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Happy Birthday Cecil Fielder!!!

Happy Birthday Cecil Fielder!!!

Cecil Fielder turns 51 years old today!!

As mighty of a power hitter as there ever has been, Cecil Fielder is the owner of some of the biggest, and longest home runs hit in the last 30 years!!

To say he is known for one thing is a fair statement.  That happens when you bash 51, 44, 35, 30, 38, 31, and 39 home runs in consecutive seasons.  But Fielder’s game was a bit more well-rounded than his power numbers may hint at.  ‘Big Daddy’ had 7 straight seasons with at least 100 hits or more and he also had two seasons where he scored 100+ runs.

Cecil Fielder is a 3-time All-Star, 2-time Silver Slugger winner, and a World Series champion.

Happy Birthday Cecil Fielder!!!

Happy Birthday Tim Raines!!!

Happy Birthday Tim Raines!!!

Tm Raines turns 55 years old today!!

One of the scrappiest and most entertaining players to debut during the 1980’s, Tim Raines was magical on a baseball field.

I don’t know if it was because he was undersized (5 feet, 8 inches tall), but Tim Raines dominated baseball games to most people’s surprise.

Raines had a knack for contact hitting and he retired with a .294 lifetime average alongside 2,605 hits.  And on the base paths he was a monster.  One of the sport’s greatest runners, Raines has 808 career stolen bases and he has also scored 1,571 runs.

A constant threat to win the league’s MVP award and a 7-time All-star, Tim Raines was a steady contributor to each of the 7 teams he played with during his 23-year career.

Yet, Tim Raines is still a player that is hardly collected in today’s hobby.  And he is rarely celebrated in baseball.  Much of this has to do with his best years as a professional be ing played in Montreal for the Expos.

Happy Birthday ‘Rock’!!!

1975 Topps Set Card 206/660 – #531 – Cincinnati Reds Team Card

1975 Topps Set Card 206/660 – #531 – Cincinnati Reds Team Card

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Card Number:  531

Team:  Cincinnati Reds

Manager: Sparky Anderson

Notes From The 1975 Season:  The Cincinnati Reds were an offensive powerhouse in 1975.  Led by three future Hall of Famers and several other top-notch hitters, the Reds scored a ton of runs, 840 to be exact which was 254 more than their opposition.  The Reds had a record of 108-54 in 1975, winning their division by 20 games.  The dove into the playoffs full of steam and wound up winning the World Series 4 games to 3 over the Boston Red Sox.

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1975 Topps Set Card 175/660 – #17 – Dave Concepcion, Reds

1975 Topps Set Card 175/660 – #17 – Dave Concepcion, Reds

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Player Name:  Dave Concepcion

Team:  Cincinnati Reds

Position:  Shortstop

Image Style:  Posed Batting

Years In The Major Leagues:  19 seasons, 1970-88

Notes From His 1975 Season:   Dave Concepcion played in 140 games for the Reds in 1975.  He hit .274 on the year with 139 hits in 507 at-bats.  Concepcion stole 33 bases in 1975 en route to scoring 62 runs.  He was named as an All-Star in 1975 and also won a Gold Glove Award for defensive excellence at shortstop.

Notes From Career:  A superb defender at shortstop, Concepcion helped anchor one of the most talented infields in all of baseball’s history. For his incredible defensive efforts, Concepcion won 6 Gold Glove awards in a 7-year span.  A career .267 hitter, he collected 2,326 hits. Fleet on his feet, Concepcion scored 993 runs for the Reds while also stealing 321 bases. Other impressive offensive stats include 950 RBI, 389 doubles, 101 home runs, and 48 triples.

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Happy Birthday Dave Concepcion!!!

Happy Birthday Dave Concepcion!!!

Dave Concepcion turns 66 years old today.

Dave Concepcion’s major league career lasted 19 seasons. And all of them came as a member of the Cincinnati Reds.

A superb defender at shortstop, Concepcion helped anchor one of the most talented infields in all of baseball’s history. For his incredible defensive efforts, Concepcion won 6 Gold Glove awards in a 7-year span.

A career .267 hitter, he collected 2,326 hits. Fleet on his feet, Concepcion scored 993 runs for the Reds while also stealing 321 bases. Other impressive offensive stats include 950 RBI, 389 doubles, 101 home runs, and 48 triples.

