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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.

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Yoenis Cespedes

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Yoenis Cespedes

With the new 2013 Topps Archives baseball card set release, the ‘Mini Tallboys’ subset is easily one of the best parts of the issue.

The cards from this subset offer a very basic, but throwback feel that screams vintage. The set is 40 cards deep and offers a nice mixture of current players, stars from the 1980′s, and Hall of Fame legends.

This is the card of Yoenis Cespedes from the set:

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While Yoenis Cespedes may not have been a household name in the Bay Area prior to the 2013 Home Run Derby, the show he put on certainly elevated his status.

And now, as he enters his third big league season, it is time for him to take his game to the next level.  He needs to become an All-Star, chosen by the coaches.  He needs to launch 30+ home runs, and drive in 110+ RBI.  He needs to steal 25 bases and score 100 runs.  And he needs to see that the Oakland A’s surpasses the Texas Rangers, Seattle Mariners and LA Angels yet again.

It is time for Yoenis Cespedes to become more than just a 1-night star.  It is time for him to break out!

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’.

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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!!

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