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Happy Birthday Mike Greenwell!!!

Happy Birthday Mike Greenwell!!!

Mike ‘Gator’ Greenwell turns 51 years old today.

A Red Sox favorite during the late 1980’s and into the 90’s, Mike Greenwell is one of the rare players that spent his entire career with one team during baseball’s biggest spike of free agent activity. Loyalty is a commendable trait and the faithful Red Sox fans still hold Mike Greenwell as one of their favorites.

During his best season as a professional baseball player, Greenwell took the sport by storm. In 1988 ‘Gator’ hit .325 while collecting 192 hits. In that year he also smashed 22 home runs, collected 119 RBI, scored 86 runs, and stole 16 bases. And amazingly with 693 plate appearances during that break-out season, Greenwell struck out just 38 times!!! ‘Gator’ finished in 2nd place for the MVP award that year, and had it not been for a certain player setting a new baseball standard of 40 home runs and 40 stolen bases in a season, Mike Greenwell would have been a unanimous selection as the league’s best player.

Happy Birthday Mike Greenwell!!!

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SIGNING RESULTS: Boston Red Sox All-Star, Mike Greenwell!!!

SIGNING RESULTS: Boston Red Sox All-Star, Mike Greenwell!!!

When I tell you that Mike Greenwell was one of my favorite players from the late 1980’s I am not kidding.

Alongside Wade Boggs, Greenwell was so much fun to watch.  And he could do it all – hit for a high average, bang doubles off of the Green Monster, and drive in runs at a rapid pace.

He only played in the major leagues for 12 seasons (all with the Sox), and left the game at the age of 32.  But, Greenwell is loved in Boston and will forever be a member of ‘Red Sox Nation’.

His career numbers look like this:  .303 lifetime batting average, .368 on-base percentage, 1,400 hits, 275 doubles, 130 home runs, 80 stolen bases, 657 runs scored and 726 RBI.

Greenwell was a 2-time All-Star and he also win the Silver Slugger Award and finished second in the AL MVP race in 1988.

I am thrilled to add this signed ball to my collection and it will find a comfortable home with the rest of the balls I have signed by stars from the 1980’s.

Greenwell Ball

SWEET!!!

Happy Birthday Mike Greenwell!!!

Happy Birthday Mike Greenwell!!!

Mike ‘Gator’ Greenwell turns 50 years old today.

A Red Sox favorite during the late 1980’s and into the 90’s, Mike Greenwell is one of the rare players that spent his entire career with one team during baseball’s biggest spike of free agent activity. Loyalty is a commendable trait and the faithful Red Sox fans still hold Mike Greenwell as one of their favorites.

During his best season as a professional baseball player, Greenwell took the sport by storm. In 1988 ‘Gator’ hit .325 while collecting 192 hits. In that year he also smashed 22 home runs, collected 119 RBI, scored 86 runs, and stole 16 bases. And amazingly with 693 plate appearances during that break-out season, Greenwell struck out just 38 times!!! ‘Gator’ finished in 2nd place for the MVP award that year, and had it not been for a certain player setting a new baseball standard of 40 home runs and 40 stolen bases in a season, Mike Greenwell would have been a unanimous selection as the league’s best player.

Happy Birthday Mike Greenwell!!!

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2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Mike Greenwell

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Mike Greenwell

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 Mike Greenwell card from the set:

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I love the color combination that Topps used for this card.  And while I am not normally one that likes the shade of Teal used in the nameplate of the card, this time I have to admit that it works very well with the bright Red background of the card’s main area.

As for Greenwell, he was one of my favorite players in the late 1980’s.  When he started to take off and compile MVP-esque numbers, I thought he would be the final piece to the Boggs-Rice-Burks puzzle that Boston was putting together to get them a championship.

Love the ‘Gator’!!!

Happy Birthday Mike Greenwell!!!

Happy Birthday Mike Greenwell!!!

Mike ‘Gator’ Greenwell turns 49 years old today.

A Red Sox favorite during the late 1980’s and into the 90’s, Mike Greenwell is one of the rare players that spent his entire career with one team during baseball’s biggest spike of free agent activity.  Loyalty is a commendable trait and the faithful Red Sox fans still hold Mike Greenwell as one of their favorites.

