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Joe Mauer 2012 Topps Archives Deckle Edge

Joe Mauer 2012 Topps Archives Deckle Edge

Finally!

It took me a very, very long time to obtain this card – for the price that I was seeking…

Amazingly, I pulled this card from a retail blaster of Archives when the 2012 set was issued last year.  Well, I had given that card up to a fellow collector and reader of the site.  Now, I have obtained a new copy of the card for myself and my subset.

MAUER DECKLE

I will not let this one get away!!!

Did You Know…

There are only two catchers in the history of major league baseball to capture batting titles – Ernie Lombardi in 1938 with a .342 average and 1942 with a .330 average and Joe Mauer in 2006 (.347), 2008 (.328), and 2009 (.365).

’30-YOC Top Ten’ – Top 10 Disappointments From The 2011 Baseball Season

’30-YOC Top Ten’ – Top 10 Disappointments From The 2011 Baseball Season

Ok, so last week I gave you my ‘Top Ten Surprises’ from the 2011 baseball season.  Sadly, for every hero that emerged, there was one that fell off…

Tonight it is all about the guys that did not live up to their hype.  The guys that may have been at the mountaintops, and are now looking up.

Ready?   Let’s Go!!!

Honorable Mention – Albert Pujols, Chase Utley, Chris Coghlan, Roy Oswalt, AJ Burnett, Ricky Nolasco, Joe Mauer, Tim Lincecum, Carl Crawford, and Justin Morneau.

10 – San Francisco Giants.  The Giants finished the season 86-76 and in second place in their division.  Lacking the dominance from Tim Lincecum as well as not having Buster Posey in their lineup really hurt the team’s chances of defending their championship.

9 – Alex Rodriguez.  Playing in only 99 games due to multiple injuries, A-Rod only connected for 16 home runs and 62 RBI, both well below his normal numbers.  His .276 batting average is 26 points below his career average.

8 – Jason Heyward.  Heyward batted just .227 on the season and never found his stroke.  Connecting for 14 home runs and only 42 RBI, Heyward was shuffled into several spots of the batting order and never established consistency at the plate.

7 – Hanley Ramirez.  Hanley played in just 92 games this season, one in which he missed almost 70 games.  His .243 batting average is 63 lower than his career average.  Hanley’s 10 home runs and 45 RBI are both career lows.

6 – Matt Garza.  With the chance of being the Cubs’ ace on the line, Garza was average at best.  Going 10-10 with 31 starts, Garza threw 198 innings and compiled a 3.32 ERA. 

5 – Jayson Werth.  After signing a blockbuster deal in the off-season, Werth was pretty bad in his debut season with the Nationals.  His .232 batting average was 64 points off his number from 2010.  And his 58 RBI was his lowest in the last 5 seasons.

4 – Ichiro.  2011 was definitely a down year for Ichiro.  It was the first season in which he did not collect 200 hits; he had just 184.  His .272 batting average is 58 points below his career number, and also marks the first time he hit under .300 in his career.

3 – Adam Dunn.  Dunn had a horrible season batting .159, 101 points lower than his 2010 average.  Dunn connected for just 11 home runs and 42 RBI, well off of his 30+/100+ averages.

2 – Josh Johnson.  Johnson enters each season being touted as one of the NL’s best talents.  And each year he fails to stay healthy enough to pitch an entire campaign.  Starting just 9 games in 2011, JJ was 3-1 with a 1.64 ERA.  He pitched just 60 innings during the year.

1 – Boston Red Sox.  The most hyped and predicted World Series contender that we have seen over the last few years, the Red Sox crumbled right before our eyes.  Of their 2 major off-season acquisitions, 1 was extremely successful and 1 was horrible.  The team that most people picked to compete for a World Series had one of the most horrible and public collapses in major league baseball history.

No real surprise at #1, huh??

Tell me what you think of the other on my list.  Did I miss anyone or anything that you think should have been there??

Thanks for reading.

Did You Know…

Jimmie Foxx won three batting titles(1932, 1933, and 1938) and also won the American League MVP award each of those years.  By contrast, Ted Williams won seven batting titles, including titles in 1942 and 1947 when he won the Triple Crown, but his MVP awards came in 1946 and 1949 – years in which he did not win the batting title.  Williams finished second in the MVP voting four times in the seven years in which he won batting titles.

