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Happy Birthday Mike Piazza!!!

Happy Birthday Mike Piazza!!!

Mike Piazza turns 46 years old today.

Piazza was a solid offensive contributor for the teams he played for during his 16-year career.  One of the game’s greatest slugging catchers of all-time, Piazza was an offensive machine.  During his career he piled up some very impressive numbers: a lifetime .308 batting average along with 2,127 hits, 427 home runs, 1,335 RBI, 1.048 runs scored, and 344 doubles.  A true power hitter with a good ‘batter’s eye’, Piazza shined brightly when the spotlight was on him.

And during that 16-year career, Piazza picked up a nice handful of individual awards.  He was the 1993 Rookie of the Year, he was a 12-time All-star, and he won 10 Silver Slugger awards.

Happy Birthday Mike.  High Five!!!

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Did You Know…

In the history of the Dodgers baseball franchise, Mike Piazza is the lone player to hit at least .350 and slug 40 home runs in the same season.

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Hall Of Fame Debate: Assessing Mike Piazza’s Vote Tally From His Second Ballot

Hall Of Fame Debate: Assessing Mike Piazza’s Vote Tally From His Second Ballot

Let me preface this post by saying that I am not a Mike Piazza fan.  No, he did not do anything personal to me to make me feel this way, I just never got on board with him.  It may be the fact that he played for ‘my team’ for just 5 games back in 1998 or it could be the fact that when with the Mets he crushed ‘my team’ pretty regularly.

While I don’t care for him, I absolutely respect him.  His offensive game was unreal, and he was more than fair behind the plate.

It does seem that the BBWAA does not respect him though.

On his first Hall of Fame ballot, Piazza accumulated 329 votes which was good for 57.8% of the vote.  And then in 2013, he pulled in 355 votes while earning 62.2% of the vote.  I would have given him my vote on both ballots.  And I think that he should have been selected for enshrinement in 2013.

This improvement in votes captured shows that Piazza is heading in the right direction.  But based on the percentage change from 2012 to 2013, he is still 3-4 years away from getting to the needed 75%.

What is taking so long??

Isn’t Mike Piazza often tagged as the ‘Best Hitting Catcher Of All-Time’???

His offensive numbers are certainly Hall-worthy:  .308 batting average, .377 on-base percentage (mostly from the clean-up spot), 2,127 hits, 344 doubles, 427 home runs, 1,048 runs scored, 1,335 RBI, and 3,768 total bases.  All of this screams ‘Hall of Fame’.  He also raked in six 30/100 seasons and narrowly missed the number during three more seasons.  So, his production was strong – and very consistent.

Why the slow collection of votes??

Is it the ‘pretty boy’ image?  Is it the lack of superior play behind the plate?  The lack of postseason success?

Mike Piazza is a former Rookie Of The Year.  He was a 12-time All-Star.  He won 10 Silver Slugger Awards during his career.  Piazza never won an MVP Award, but he finished in the Top 9 during seven different seasons.

Of all of the eligible offensive players on the ballot, I would select Mike Piazza as a Hall of Famer before any of them.  Before Craig Biggio, before Jeff Bagwell, and even before my beloved Tim Raines.

Am I missing something??

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Another Mike Piazza Marlins Card For My Collection – 1998 Fleer Ultra ‘Top 30’!!!!

Another Mike Piazza Marlins Card For My Collection – 1998 Fleer Ultra ‘Top 30′!!!!

Amazing purchase for your boy at ’30-YOC’!!!!  Another Mike Piazza baseball card featuring him in his old Florida Marlins uniform!!!

Check it out:

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This card comes from the 1998 Fleer subset tagged as ‘Top 30’.

The set features 30 cards and 30 players.  It was issued as a subset as part of the Series 2 release of Ultra in 1998.  The checklist is stacked with the best players from that time, and I have to say that after finally seeing one of these cards in person, the cards are very impressive.  I like the design a lot and the background theme of ‘Top 30’ with the player’s image sitting on top of it is a very nice touch.

A very neat card.  And officially card #2 of my Mike Piazza/Marlins collection!!!

Maybe #3 is around the corner…  I hope so!!!

Baseball Card Show Purchase #9 – My Very First Mike Piazza Florida Marlins Baseball Card!!!

