 2,866 hits.  He also has scored 1,299 runs, hit 384 home runs, and drove in 1,628 runs.  Baines was a 6-time All-Star and a 1-time Silver Slugger Award winner.

Happy Birthday Mr. Baines!!!

Signing Results: MLB All-Star Harold Baines!!!

Signing Results:  MLB All-Star Harold Baines!!!

Finally, my baseball has been returned back to me – and signed perfectly!!

One of the active collectors that contributes to one of the autograph websites that I frequent was holding a private signing with the former All-Star player, and I eagerly signed up to take part.

Executed to perfection, and handled personally and professionally, this signing was as smooth as it gets.

And now, on to the results…

Another fantastically signed baseball for my collection:

And just in case you cannot make out the inscription, here is a better look:

For the inscription, I wanted something different, so I opted for ‘1977 #1 Draft Pick’.  Baines put it on the side-panel, and while I would prefer it under his auto on the sweet-spot, I cannot be too upset, because the auto fills up the sweet-spot pretty well.

Harold Baines has a unique auto – certainly not the first name I would attach to this signature, but very unique and artsy.

A great addition to my collection.

Thank you Mr. Baines!!!

’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.

Happy Birthday Harold Baines!!!

Happy Birthday Harold Baines!!!

Harold Baines turns 52 years old today.

22 magnificent seasons, most of which were not held under the microscope of the big lights in a big city.

While Harold Baines played in some of the largest cities in the baseball world, he managed to escape national attention while still putting on consistent performances.

Baines’ numbers are extremely noteworthy, and his ability to deliver season after season is very evident by his impressive offensive stats.

Baines has a lifetime batting average of .289 alongside 2,866 hits.  He also has scored 1,299 runs, hit 384 home runs, and drove in 1,628 runs.  Baines was a 6-time All-Star and a 1-time Silver Slugger Award winner.

Happy Birthday Mr. Baines!!!

Did You Know…

Dave Winfield and Harold Baines are the only players to knock in 100 runs in a season after they turned 40 years old.  Winfield drove in 108 runs for the 1992 Toronto Blue Jays.  Baines knocked in 103 runs in 1999, getting 81 RBI in 107 games with Baltimore and 22 more in 28 games after being traded to Cleveland.  Paul Molitor(1996) and Barry Bonds(2004) each drove in 100 runs during the season in which they turned 40.

**factoid courtesy of ‘Big League Trivia’

My Take – Pretty astounding when you start to think of all of the players that played into their 40’s…

‘On The Road With psugator02’ – March 29, 2010

March 29, 2010

Giants workout
7-11 a.m.
Scottsdale, Ariz.

Mike Krukow: 2/2 (cards)…Guy arrived at 7:30 to drop off some stuff for the truck that was headed back to San Francisco. I had a blue Sharpie in hand but “I’m not signing those cards in Dodger blue.” LOL. great dude
Andres Torres: 1/1 (card)….Giants’ staff was loading stuff so graphers were forced to stand even farther away from the clubhouse door. Torres, however, walked through the aforementioned mess and was very cool
Tim Flannery: 2/2 (cards)…I yelled at him as he was about to get on the bus and he actually walked over
Tim Lincecum: 0/1…his mother left a few minutes before Tim and as she drove by she rolled down her window and said, “Timmy is in a hurry and won’t be signing today.”
Edgar Renteria: 2/2 (SI, Marlins’ program that already had Charles Johnson done)….I got his attention as he was walking from the field to the batting cage. “Can you do one for a huge Marlins’ fan?” Renteria smiled at me and I thought he was going to do it. But then all of a sudden he disappeared. Then I hear a distant voice say, “Over here.” I followed the voice and realized that Renteria had walked up a flight of stairs inside the batting cage to sign for me…I didn’t see him sign for anyone else
Aubrey Huff: 2/3 (5×7 Rays’ promo cards)…I purposely left my Ginters at home because the guy simply never signs. But I started making small talk with him while he was shagging balls in the outfield, asking him whether he missed Fort Lauderdale, etc. Huff was shouting his answers back at me and finally walked over toward me to retrieve a batted ball. When he did I shouted, “Are you still the hardest autograph in baseball?” He laughed and promptly signed…..I never thought I would say this but this dude is awesome. I think he just likes the change of scenerey. After all, Scottsdale is heaven compared to Fort Lauderdale
Madison Bumgarner: 3/3 (8x10s)…Seemed that players had to report by 9 a.m., leaving me idle for an hour since the main stadium didn’t open until 10. So I high-tailed it over to the minor-league complex which is only a few minutes away. I couldn’t have gotten more lucky. I waited only 10 minutes before Madison walked by me and signed.
Joe Martinez: 0/1 …colin from this board chased Joe and had him 1-on-1 but, oddly enough, he turned him down. JOE MARTINEZ!!!???? I chose not to chase him even though he has Ginters. I guess I made the right decision
Dave Righetti: 1/1…I shouted his name as he was getting on the bus but he wouldn’t acknowledge me. I showed the picture to Sergio Romo, who had walked over and was starting to sign. Romo walked on the bus with the pic and showed it to Righetti, who signed it and gave it back to Romo. It’s a picture of Righetti, Ron Guidry, and Tommy John, and I already had the latter two done.
Steve Holm: 1/4 (’09 Ginter)…..said he would do it when he was done with BP and that’s exactly what he did
Barry Zito: 2/2 (Ginters), 1/1 (SS, ROMLB)…though he purposely gave me a light graph and refused to inscribe. Maybe he acted this way because I double-dipped?

