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Happy Birthday Kenny Lofton!!!

Happy Birthday Kenny Lofton!!!

Baseball great Kenny Lofton turns 47 years old today.

One of the most underrated players from his era, Kenny Lofton was a throwback-type of player that oftentimes reminded you of the players from the generation prior to his. With lightening fast speed and great defensive skills, Lofton enjoyed a wonderful 17-season career.

Lofton was the kind of player that every team needs on their roster. A guy that can do it all, and will make the same level of effort when playing for a first place team with a 10-game divisional lead as he would for a last place team 20 games behind in the standings. Lofton’s desire to win and help his team was unmeasurable. And along the way, he racked up some very impressive career statistics.

A lifetime .299 hitter, Kenny Lofton finished his career with 2,428 hits. He also captured 781 RBI, 1,528 runs scored, and an amazing on-base percentage of .372. He currently ranks 15th all-time with 622 stolen bases. When it comes to recognition around the league, Lofton tallied 6 All-star appearances and 4 Gold Glove awards.

In total, Kenny Lofton played for 11 different teams over the course of his career. Of his 17 seasons, 10 were with the Cleveland Indians. For his birthday I would like to give Lofton a little more appreciation. Let’s give him a career with just 1 team and make him an everyday player. Had that occurred, I think we could be looking at another member of the 3,000 hits club and possibly just the second guy to break the 1,000 steals mark.

Happy Birthday Mr. Lofton!!!

Happy Birthday Kenny Lofton!!!

Happy Birthday Kenny Lofton!!!

Baseball great Kenny Lofton turns 46 years old today.

One of the most underrated players from his era, Kenny Lofton was a throwback-type of player that oftentimes reminded you of the players from the generation prior to his. With lightening fast speed and great defensive skills, Lofton enjoyed a wonderful 17-season career.

Lofton was the kind of player that every team needs on their roster. A guy that can do it all, and will make the same level of effort when playing for a first place team with a 10-game divisional lead as he would for a last place team 20 games behind in the standings. Lofton’s desire to win and help his team was unmeasurable. And along the way, he racked up some very impressive career statistics.

A lifetime .299 hitter, Kenny lofton finished his career with 2,428 hits. He also captured 781 RBI, 1,528 runs scored, and an amazing on-base percentage of .372. He currently ranks 15th all-time with 622 stolen bases. When it comes to recognition around the league, Lofton tallied 6 All-star appearances and 4 Gold Glove awards.

In total, Kenny Lofton played for 11 different teams over the course of his career. Of his 17 seasons, 10 were with the Cleveland Indians. For his birthday I would like to give Lofton a little more appreciation. Let’s give him a career with just 1 team and make him an everyday player. Had that occurred, I think we could be looking at another member of the 3,000 hits club and possibly just the second guy to break the 1,000 steals mark.

Happy Birthday Mr. Lofton!!!

Happy Birthday Kenny Lofton!!!

Happy Birthday Kenny Lofton!!!

Baseball great Kenny Lofton turns 45 years old today.

One of the most underrated players from his era, Kenny Lofton was a throwback-type of player that oftentimes reminded you of the players from the generation prior to his.  With lightening fast speed and great defensive skills, Lofton enjoyed a wonderful 17-season career.

Lofton was the kind of player that every team needs on their roster.  A guy that can do it all, and will make the same level of effort when playing for a first place team with a 10-game divisional lead as he would for a last place team 20 games behind in the standings.  Lofton’s desire to win and help his team was unmeasurable.   And along the way, he racked up some very impressive career statistics.

A lifetime .299 hitter, Kenny lofton finished his career with 2,428 hits.  He also captured 781 RBI, 1,528 runs scored, and an amazing on-base percentage of .372.  He currently ranks 15th all-time with 622 stolen bases.  When it comes to recognition around the league, Lofton tallied 6 All-star appearances and 4 Gold Glove awards.

In total, Kenny Lofton played for 11 different teams over the course of his career.  Of his 17 seasons, 10 were with the Cleveland Indians.  For his birthday I would like to give Lofton a little more appreciation.  Let’s give him a career with just 1 team and make him an everyday player.  Had that occurred, I think we could be looking at another member of the 3,000 hits club and possibly just the second guy to break the 1,000 steals mark.

Happy Birthday Mr. Lofton!!!

My First Time – Kenny Lofton – September 14, 1991

My First Time – Kenny Lofton – September 14, 1991

The Setting – Riverfront Stadium.  Cincinnati, OH

From Lofton – ‘I got the call and the team was in Cincinnati which was good for me since I had family there and close by in Chicago too.  It was a good game for me – I went 3-for-4, and I guess it was all downhill from there.’

The Boxscore – Astros 7, Reds 3.  Lofton goes 3-for-4 with 3 runs scored.

