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Happy Birthday Mike Lowell!!!

Happy Birthday Mike Lowell!!!

Mike Lowell turns 40 years old today.

My favorite Florida Marlin of all-time, Mike Lowell displayed the tools I enjoy seeing in a baseball player.  Dedication, leadership, desire to win, etc…  are all attributes that Lowell applies to his sport and the results are certainly deserved – I would have just loved to have seen them ALL be reached while wearing the Marlins uniform.

Lowell spent seven seasons with the Marlins, and became an All-star while wearing Teal & Black.  In those seven seasons, Lowell amassed a batting average of .272 while collecting 965 hits.  His knack for run production led to his 143 home runs, 578 RBI, and 477 runs scored.

Lowell was an All-star 4 times, 3 with the Marlins and once with the Boston Red Sox.  He won the Silver Slugger award in 2003, a Gold Glove in 2005, and finished in 11th place for the league MVP Award in 2003.

Mike Lowell is a 2-time World Series champion, winning one title with the Marlins in 2003, and his second in 2007 with the Boston Red Sox.

Happy Birthday Mike!!

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Happy Birthday Mike Lowell!!!

Happy Birthday Mike Lowell!!!

Mike Lowell turns 39 years old today.

My favorite Florida Marlin of all-time, Mike Lowell displayed the tools I enjoy seeing in a baseball player.  Dedication, leadership, desire to win, etc…  are all attributes that Lowell applies to his sport and the results are certainly deserved – I would have just loved to have seen them ALL be reached while wearing the Marlins uniform.

Lowell spent seven seasons with the Marlins, and became an All-star while wearing Teal & Black.  In those seven seasons, Lowell amassed a batting average of .272 while collecting 965 hits.  His knack for run production led to his 143 home runs, 578 RBI, and 477 runs scored.

Lowell was an All-star 4 times, 3 with the Marlins and once with the Boston Red Sox.  He won the Silver Slugger award in 2003, a Gold Glove in 2005, and finished in 11th place for the league MVP Award in 2003.

Mike Lowell is a 2-time World Series champion, winning one title with the Marlins in 2003, and his second in 2007 with the Boston Red Sox.

Happy Birthday Mike!!

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Happy Birthday Mike Lowell!!!

Happy Birthday Mike Lowell!!!

Mike Lowell turns 38 years old today.

My favorite Florida Marlin of all-time, Mike Lowell displayed the tools I enjoy seeing in a baseball player.  Dedication, leadership, desire to win, etc…  are all attributes that Lowell applies to his sport and the results are certainly deserved – I would have just loved to have seen them ALL be reached while wearing the Marlins uniform.

Lowell spent seven seasons with the Marlins, and became an All-star while wearing Teal & Black.  In those seven seasons, Lowell amassed a batting average of .272 while collecting 965 hits.  His knack for run production led to his 143 home runs, 578 RBI, and 477 runs scored.

Lowell was an All-star 4 times, 3 with the Marlins and once with the Boston Red Sox.  He won the Silver Slugger award in 2003, a Gold Glove in 2005, and finished in 11th place for the league MVP Award in 2003.

Mike Lowell is a 2-time World Series champion, winning one title with the Marlins in 2003, and his second in 2007 with the Boston Red Sox.

Happy Birthday Mike!!

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My First Time – Mike Lowell – September 14, 1998

My First Time – Mike Lowell – September 14, 1998

The Setting – Yankee Stadium.  New York, NY.

From Lowell – ‘My first at-bat and I hit a little single to center.  They put it right on the scoreboard, ‘That was Mike Lowell’s first major league hit in his first major league at-bat’.  The crowd was really loud.’

The Boxscore – Blue Jays 5, Yankees 3.  Lowell goes 1-for-4.

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Favorites Florida Marlins’

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Favorites Florida Marlins’

Man, my team has been making headlines of late – and very little of it is good.

So, I wanted to flip the script a bit and think of my ‘fish’ in a more positive light.

And what better way to do that than to present to you my ‘Top Ten Favorite Florida Marlins’.

And while some of these players may not have reached the peak of their career while suited up for my ‘home team’, they certainly did make me smile while playing in Miami.

Here we go:

Honorable Mention:  Hanley Ramirez, Benito Santiago, Devon White, Gary Sheffield, Bobby Bonilla, Ivan Rodriguez, Livan Hernandez, Charles Johnson, Al Leiter, Miguel Cabrera, Cameron Maybin, Juan Pierre, Dontrelle Willis, Tim Raines, and Craig Counsell.