1:30-3:30 p.m.
Rockies at Rangers
Surprise, Ariz.

Left Scottsdale at a little after 11, stopped at In-n-Out Burger, then made my way to Surprise for Rockies-Rangers. I needed Olivo on an ’06 Marlins’ team photo. Also needed Melvin Mora on an 8×10 with Miguel Tejada and Brian Robers that was already signed by the latter.

Melvin Mora: 1/1 (dual 8×10)….Old guy next to me was shadowing Mora the whole game so there was no way that I was going to miss him
Miguel Olivo: 0/1 he was one of the reasons I made the trip yet I somehow missed him.
Nolan Ryan: 0/1 …the usher yesterday said that he was going to sign today yet he wouldn’t do it. When I heard in the third inning that he wasn’t going to sign behind the concourse I decided that I was going to have to be creative if I wanted to get him. So I sat in the seat behind home plate that is nearest the field exit, thinking that Ryan would exit this way like he had done yesterday. Sure enough, in about the 9th he left through the on-field entrance/exit. Leaning over as far as I could, I got his attention and was 1-on-1 with him yet he wouldn’t do it.
Vladimir Guerrero: 0/1…he posed with a baby for a pic and I really thought he was going to do it.

As soon as Ryan turned me down I high-tailed it to Glendale for the night game between the Angels and White Sox.

Carlos Quentin: 1/1 (’09 Ginter)
Mark Teahen: 1/1, 1/1 (’08 Ginters)…showed him that he smeared the first one so he kindly did another
Paul Konerko: 0/1, 0/1, 0/1, 0/1, 1/1 (’08 Ginter state card)…..was signing for every little kid in the stadium before the game, turning me down in the process. I finally said, “Hey dude, I’m a collector and these cards are for my set. How about signing one of them?” He finally took my card and as he signed it I told him that I was a teacher and that I was in town for spring break. Said Konerko: “At least you’re honest.” Not really sure what he meant by that.
Juan Pierre: 1/1 (’08 Ginter)…shouted questions at Pierre as he was in the outfield stretching. He shouted his answers back at me. When he finally came over to sign I peppered him with more questions, though he wasn’t too forthcoming with info. Pierre said he still lives in Parkland, which is only a few minutes from me. He also said that he spoke to Dontrelle Willis just a few days ago.
Harold Baines: 1/2 (card)…kicking myself because I would’ve preferred him to sign the old-school 5×7 that I accidentally left in the car
John Danks: 2/2 (’09 Ginters)….one of the nicest guys on the team….told him that he pitches a gem every time I see one of his starts. He then said he needs to buy me a ticket so I can follow him around the country. LOL
Jake Peavy: 1/1 (SS, ROMLB)….stayed until the bottom of the 6th before leaving the stadium for the player parking lot. We arrived as Peavy was signing for two little kids. He couldn’t have been cooler, though he wouldn’t inscribe anything. “I signed my life away and can no longer do(inscriptions),” Peavy said. I probably could’ve gotten multiples because the little boy standing next to me got four.
Mark Teahen: 1/1 (’08 Ginter) on the field before the game, 0/1 in the parking lot after the game….I was one of only two graphers waiting at the parking lot after the game. But I hesitated to find Teahen’s card, which gave him an opening. “I’ll get you tomorrow,” Teahen said. In such a hurry that he couldn’t wait five seconds?
Gordon Beckham: 0/1 whle in his car after the game
Andruw Jones: 0/1…while on the field after the game

Not exactly the guys I wanted but the quantity wins out so I’ll consider it productive. Another double-dip tomorrow: A’s at White Sox in the day game followed by Indians at Royals in the night game.

If you would like to contact Mark, he can be reached at psugator02@yahoo.com.

My 1985 Topps #1 Draft Pick Subset Is Complete!!!

Finally!!!

It took a little longer than I had expected, but I have completed my 1985 Topps #1 Draft Pick subset.  I posted each card individually for you with some insight as to how these guys and their professional careers panned out.  Some were impressive while others did not get the job done…

And even though the ranking of #1 pick connotes greatness, it is very obvious that it takes a very rare player to meet or exceed the expectations of this title.  Of this group of players, only 2 met the expectations – Darryl Strawberry and Harold Baines.  Each had very impressive careers, and were multiple time All-stars.  Of the remaining guys, Shawon Dunston, Bob Horner, and Mike Moore also fared pretty well in the majors yet fell short of what is expected of a player selected first in their draft class.  The rest of the guys may have shown flashes of greatness from time to time, but were definitely not able to achieve what was expected of them.

Here is the complete set:

Draft Set Complete 1

Draft Set Complete 2

And now that this subset is complete, I am ready to take on the next one!!  I have a few ideas…. Stay tuned!!!