**factoid courtesy of ‘Big League Trivia’

My Take –  I think that one of the things I admire most about players from prior generations was their desire to be and remain best.  That desire carried into the 1990’s with hitters like Boggs, Gwynn, Mattingly, and others, but it is rare for there to be as steady of a stream of solid hitters in today’s game.  And that is probably why I value the play of Joe Mauer and Ichicro today…

And The Contest Winner Is..

… Dave R  from the blog ‘Dinks And Dunks’!!!!

Here is how the scoring broke down:

Tim – Andrew Bailey, Andrew McCutchen, Zack Greinke, Chris Carpenter, Joe Mauer, Derek Jeter(2nd), Albert Pujols, Chase Utley(2nd)  8

WickedOrtega – Matt Wieters, Chris Coghlan, Zack Greinke, Chris Carpenter, Joe Mauer, Ben Zobrist(2nd), Albert Pujols, Hanley Ramirez(2nd)  9

Jordan – Matt Wieters, JA Happ, Zack Grienke, Chris Carpenter, Joe Mauer, Derek Jeter(2nd), Albert Pujols, Raul Ibanez(2nd)  6

Dan – Andrew Bailey, JA Happ, Zack Greinke, Adam Wainwright, Joe Mauer, Mark Teixeira(2nd), Albert Pujols, Ryan Howard(2nd)  9

Charles Beatley – Andrew Bailey, Chris Coghlan, Felix Hernandez, Adam Wainright, Derek Jeter, Joe Mauer(2nd), Albert Pujols, Ryan Howard(2nd)  6

unclemoe – Andrew Bailey, Chris Coghlan, Felix Hernandez, Tim Lincecum, Joe Mauer, Mark Teixeira(2nd), Albert Pujols, Ryan Howard(2nd)   11

Dave R – Andrew Bailey, Chris Coghlan, Zack Greinke, Tim Lincecum, Joe Mauer, Mark Teixeira(2nd), Albert Pujols, Ryan Howard(2nd)    13

BroadStreetBully – Gordon Beckham, JA Happ, Zack Greinke, Chris Carpenter, Joe Mauer, Mark Teixeira(2nd),  Albert Pujols, Prince Fielder(2nd)  7

Congratulations Dave!!!  With a score of 13 out of a possible 14 points you aced this years ‘Pick the Award Winners’ contest!!!

Please send me your mailing address so I can get your prize out to you.

Oh, and just in case you were wondering, I did very well predicting the Award winners too.  A perfect 14 our of 14 for ’30-YOC’!!!!  Too Sweet!!!!

Joe Mauer & Joe Nathan ‘Take It Outside’

A pretty entertaining commercial featuring 2 of the Minnesota Twins best player – Joe Mauer & Joe Nathan!

‘Take It Outside’ guys…  Enjoy!!

Spring Training Review – Twins VS Orioles

Man, it was hot at the game yesterday.  The sunburn on my arms is going to last for some time…

I wanted to go see the Twins for a few reasons.  I had been reading quite a bit that most of the Twins legends had been at their Spring camps, but I wasn’t sure if any of them traveled to away game with the team.  I was hoping to see Rod Carew, Paul Molitor, Terry Steinbach, Dan Gladden, and hopefully a few others.  Well, the answer is no, they do not travel with the team, at least not to Ft. Lauderdale.

So as for autographs, I walked away with 0.  This was by plan though as I don’t have any cards of any of the current players or coaches for either they Twins or Orioles.  Many of them signed, and I could have walked away with at least 12-15 autographs, but many of the players that the Twins brought down that signed for the fans were non-roster guys.  With Justin Morneau playing in the WBC and Joe Mauer rehabbing an injruy, the biggest stars that Minnesota brought down were Joe Nathan, Joe Crede, and Michael Cuddyer.  Of the 3, Nathan signed a few, but I did not see Crede or ‘Cuddy’ pick up a pen all afternoon.

Here are a few of the sights from the game: 

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 The Twins players preparing to take the filed for practice.

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 Ryan Freel getting ready to sign some autographs.  The Orioles are great with their fans – most of their players signed along that line prior to the game starting.

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 Joe Crede at the plate!

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 Former Phillies All-star Juan Samuel and Twins player Joe Crede exchanging pleasantries in between innings.

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New Twins player Carlos Gomez at bat.