10 – Andre Dawson.  Come on, you know that he was going to be on the list…

9 – Logan Morrison / Chris Coghlan / Mike Stanton / Gaby Sanchez – Neither of these guys has done quite enough yet to earn a spot to themselves, but between the four of them I think our core of offense looks great for the future.  I could very easily picture each of these guys occupying a spot for themselves a few years from now…

8 – Luis Castillo.  A very solid defender who put up solid batting averages, on-base percentages, and stolen base numbers on a consistent basis.

7 – Jeff Conine – ‘Mr. Marlin’.  He is probably the team’s most recognized player of all-time, and he is worthy of the title.

6 – Dan Uggla.  I loved watching this guy club homer after homer into the empty outfield seats in Miami.

5 – Josh Johnson.  He will go down as the team’s greatest pitcher to date.  Now, JJ just needs to focus on maintaining his health.  When he is on, he is a Cy Young candidate with very few equals.

4 – Edgar Renteria.  This guy delivered offense at the best times, when they were needed the most.  Very soft-spoken and generally hiding from any form of spotlight, Edgar let his game do the talking.  It it spoke volumes!!

3 – Josh Beckett.  We got to see Josh when he was green.  But even back then, he showed us flashes of his great command and powerful stuff.  No player can single-handidly win you a championship, but Josh certainly played a big part of our 2003 title.

 

2 – Cody Ross.  Nothing but smiles from and for Cody.  A truly class act with a a respect for the game that is obvious with each act he completes on the field.  Probably one of the most popular Marlins players of all-time.

1 – Mike Lowell.  There was very little that Lowell couldn’t do.  He was a solid teammate, a vocal leader, and he backed up his words with great offense and supreme defense.  You cannot help but cheer for a player that has been through what he has been through – A class act all of the way!!!

And there you have it, my ‘Top Ten Favorite Florida Marlins’.

Did I miss anyone???  Let me know.

And week, I have a great idea… Think Long-Ball…  Stay tuned.

Thanks for reading!!!

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Recently Retired Hall Of Fame Signed Baseballs On My Want List’

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Recently Retired Hall Of Fame Signed Baseballs On My Want List’

If you missed my last list, I showed off the ‘Top Ten’ baseballs I would like from players that are in the Hall of Fame.  If you want to re-visit that post, you can do so by clicking here.

For this round, I will show you the ‘Top Ten’ guys in the recently retired list that I would like to go after as well.  And while I plan on waiting to attack until I can get the HOF inscription, I am still eager to go after these guys.

And while some of these players may not get into Cooperstown unless they buy a ticket, they will all (hopefully) make an appearance in my signed baseball collection!!

So, here we go….

Honorable Mentions – Jeff Bagwell, Mike Piazza, Trevor Hoffman, Andy Pettitte, Rafael Palmeiro, Manny Ramirez, and Curt Schilling.

10 – Mike Lowell

9 – Barry Larkin

8 – Roger Clemens

7 – Tom Glavine

6 – Randy Johnson

5 – Craig Biggio

4 – John Smoltz

3 – Frank Thomas

2 – Ken Griffey Jr.

1 – Greg Maddux

Nice list, huh?

I snuck in a few guys like Lowell and Schilling.  And while I don’t belive that either will be highly considered for membership at the Hall of Fame, I do really like them and respect their careers.

Next up – the ‘Top Ten Signed Baseballs I Would Like Of Active Players’.

Stay tuned and thanks for reading!!!

Watching The Marlins Playing The Red Sox Makes Me Nostalgic…

It seems like just a few short seasons ago that the guys in the ‘other’ dugout were the guys I was rooting for…

The Florida Marlins and Boston Red Sox will tangle for a 3-game Inter-league series that starts tonight at Fenway Park.  While I am still on the fence about how these mixed-league games effect the sport and the spirit of competition, I certainly look past that when I get to see some of my favorite former Marlins players.

Mike Loewll, Josh Beckett, and Brad Penny were all such strong parts of our roster during their playing days in Miami.  Each of these guys had won over the fans with their dedication to the team and desire to win, even when the deck was stacked against them.

It will be a fun series to watch as we battle the AL East leading Red Sox – but it will be even more fun to watch as I get to enjoy seeing 3 of my favorite former Marlins players do their thing.

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Mike Lowell – member of 2003 World Series winning team.  In 7 seasons as a Marlin, Lowell hit 143 home runs while driving in 578 runs.  He was a 3-time All-star with the team while also a winner of 1 Gold Glove and 1 Silver Slugger award.

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Brad Penny – member of 2003 World Series winning team.  In 5 years with the Marlins, Penny went 48-42 while overpowering batters for 570 strikeouts. 