Concepcion was named as a National League All-star 9 times. He also won back-to-back Silver Slugger trophies in 1981 & 1982.

Dave Concepcion’s brilliant play at shortstop along with his speed and ability to get on base helped the Cincinnati Reds win World Series titles in 1975 & 1976.

Happy Birthday Mr. Concepcion!!!

1975 Topps Set Card 97/660 – #550 – Ralph Garr, Braves

1975 Topps Set Card 97/660 – #550 – Ralph Garr, Braves

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Player Name:  Ralph Garr

Card Number:  550

Team:  Atlanta Braves

Position:  Outfield

Image Style:  In-Game Action

Years In The Major Leagues:  13 seasons, 1968-80

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Ralph Garr had a solid season in 1975.  He played in 151 games for the Braves and posted a batting average of .278 with an on-base percentage of .327.  He paced the NL with 11 triples on the year and also led the league in intentional walks with 17.  Garr scored 87 runs for the Braves while also stealing 14 bases.

Notes From Career:  Always a threat on the base paths, Ralph Garr stole 172 bases during his big league career en route to 717 runs scored.  He is a career .306 hitter with 1,562 career hits.  Garr was named as an NL All-Star in 1974.

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1996 HEADLINE: Cecil Fielder Captures First Stolen Base Of His Big League Career

1996 HEADLINE: Cecil Fielder Captures First Stolen Base Of His Big League Career

On this day back in 1996 Cecil Fielder stole the first base of his major league career!!!

It took 1,097 games, but he finally did it.

Congratulations Big Daddy!!!

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Hall Of Fame Debate: Assessing Tim Raines’ Vote Tally From His 7th Ballot

Hall Of Fame Debate: Assessing Tim Raines’ Vote Tally From His 7th Ballot

When the 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame voting was announced, I was pretty eager to see how Tim Raines’ vote went after the shutout from 2013’s voting.

And after achieving 52.2% of the vote in 2013, I was hoping that Raines would creep up to 60% with the vote from 2014.

But, the opposite happened – he dropped.  From 297 votes to 263.  For Tim Raines, and his fans, this is not a good sign.

Raines is one of the most accomplished offensive players left on the Hall of Fame ballot, but he has some serious competition from his peers.  Guys like Craig Biggio, Mike Piazza, and Jeff Bagwell are all taking votes from him.  And as long as players like Edgar Martinez and Alan Trammell remain on the ballot, they too will take votes from Raines.

Will his vote tallies over the next 7-8 years increase enough for him to gain the needed 75% for enshrinement?  Sadly, it is not looking good.

Raines has never seen a ‘big bump’ in votes on any of his ballots.  And between the solid competition for votes that he is currently facing, and with some of the names on the horizon that will surely grab votes and attention, Raines may be instantly thrown into a Dale Murphy or Jack Morris position – highly respected, but not elected.

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What do you think?  Will a big bump in votes head his way in the coming years or are there too many qualified players on the ballot for him to truly make a move toward 75%?

What are your thoughts?

Did You Know…

At the conclusion of the 1980 major league regular season, eight different players stole 60 or more bases – the most in the 20th century.

Rickey Henderson – 100
Ron LeFlore – 97
Omar Moreno – 96
Willie Wilson – 79
Dave Collins – 79
Rodney Scott – 63
Gene Richards – 61
Miguel Dilone – 61

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1990 Headline: Tim Raines Traded To Chicago White Sox!

1990 Headline: Tim Raines Traded To Chicago White Sox!

During the offseason of 1990, Tim Raines was shipped off to the Chicago White Sox after 12 seasons with the Montreal Expos.  In typical Expos form, it was out with the old and in with the new.  The Expos had a talented crop of young rookies in the early 1990’s and wanted to give them playing time so they dumped their veterans – including their 7-time All-star Raines.

During his 12 years with Montreal, Raines shined as one of the game’s best lead-off hitters.  With a solid, and decade-long .300 batting average, Raines was the ideal guy to start each game with the goal of igniting his team’s offense.  And boy did he deliver…  With the Expos, Raines collected 634 stolen bases while scoring 934 runs.  He also developed a knack for driving in runs as he collected 552 RBI while batting lead-off.  He even hit 96 home runs!!!

Montreal’s loss eventually became the White Sox, Yankees, A’s, Marlins, and Orioles gain as Tim Raines was a classy ballplayer both on and off the field!!!