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Happy Birthday Ryne Sandberg!!!

Happy Birthday Ryne Sandberg!!!

Ryne Sandberg turns 55 years old today!!

One of the greatest offensive infielders to have played the game, Sandberg is a Hall of Famer and fan favorite.

And in the city of Chicago he is still as loved today as he was during his playing days with the team that started more than 25 years ago.

Sandberg is currently managing the Philadelphia Phillies as he took over for Charlie Manuel a few seasons ago.  I wish him well in his quest to return the Phillies back to the top of the NL East and into the playoffs.  I just hope that he does not do it at the expense of my Marlins…

Go Get ‘Em Ryno!!!  Happy Birthday!!!

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1982 HEADLINE: Cubs Obtain Phillies’ Ryne Sandberg

1982 HEADLINE: Cubs Obtain Phillies’ Ryne Sandberg

On this day in 1982, Ryne Sandberg became a Chicago Cub.

The Cubs sent Ivan DeJesus to the Phillies for Sandberg and Larry Bowa.  Prior to the trade, Sandberg played in 21 games for the Phillies and made 6 plate appearances.  For the record he has 1 hit as a Phillie and a batting average of .167.

What the Cubs got over the next 15 major league seasons was brilliance.  Sandberg immediately filled a void at second base and quickly became the star and leader of the team.  With excellent defense, superb base running, and skill at the plate, Sandberg’s talents made #23 a fan favorite very quickly.

During his time in Chicago Ryne Sandberg was a 10-time All-star, 9-time Gold Glove winner, and a 7-time winner of the Silver Slugger trophy.  He also won the National League MVP award in 1984 due to his .314 batting average, 200 hits, 114 runs scored, 19 triples, 19 home runs, 84 RBI, and 32 stolen bases.

Sandberg was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2005.  His #23 waves proudly in the air above Wrigley Field!!!

Thank you Philadelphia!!!

1984 HEADLINE: Ryne Sandberg Is First Cubs’ MVP Since 1959!!!

1984 HEADLINE: Ryne Sandberg Is First Cubs’ MVP Since 1959!!!

On this day in 1984, Chicago Cubs’ second baseman Ryne Sandberg won the National League’s MVP award.  He was the first Cubs player to win the award since Ernie Banks did it in 1959.

Sandberg captured 22 of the 24 first place votes cast.

His incredible numbers included – .314 batting average, 200 hits, 36 doubles, 19 triples, 19 home runs, 32 stolen bases, 84 RBI, and 114 runs scored.  Sandberg also walked away with an All-Star game selection, a Gold Glove Award, and a Silver Slugger Award.

Happy Anniversary Ryno!!!

‘Hall Of Fame Debate’ – Joe Morgan VS Ryne Sandberg

‘Hall Of Fame Debate’ – Joe Morgan VS Ryne Sandberg

As we wrap up ‘Joe Morgan Day’ here at 30-Year Old Cardboard, I though it would be only proper to include him in tonight’s ‘Hall of Fame Debate’.

So tonight, we will put the greatest second baseman from the 1970’s against the greatest second baseman from the 1980’s: Joe Morgan VS Ryne Sandberg!!!

Here is a statistical look at their careers:

Morgan Sandberg
Seasons 22 16
Games 2,649 2,164
Hits 2,517 2,386
200 Hit Seasons 0 1
150-199 Hit Seasons 7 10
Batting Average 0.271 0.285
.300+ Seasons 2 5
Batting Titles 0 0
On-Base % 0.392 0.344
.400 On-Base Seasons 9 0
Walks Drawn 1,865 761
Strikeouts 1,015 1260
Doubles 449 403
Triples 96 76
Home Runs 268 282
Stolen Bases 689 344
Runs Scored 1,650 1,318
RBI 1,133 1,061
100-RBI Seasons 1 2
All-Star 10 10
Gold Glove 5 9
Silver Slugger 1 7
ROY 0 0
MVP 2 1
Postseasons 7 2
WS Titles 2 0

Both guys are extremely accomplished players.

Here are a few standout points for me when comparing them head-to-head:

  • Sandberg averaged quite a few more hits a year than Morgan
  • Very surprised to see 5 .300 or better seasons out of Sandberg
  • Morgan’s On-Base % is stellar!
  • Morgan’s walks drawn is unreal
  • Morgan’s strikeouts per season is really strong
  • Sandberg’s HR’s did not always translate to RBI success

Ultimately, this match-up looks a lot closer on paper than I think it actually is.  Joe Morgan epitomized what his team needed from him – a guy that could get on base and disrupt the pitcher’s concentration so Tony Perez and Johnny Bench could generate runs.  Sandberg on the other hand, had the tools to do what Morgan did (probably on a bit of a lesser scale), but he also had the power to be the one responsible for the production of runs too.  Ultimately, the rosters he played on may not have been the  best to showcase what he could do.

One thing that deserves mention – the Silver Slugger Award.  The award began in 1980, and Morgan snagged one in the twilight of his career.  Had the award started in 1970, I think it is a safe bet that he would have as many as, if not more, than Sandberg and the 7 he owns.

So, who is the better?  Who wins the debate tonight?

For me, it is a no-brainer – Joe Morgan all the way!!

Morgan filled his role to perfection for the Reds.  His defense was huge, and his ability to get on base and ruin the opposition’s gameplan on a nightly basis was much greater than that of Sandberg.  With Sandberg, you may not want to face him with a man in scoring position of a tight game, but with Morgan, you NEVER wanted to face him – period!

Morgan.Sandberg

Who gets your vote?  This one puts the best of one decade versus the best of another decade.  And I am eager to hear what you have to say!!

Let’s Go!!!

Happy Birthday Ryne Sandberg!!!

Happy Birthday Ryne Sandberg!!!