Happy Birthday Kenny Lofton!!!

Happy Birthday Kenny Lofton!!!

Baseball great Kenny Lofton turns 44 years old today.

One of the most underrated players from his era, Kenny Lofton was a throwback-type of player that oftentimes reminded you of the players from the generation prior to his.  With lightening fast speed and great defensive skills, Lofton enjoyed a wonderful 17-season career.

Lofton was the kind of player that every team needs on their roster.  A guy that can do it all, and will make the same level of effort when playing for a first place team with a 10-game divisional lead as he would for a last place team 20 games behind in the standings.  Lofton’s desire to win and help his team was unmeasurable.   And along the way, he racked up some very impressive career statistics.

A lifetime .299 hitter, Kenny lofton finished his career with 2,428 hits.  He also captured 781 RBI, 1,528 runs scored, and an amazing on-base percentage of .372.  He currently ranks 15th all-time with 622 stolen bases.  When it comes to recognition around the league, Lofton tallied 6 All-star appearances and 4 Gold Glove awards.

In total, Kenny Lofton played for 11 different teams over the course of his career.  Of his 17 seasons, 10 were with the Cleveland Indians.  For his birthday I would like to give Lofton a little more appreciation.  Let’s give him a career with just 1 team and make him an everyday player.  Had that occurred, I think we could be looking at another member of the 3,000 hits club and possibly just the second guy to break the 1,000 steals mark.

Happy Birthday Mr. Lofton!!!

Happy Birthday Kenny Lofton!!!

Baseball great Kenny Lofton turns 42 years old today.

One of the most underrated players from his era, Kenny Lofton was a throwback-type of player that oftentimes reminded you of the players from the generation prior to his.  With lightening fast speed and great defensive skills, Lofton enjoyed a wonderful 17-season career.

Lofton was the kind of player that every team needs on their roster.  A guy that can do it all, and will make the same level of effort when playing for a first place team with a 10-game divisional lead as he would for a last place team 20 games behind in the standings.  Lofton’s desire to win and help his team was unmeasurable.   And along the way, he racked up some very impressive career statistics.

A lifetime .299 hitter, Kenny lofton finished his career with 2,428 hits.  He also captured 781 RBI, 1,528 runs scored, and an amazing on-base percentage of .372.  He currently ranks 15th all-time with 622 stolen bases.  When it comes to recognition around the league, Lofton tallied 6 All-star appearances and 4 Gold Glove awards.

In total, Kenny Lofton played for 11 different teams over the course of his career.  Of his 17 seasons, 10 were with the Cleveland Indians.  For his birthday I would like to give Lofton a little more appreciation.  Let’s give him a career with just 1 team and make him an everyday player.  Had that occurred, I think we could be looking at another member of the 3,000 hits club and possibly just the second guy to break the 1,000 steals mark.

Happy Birthday Mr. Lofton!!!

My First Baseball Card Panel – Circa 1970

Roughly 2 weeks ago I got an email from Steve from the blog ‘Wait ‘Til Next Year’.  He sent me a link to an auction on Ebay in which a seller had a few of these 1970 Topps-esque baseball card panels featuring some of my favorite players. 

A few months ago Steve got the Andre Dawson card as a single and I was immediately drawn to the design.  I inquired about it but forgot to follow up and look for one myself.  Luckily Steve came to my resuce.

I had to get one and I am thrilled with the end product.  Check it out:

panel

Where else are you going to find such a sweet display of baseball greats like this?  On this panel, you’ve got 5 current Hall of Fame players, 1 player going into the HOF this summer, and 2 more guys that will surely end up in the Hall. 

This is a great piece, and I will look for a way to display this group of baseball superstars proudly!!

Building the ‘5-Tool Player’ Using Stars from the 1990’s

Now I want to focus my attention to the players from the 1990’s when building the ultimate ‘5-tool Player‘.

With such a surplus of talented players to choose from, picking the best hitter for average, hitter for power, base runner, defender, and player with the greatest throwing power and accuracy should be interesting.  To say that 1 player is better than the next would be tough, but I’ll attempt to put together a 5 player group each with that 1 attribute that stood above the rest as I build my robot using stars from the 1990’s.

Again, the rules are the same.  You can use 1 player just once.  If your player excelled in 2 of these categories, choose the best fit and find another for one for the other.

Here are my picks:

Hitter for Average – Tony Gwynn

Hitter for Power -Ken Griffey Jr.

Base Runner – Kenny Lofton

Defensive Ability -Roberto Alomar

Throwing Power and Accuracy -Ivan ‘Pudge’ Rodriguez

So there you have it.  Submit your best picks building your ‘5-tool Player’ using players from the 1990’s.