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Josh Beckett – member of 2003 World Series winning team.  During his 5 seasons with ‘The Fish’ Beckett compiled a 41-34 record while posting a 3.46 ERA.  Nobody will forget that amazing ride he took us on en route to the 2003 World Series title.

Good Luck boys.  Go easy on us!!!!

‘Now That’s A Book I’d Read’ – Book #2 – ‘Both Sides Of The Fence’

This book is the 2nd book in this new feature at ’30-Year Old Cardboard’.

Title – ‘Both Sides Of The Fence ‘

Synopsis – The most heated rivalry in all of professional sports – The New York Yankees and The Boston Red Sox.  Dating back to the early 1900’s the games and rivalry established between these two franchises is legendary.  And with the rivalry comes stories of laughter mixed with tears as well as the thrill of victory and the heartbreak of defeat.

Jacket  Content – In the rivalry of the Yankees and Red Sox, there is a bold line separating the two teams.  The fans from ‘Beantown’ are as loyal as they come even though their overall team success is not on par with their counterparts.  And the Yankees team, armed with 26 World Championships, are the more decorated team and act as such.

This book will share the stories of the players that called both Fenway Park and Yankee Stadium home during their careers.  We will dig in deep to dissect the sport’s oldest and strongest rivalry by listening to the stories of the men that played for both teams.  In this book you will hear funny recounts of fan interaction, horror stories of players that have left one team to join their biggest enemy, and tales of the ultimate satisfaction – beating their arch nemesis(and former teams). 

207 players have done this.  Here are the stories of the most accomplished and famous men of that group.

Chapters

1 – Don Baylor : Yankees(1983-85) Red Sox(1986-87)

2 – Wade Boggs : Yankees(1993-97) Red Sox(1982-92)

3 – Jose Canseco : Yankees(2000) Red Sox(1995-96)

4 – Roger Clemens : Yankees(1999-07) Red Sox(1984-96)

5 – David Cone : Yankees(1995-00) Red Sox(2001)

6 – Johnny Damon : Yankees(2006-present) Red Sox(2002-05)

7 – Rickey Henderson : Yankees(1985-89) Red Sox(2002)

8 – Mike Lowell : Yankees(1998) Red Sox(2006-present)

9 – Sparky Lyle : Yankees(1972-78) Red Sox(1967-71)

10 –  John Olerud : Yankees(2004) Red Sox (2005)

11 – Jeff Reardon : Yankeed(1994) Red Sox (1990-92)

12 – George Herman ‘ Babe’ Ruth : Yankees(1920-34) Red Sox(1914-19)

13 – Lee Smith : Yankees(1993) Red Sox(1988-90)

14 – JT Snow : Yankees(1992) Red Sox(2006)

15 – Luis Tiant : Yankees(1979-80) Red Sox(1971-18)

16 – David Wells : Yankees(1997-03) Red Sox(2005-06)

 

Man I Miss These Guys…

If there is 1 thing I have remained consistent with since my youth it’s checking the box scores on a daily basis.  Even with them being accessible in a more timely manner via the Internet and other digital media, I still prefer the good old newspaper.

As a kid I learned how to read the box scores so I could follow Wade Boggs as I considered him to be the best hitter in the game in the 1980’s.  And now some 20+ years later I still love reading the box scores on a daily basis but now I find that my emphasis has leaned towards following former Florida Marlins players still active around the league.

I thought it would be fun to build my own team made up of former Marlins players that are sill playing in the big leagues.  Here we go:

1st Base – Derrek Lee

2nd Base – Luis Castillo

3rd Base – Mike Lowell

 

Shortstop – Edgar Rentaria

 

Center Field – Juan Pierre

 

Left Field – Gary Sheffield

Right Field – Josh Willingham

 

Catcher – Pudge Rodriguez

 

Starting Pitcher – Josh Beckett

 

Relief Pitcher – Trevor Hoffman

 

Man, the Marlins have let go of some amazingly talented guys over the years huh???

Happy Birthday Mike Lowell!!!

Mike Lowell is turning 35 years old today.

Quite possibly my favorite Florida Marlin of all-time, Mike Lowell displayed the tools I enjoy seeing in a baseball player.  Dedication, leadership, desire to win, etc…  are all attributes that Lowell applies to his sport and the results are certainly deserved – I would have just loved to have seen them ALL be reached while wearing the Marlins uniform.

For his birthday, I would like to give Mike Lowell one more shot in the post-season and I don’t care which team takes him there.  He’s already got 2 rings from his 2003 title with the Marlins and another from his 2007 championship with Boston.  Just 1 more shot to see what he can do…  I think a 3rd ring would be a fitting birthday present!!!

Happy Birthday Mike!!

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