Ryne Sandberg turns 54 years old today!!

One of the greatest offensive infielders to have played the game, Sandberg is a Hall of Famer and fan favorite.

And in the city of Chicago he is still as loved today as he was during his playing days with the team that started more than 25 years ago.

Sandberg is currently managing the Philadelphia Phillies as he took over for Charlie Manuel earlier in the season.  I hope he gets to keep the job entering the 2014 campaign as I would like to see how he and the Phillies do with him as the leader of the team from the start of Spring Training.

Go Get ‘Em Ryno!!!  Happy Birthday!!!

Hall Of Fame Debate: PICK ONE: Ryne Sandberg OR Jeff Kent

Hall Of Fame Debate: PICK ONE: Ryne Sandberg OR Jeff Kent

For the first time, Jeff Kent will appear on the Hall of Fame ballot in 2014.  And while we still have more than eight months to wait to see who ultimately is elected among the new/repeat players in that group, this week we will focus on the career of Jeff Kent.

And as I like to do, I will compare Kent to a player that I feel he matches up well against.  This time around, that player is former Cubs’ second baseman and Hall of Famer, Ryne Sandberg.

Like Sandberg, Kent was tops among second baseman during his playing days, so this should be a fun comparison.

Let’s get right down to it.  Here is a side-by-side:

  Kent Sandberg
Seasons 17 16
Games 2,298 2,164
On-Base % 0.356 0.344
Batting Average 0.29 0.285
Hits 2,461 2,386
200-hit seasons 0 1
150-hit seasons 7 9
Doubles 560 403
Triples 47 76
Home Runs 377 282
40+ HR seasons 0 1
30-39 HR seasons 3 1
RBI 1,518 1,061
100-RBI seasons 8 2
30 HR / 100 RBI seasons 3 1
Runs scored 1,320 1,318
Stolen bases 94 344
All-Star 5 10
Gold Glove 0 9
Silver Slugger 4 7
MVP 1 1
Postseasons 7 2
World Series appearances 1 0
World Series wins 0 0

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When looking at these numbers, there are quite a few similarities in their career totals.  And there are some drastic differences too.

Sandberg was a more accomplished base stealer, defender, and appears to have been a more popular player based on his 10 All-Star Game selections.

Kent was the greater slugger and run producer of the duo – easily out-distancing himself from Sandberg in home runs and run production.  Kent also appeared in the playoffs seven times compared to Sandberg’s two times.

Jeff Kent Photo

So, that takes me to this week’s ‘Hall of Fame Debate’, and it is two-fold – (1)If you had to choose the better player based on his career accomplishments, who would you choose? (2) Is Jeff Kent worthy of Hall of Fame induction?

For me, when comparing the two, I can go back and forth quite a bit.  While their on-base and hitting numbers are eerily similar, there are major parts of their offensive game that are not.  Sandberg was much faster on the base paths than Kent, easily outpacing Kent’s career stolen bases by a ratio of more than 5:1.  The same could be said for Kent’s power production – his doubles, home run, and run production is much stronger than what Sandberg offered.  This could have a lot to do with where the player spent his prime years in the batting order on his team, but with the numbers so far apart, it is clear that Kent was more of a threat to drive the ball and knock in runs than Sandberg.

After careful, and exhaustive review, I believe that the better all-around player was Ryne Sandberg.  His base stealing and defense separate him from Kent, and those two parts of the game are simply impossible to ignore.  If I wanted one player at the plate with a man on second in a tied game, I would select Kent every time, but as far as what the player provided to his team, Sandberg was simply able to offer more due to his base running ability and defensive skills.

And now onto the conversation about Kent’s Hall of Fame future…

When I think about the greatest second baseman of the last 40 years, Jeff Kent’s name certainly creeps into the conversation.  And to be honest – there are not that many standout players for that position.  I believe that they all take a back seat to Joe Morgan, but after that you can say that Sandberg or Roberto Alomar or Jeff Kent is next.  And at some point in the near future, the name of Robinson Cano may be part of that conversation too.

Ultimately, I think that Jeff Kent will gain Hall of Fame induction, and I am on board with that.  He had a very solid 17-season career that included 7 playoff appearances.  He took certain aspects of offense to another level that no other second baseman has, and that should be recognized.

While not someone who I would select on his ‘First Ballot’, I endorse Jeff Kent for Hall of Fame induction!!!

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What do you think?  Who is the more accomplished player – Jeff Kent OR Ryne Sandberg?  And while you’re at it, tell me if you feel that Jeff Kent is worthy of Hall of Fame induction.

Thanks for reading.  Have a great night!!

1982 HEADLINE: Cubs Obtain Phillies’ Ryne Sandberg

1982 HEADLINE: Cubs Obtain Phillies’ Ryne Sandberg

On this day in 1982, Ryne Sandberg became a Chicago Cub.

The Cubs sent Ivan DeJesus to the Phillies for Sandberg and Larry Bowa.  Prior to the trade, Sandberg played in 21 games for the Phillies and made 6 plate appearances.  For the record he has 1 hit as a Phillie and a batting average of .167.

What the Cubs got over the next 15 major league seasons was brilliance.  Sandberg immediately filled a void at second base and quickly became the star and leader of the team.  With excellent defense, superb base running, and skill at the plate, Sandberg’s talents made #23 a fan favorite very quickly.

During his time in Chicago Ryne Sandberg was a 10-time All-star, 9-time Gold Glove winner, and a 7-time winner of the Silver Slugger trophy.  He also won the National League MVP award in 1984 due to his .314 batting average, 200 hits, 114 runs scored, 19 triples, 19 home runs, 84 RBI, and 32 stolen bases. 

Sandberg was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2005.  His #23 waves proudly in the air above Wrigley Field!!!

Thank you Philadelphia!!!