Baseball Card Show Purchase #9 – My Very First Mike Piazza Florida Marlins Baseball Card!!!

You have no idea how excited I was to find this baseball card.  This is my first ever card of Mike Piazza while wearing a Florida Marlins uniform.

Sure, I could have found one online, but I purposely did not take this route.  I wanted the thrill of finding one of these in person to be a good one, an experience that a web purchase could not offer.  And now I have found one!!!

The card is a bit louder than what normally excites me, but I think that it looks great!!

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Don’t forget that Piazza only played in five games for the Marlins in between lengthy stints with the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Mets.

This card is such a neat one for my collection.  I am not sure how I am going to organize it within my cards as I am not a Piazza collector and it does not fit in my team set binders either.  But don’t worry, I’ll figure something out.

And now I want to see if I can find any more out there…

Happy Birthday Mike Piazza!!!

Happy Birthday Mike Piazza!!!

Mike Piazza turns 45 years old today.

Piazza was a solid offensive contributor for the teams he played for during his 16-year career.  One of the game’s greatest slugging catchers of all-time, Piazza was an offensive machine.  During his career he piled up some very impressive numbers: a lifetime .308 batting average along with 2,127 hits, 427 home runs, 1,335 RBI, 1.048 runs scored, and 344 doubles.  A true power hitter with a good ‘batter’s eye’, Piazza shined brightly when the spotlight was on him.

And during that 16-year career, Piazza picked up a nice handful of individual awards.  He was the 1993 Rookie of the Year, he was a 12-time All-star, and he won 10 Silver Slugger awards.

For his birthday I would like to give Mike Piazza two more years.  2 more years in the big leagues with a few statistical milestones within reach.  Most notably would be 2,500 career hits.  While I don’t think he was talented enough to join the elite 3,000 hits club I do think that he was solid enough of a hitter to be just 1 notch behind them!!

Happy Birthday Mike.  High Five!!!

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Hall Of Fame Debate: Ivan ‘Pudge’ Rodriguez VS Mike Piazza

Hall Of Fame Debate: Ivan ‘Pudge’ Rodriguez VS Mike Piazza

This week’s ‘Hall Of Fame Debate’ is going to start a series of Player VS Player comparisons.

Ultimately, many if not all of the players being discussed and debated about are either presently in the Hall of Fame or more than likely they are soon to be elected.

So, with these head-to-head matchups, I think I am just asking you to rank them, 1 and 2, to see if and how we judge a player and their career achievements.

Sound like fun?  It does to me – so, let’s do this!!!

For this match-up, I am pitting Ivan ‘Pudge’ Rodriguez against fellow catcher, Mike Piazza.

Personally, I have always liked Pudge and I have never cared for Piazza.  But, I am capable of taking the emotions out of it and strictly base my debate on their merits.

So, now It’s Go Time – Ivan ‘Pudge’ Rodriguez VS Mike Piazza

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Here is a look at their career numbers:

  Rodriguez Piazza
Seasons 21 16
Games Played 2,543 1,912
Games at Catcher 2,427 1,630
Hits 2,844 2,127
Average 0 0
150-199 hit seasons 7 7
200+ hit seasons 0 1
Runs scored 1,354 1,048
Doubles 572 344
Home Runs 311 427
30-39 HR Seasons 1 7
40+ HR Seasons 0 2
RBI 1,332 1,335
100-RBI Seasons 1 6
30/100 Seasons 1 6
ROY 1
MVP 1
All-Star 14 12
Silver Slugger 7 10
Gold Glove 13 0
Postseason 5 5
WS Titles 1 0

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Two very solid and extremely productive players – and quite possibly two of the ten best catchers in the history of the sport.

Pudge Rodriguez compiled a ton of hits during his major league career and he was a threat to join the 3,o00 hits club for a long time.  Mike Piazza was an extremely consistent provider of runs for the duration of his career.  Both men offer multiple tools that you would seek in a catcher – both on offense and defense.  Pudge was clearly the better defender, and Piazza was the supreme run-creating engine.

A few stand-out points for me:
* Piazza had 4 more seasons that were extremely close to the 30/100 marker
* Pudge’s streak of 13 Gold Glove Awards in 16 seasons is unreal
* Piazza has a career .377 on-base percentage
* Had Pudge played more DH instead of catcher during his prime, he could easily amassed 20-25 more hits a seasons and truly come closer to 3,000

So, now the fun begins – who had a better career?  Which catcher would you choose for your team for a 15-season stretch?

