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Did You Know…

The 2010 baseball season marked the first time in Milwakuee Brewers history in which two batters were each hit by 20 or more pitches over the course of the same baseball season.  Rickie Weeks was hit by 25 balls and Prince Fielder was not too far behind with 21 HBP.

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Did You Know…

The only hitter in Milwaukee Brewers franchise history to walk more than 100 times in a single season is Prince Fielder.  And he had accomplished that feat three times:  110 walks in 2009, 114 in 2010, and 107 in 2011.

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Baseball Card Show Purchase #2 – Lot Of (3) 2013 Gypsy Queen Sliding Stars

Baseball Card Show Purchase #2 – Lot Of (3) 2013 Gypsy Queen Sliding Stars

While sorting through a bargain box that contained nothing but 2013 Topps product, I fell upon a small section of Gypsy Queen insert cards.

And in that mix was a nice 12-15 stack of cards from the ‘Sliding Stars’ subset.  I carefully navigated the set, extracting cards that I did not believe that I had in my collection while also trying to avoid pulling doubles.

The end result was that I nabbed three more cards from this set for my collection.

I scored the Prince Fielder card, the Lou Brock card, and the Carlos Gonzalez card.

Have a look:

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In time, I will aim to go after the complete set.  And with these three new additions to my collection, that decision may have just been made easier to make.

 

Baseball Card Show Purchase #2 – Lot Of 3 Prince Fielder Rookie Cards

Baseball Card Show Purchase #2 – Lot Of 3 Prince Fielder Rookie Cards

One of my favorite dealers brought his dollar boxes to this show this time.  He offers everything contained within at half-price, and I probably spent more time sifting through these boxes than I did at any other dealer set-up.

I pulled some pretty solid stuff, and I will show it off throughout the day for you.

In the mix, I pulled three Prince Fielder rookie cards.  I had not been seeking them out specifically, but I was not going to pass them up either.

Have a look:

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Personally, I find Fielder to be one of the most fun guys to cheer for in baseball.  His obvious joy of playing the game meshed with supreme talent has resulted in making Prince a superstar and a ’30-YOC Favorite’.

Baseball Card Show Purchase #3 – Possibly The Coolest Batting Cage Card EVER!!! Courtesy Of Prince Fielder & Bowman

Baseball Card Show Purchase #3 – Possibly The Coolest Batting Cage Card EVER!!!  Courtesy Of Prince Fielder & Bowman

This card comes from the 2009 Bowman baseball card set.  And as soon as I saw it, I stopped in my tracks!!

Have a look:

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Rescued from a $0.10 bargain box, this card features easily the most unique ‘Batting Cage Card’ that I have ever seen.

There was no way that I was not going to buy the card.  And now I have a challenge ahead of me to seek out a better one – and that may be very, very tough to do.

Detroit Tigers’ Prince Fielder Regains Title As Major League Baseball’s Iron Man

 

Detroit Tigers’ Prince Fielder Regains Title As Major League Baseball’s Iron Man

By James Schmel

CHICAGO — It took some time, but Prince Fielder finally regained his title as Major League Baseball’s Iron Man.

Fielder officially became the league’s active leader in consecutive games played after Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp’s streak was snapped at 399 on Monday.

Fielder, who hasn’t missed a game since Sept. 14, 2010, enters Thursday’s series opener against Minnesota having played in 217 straight games.

“I don’t want to take anything away from Matt because he’s a good friend, but, yeah, it’s important to me,” he said.

It’s the second time in Fielder’s eight-year career that he has carried the consecutive games-played streak. And, this time, he plans to keep it for a while.

“I take pride it,” he said. “It’s not really a milestone that I’m trying to reach, but I just feel like I should be in the lineup every day because that’s my job.

“That’s what I get paid to do.”

Fielder previously owned the consecutive games-play streak when he went 327 straight games with Milwaukee between Sept. 4, 2008 and Sept. 13, 2010.

The streak came to an end after he was struck with flu-like symptoms, which he contracted from his two sons. He remembered being hooked up to IV drip prior to the game in a last-ditch effort to play, but said the virus was too tough to kick.

“My kids are the ones that got me sick,” he said. “My wife called me and told me they were ill, and I just said, ‘Oh, man — this is how it ends?’”