During his best season as a professional baseball player, Greenwell took the sport by storm.  In 1988 ‘Gator’ hit .325 while collecting 192 hits.  In that year he also smashed 22 home runs, collected 119 RBI, scored 86 runs, and stole 16 bases.  And amazingly with 693 plate appearances during that break-out season, Greenwell struck out just 38 times!!!  ‘Gator’ finished in 2nd place for the MVP award that year, and had it not been for a certain player setting a new baseball standard of 40 home runs and 40 stolen bases in a season, Mike Greenwell would have been a unanimous selection as the league’s best player.

Happy Birthday Mike Greenwell!!!

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’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 Mike Greenwell!!!

Happy Birthday Mike Greenwell!!!

Mike ‘Gator’ Greenwell turns 48 years old today.

A Red Sox favorite during the late 1980’s and into the 90’s, Mike Greenwell is one of the rare players that spent his entire career with one team during baseball’s biggest spike of free agent activity.  Loyalty is a commendable trait and the faithful Red Sox fans still hold Mike Greenwell as one of their favorites.

During his best season as a professional baseball player, Greenwell took the sport by storm.  In 1988 ‘Gator’ hit .325 while collecting 192 hits.  In that year he also smashed 22 home runs, collected 119 RBI, scored 86 runs, and stole 16 bases.  And amazingly with 693 plate appearances during that break-out season, Greenwell struck out just 38 times!!!  ‘Gator’ finished in 2nd place for the MVP award that year, and had it not been for a certain player setting a new baseball standard of 40 home runs and 40 stolen bases in a season, Mike Greenwell would have been a unanimous selection as the league’s best player.

Happy Birthday Mike Greenwell!!!

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1988 Fleer Superstar Specials – Card #630 – Mike Greenwell, Ellis Burks, Todd Benzinger

1988 Fleer Superstar Specials – Card #630 – Mike Greenwell, Ellis Burks, Todd Benzinger

“Changing The Guard In Boston”

While Boston Red Sox fans lamented the poor performance of their defending AL Champions, they were encouraged by the solid and spirited play of some of their new players.  In a year that produced a bumper crop of American League rookie sensations, the Red Sox were proud to call three of them their own.

Mike Greenwell played in 125 games, alternating between left field, right field, and designated hitter.  He batted an impressive .328.  Even more impressive were his production numbers.  He had 31 doubles, 19 home runs, and 89 RBI’s, eight of them being game-winners.

Ellis Burks played in 133 games and added spark both at the plate and in the field.  He provided an excellent balance of power and speed.  He smacked 20 home runs, ripped 30 doubles, scored 94 runs and stole 27 bases.  He appears to be the Red Sox’ center fielder of the future.

Todd Benzinger, a switch-hitter, appeared in 73 games and he added punch to the Boston lineup.  He had eight home runs, 43 RBI’s, and 11 doubles.

Happy Anniversary Mike Greenwell!!!

On this day in 1996, Mike ‘Gator’ Greenwell put on a display of baseball super powers that can only be described as phenomenal.

In front of 24,000+ fans in Seattle’s Kingdome, Mike Greenwell single-handily beat the Seattle Mariners by a score of 9-8.

In the game, ‘Gator’ went 4-for-5 and was responsible for driving in all of Boston’s 9 runs.  How did he do it you ask?

Here’s how:  In the fifth inning he blasted a 2-run home run(2).  In the 7th he belted a Grand Slam(6).  In the 8th he connected for a 2-run double(8).  And in the 10th inning he hit a single which allowed for the go-ahead run to score(9).

There you have it – 9 RBI and most importantly the hit that helped win the game for the Red Sox.

Happy Anniversary ‘Gator’!!!

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1989 Topps – Pack #4

Here is what I pulled from pack #4 of the 6 that I will be opening today:

 Pack 4A

 Pack 4B 

Notable:  Ughhh….  The doubles are starting to pour in!!

Pick of the pack:  A toss up between the Mike Greenwell All-star and pre-steroid Brady Anderson