For me, it always comes down to how many ways in which a player can help a team.  While Mike Piazza can help deliver wins with his mighty offensive skills and knack for driving in runs, he is not going to provide the anchor at catcher on defense that you may seek.  Pudge on the other hand will surely provide the leadership needed at catcher to both manage the pitching staff and lead the team’s defense – yet he is not going to scare the opposition with his ability to end the game on a single swing the same manner that Mike Piazza would.

And now my answer.  And it was pretty easy for me to come to…

I’m going with Rodriguez.  For me, the defense he offers is something that cannot be overlooked.  Managing the pitching staff, setting the defense, and controlling the base paths are skills that if mastered can make a player elite at their position from a defensive standpoint – and Pudge did all of this exceptionally well.  Offensively he may not have been the threat that Piazza was, but he was no slouch either.  A skilled hitter with the ability to put the ball in play, Pudge was agood source of offensive support and a solid complementary piece.

So, who you got????

Baseball Card Show Purchase #6 – Lot Of 2 1993 Topps ‘Top Prospects’ With Chipper Jones & Mike Piazza

Baseball Card Show Purchase #6 – Lot Of 2 1993 Topps ‘Top Prospects’ With Chipper Jones & Mike Piazza

I have yet to review these cards to see what they may be worth, but when I found them back-to-back in a ten-cent bargain bin, I made the small investment strictly out of curiosity.

I’m a fan of Chipper Jones and I really enjoyed watching his entire career.  As for Piazza, he was a Marlin for five game in between stints in Los Angeles and New York – I am not a fan, but for a dime, I figured I would let that pass this time around.

The cards are from the 1993 Topps set and both feature the headline of ‘Top Prospects’.

Check them out:

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An interesting fact from each:

– The Chipper Jones card has him as a Shortstop prospect
– The Mike Piazza card also features Carlos Delgado as a catching prospect

Pretty cool!!!

Happy Birthday Mike Piazza!!!

Happy Birthday Mike Piazza!!!

Mike Piazza turns 44 years old today.

Piazza was a solid offensive contributor for the teams he played for during his 16-year career.  One of the game’s greatest slugging catchers of all-time, Piazza was an offensive machine.  During his career he piled up some very impressive numbers: a lifetime .308 batting average along with 2,127 hits, 427 home runs, 1,335 RBI, 1.048 runs scored, and 344 doubles.  A true power hitter with a good ‘batter’s eye’, Piazza shined brightly when the spotlight was on him.

And during that 16-year career, Piazza picked up a nice handful of individual awards.  He was the 1993 Rookie of the Year, he was a 12-time All-star, and he won 10 Silver Slugger awards.

For his birthday I would like to give Mike Piazza two more years.  2 more years in the big leagues with a few statistical milestones within reach.  Most notably would be 2,500 career hits.  While I don’t think he was talented enough to join the elite 3,000 hits club I do think that he was solid enough of a hitter to be just 1 notch behind them!!

Happy Birthday Mike.  High Five!!!

Piazza

Happy Birthday Mike Piazza!!!

Happy Birthday Mike Piazza!!!

Mike Piazza turns 43 years old today.

Piazza was a solid offensive contributor for the teams he played for during his 16-year career.  One of the game’s greatest slugging catchers of all-time, Piazza was an offensive machine.  During his career he piled up some very impressive numbers: a lifetime .308 batting average along with 2,127 hits, 427 home runs, 1,335 RBI, 1.048 runs scored, and 344 doubles.  A true power hitter with a good ‘batter’s eye’, Piazza shined brightly when the spotlight was on him.

And during that 16-year career, Piazza picked up a nice handful of individual awards.  He was the 1993 Rookie of the Year, he was a 12-time All-star, and he won 10 Silver Slugger awards.

For his birthday I would like to give Mike Piazza two more years.  2 more years in the big leagues with a few statistical milestones within reach.  Most notably would be 2,500 career hits.  While I don’t think he was talented enough to join the elite 3,000 hits club I do think that he was solid enough of a hitter to be just 1 notch behind them!!

Happy Birthday Mike.  High Five!!!

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