If Fielder were to have appeared in the game on Sept. 13, 2010, his consecutive games-played streak would currently be at 543 straight games.

Hall of Famer Cal Ripken owns the record after playing in 2,632 consecutive games during a 14-year span.

“Not to take anything away from first basemen, but I think it’s not as difficult to play every day because there’s not as much action,” Fielder said. “What Matt did was impressive.”

Fielder is being trailed by Cincinnati’s Joey Votto (161), Boston’s Dustin Pedroia (135) and Seattle’s Ichiro Suzuki (135).

Prince Fielder & Detroit Tigers Agee To 9-Year, $214 Million Deal

Prince Fielder reportedly agreed to a nine-year, $214 million contract with the Tigers on Tuesday, joining Miguel Cabrera to give Detroit an explosive one-two punch in the middle of its lineup.

The Tigers have not commented on or confirmed the multiple reports. Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com first reported on the agreement.

The reported terms would give the deal an average annual value of $23.78 million, just shy of the $24 million annual average of the $10-year, $240 million contract Albert Pujols signed with the Angels last month and about $1.22 million less than that of the five-year, $125 million extension the Phillies’ Ryan Howard signed in April 2010.

Fielder, 27, has hit 230 home runs in his Major League career of six-plus seasons, all spent with the Milwaukee Brewers before he became a free agent this offseason. He hit 38 home runs with 120 RBIs last year and finished third in the voting for National League Most Valuable Player for the second time in his career.

The left-handed-hitting first baseman presumably will bat fourth behind Cabrera, who led the Majors last season with a .344 batting average, .448 on-base percentage and 48 doubles.

The Tigers last week lost their primary designated hitter, Victor Martinez, to a torn ACL in his left knee. He is expected to miss the season. Presumably, Fielder will play first base and Cabrera will mostly DH. Cabrera played third base and left field during his first five Major League seasons with the Marlins.

The Nationals, Rangers and Orioles all were reported to have interest in Fielder, who will sign a contract quite late in the offseason, given that Spring Training camps open in mid-February. Washington and a “mystery team” were said to have been finalists by CBSSports.com.

Fielder is a three-time All-Star. He hit 50 home runs in 2007 and led the Majors in RBIs with 141 in 2009. He has missed one game in the past three seasons.

Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said he surmised that the Tigers could be players for Fielder after the injury to Martinez.

“You only have to have one team, two teams involved,” Melvin said “Prince is a very valued player, and we would have loved to have him [longer] but we didn’t have that money. [Agent Scott Boras] got a deal that he likes and it looks like a pretty good deal for Prince.”

As Odd As It Sounds, The St. Louis Cardinals Have Home Field Advantage In The World Series Because Of Prince Fielder

As Odd As It Sounds, The St. Louis Cardinals Have Home Field Advantage In The World Series Because Of Prince Fielder

It’s true.

And it is one of baseball’s worst rules…

You see, Prince Fielder was the All-Star Game MVP back in July.  His performance was the main reason that the NL secured victory in the mid-summer classic.

That victory gave the National League home field advantage in the World Series.

So, if you follow that timeline all of the way through, Prince just gave the team that defeated his Milwaukee Brewers an advantage in the World Series.

The St. Louis Cardinals should send him a ‘Thank You’ note, don’t you think??  At the very least, right??

Oh, in my opinion, this rule happens to be the worst one that Bud Selig has put into place during his tenure as commissioner of MLB.  I am not a Selig-basher, but this one is just plain awful…

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Players I Would Like To Watch Take Batting Practice’

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Players I Would Like To Watch Take Batting Practice’

I love the tradition of batting practice.  I love that guys still feel like they have to get into the cage to sharpen their skills.

And while I have seen my share of BP during Spring Training, I have never had the chance to witness BP at a major league park.

So, for this week’s ‘Top Ten List’, I will offer up to you the top ten players that I would like to watch take BP today.

ANd the list is not going to be composed of just home run hitters, although there are many on here that are.  My list is of the guys that I think are becoming of have become masters of hitting – and I would like to watch them do their thing.

Honorable Mention – Josh Hamilton, Robinson Cano, Ryan Howard, David Ortiz, Jose Bautista, Brian McCann, Carlos Pena, Adrian Gonzalez, and Adam Dunn.

And now onto the ‘Top Ten’:

10 – Josh Johnson.  I know that he is a pitcher, but he is a powerful hitter too.  I have seen him launch some longballs in live games, he has to be fun to watch taking 60 mile per hour pitches in BP.

9 – Evan Longoria.  He packs a mighty swing, and he can hit to all areas of the park.

8 – Ichiro.  The greatest hitter in the game since Tony Gwynn.  I am thinking that he can point to a location and hit the ball to that spot pretty well; a la Babe Ruth!

7 – Hanley Ramirez.  While slumping horribly this season, I know that he hits the ball very hard when he connects.

6 – Jayson Heyward.  If what I have heard is true, nobody hits the ball harder than this young guy.  And when Hank Aaron says that, I pay attention!!

5 – Ryan Braun.  Possibly the most underrated hitter in the sport, Braun is rapidly becoming one of the best hitters in the National League.  And he is a threat for 30 home runs every year too…

4 – Alex Rodriguez.  I’d love to see what he is able to do at this stage of his career.  He still puts up solid numbers, just not the numbers he once did.  I’d also love to see him in the HR Derby – I think he still has what it takes to contend for the title.

3 – Albert Pujols.  I’ll take the Pujols with a healthy arm, not a broken one please.  I would love to see this guy taking BP – can you imagine the bombs he launches when he’s getting 60 mile per hour balls tossed to him?  WHOA!!

2 – Mike Stanton.  I watch a lot of Marlins games and this guys crushes the ball.  He strikes out a lot too, but when he makes solid contact, the ball sails.  He is a future Home Run league leader – trust me!

1 – Prince Fielder.  I consider Prince to be the greatest showman in the sport today.  He has a lot of personality, and his performance backs up his persona.  And for a big guy, he always hovers around that .300 mark too, which is very impressive!!

And there you have it!!!

Did I miss any one?  Let me hear it!!

Oh, and before I forget – There will be no ‘Top Ten List’ next Sunday night.  It is a very special day at ’30-YOC’ so the ‘Top Ten’ will be skipping a week.  Make sure you stop by to see why….

‘On The Road With psuGator02′ – Milwaukee Brewers – June 4&5, 2011

‘On The Road With psuGator02′ – Milwaukee Brewers – June 4, 2011

Marlins vs. Brewers
Sun Life Stadium
Saturday, May 4
Miami Gardens

POSTGAME AT BUS

RICKIE WEEKS: 2/2 help (’09 Ginters) in blue Sharpie
PRINCE FIELDER: 1/1 help (’08 Ginter) in blue Sharpie
COREY HART: 1/1 help (’08 Ginter) in blue Sharpie
MICHAEL IRVIN: I had great info on him throwing out the first pitch but missed him arriving by five minutes and missed him departing by 40 minutes.
BOB UECKER: 0/1…Graphers pissed him off so much last year or maybe it was the year before that he doesn’t even acknowledge you

MORAL OF THE DAY: You’d be surprised at the nice arrangements that come to you when you’re nice to people.

Marlins vs. Brewers
Sun Life Stadium
noon-6 p.m.
Sunday, May 5
Miami Gardens

PREGAME BEHIND DUGOUT

CRAIG COUNSELL: 1/2 (’97 Marlins’ program) in blue Sharpie…..not a soul wanted him but he couldn’t do the second?

POSTGAME AT BUS

CARLOS GOMEZ: 1/1 (’08 Ginter) in blue Sharpie, 1/1 help (’08 Ginter) in blue Sharpie
YUNIESKY BETANCOURT: 1/1 (’08 Ginter) in blue Sharpie
SERGIO MITRE: 1/1 (’03 Marlins’ team photo)….Already had Willis, Uggla, Hanley Jacobs, Cabrera, Olivo and JWill, and Mitre was the last one I needed. Piece looks sweet
RYAN BRAUN: 1/1 help (’08 Ginter) in blue Sharpie…he wouldn’t do it outside the gate but he did it inside the gate 🙂
CASEY McGEHEE: 1/1 (SS, ROMLB) in blue ink