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Happy Birthday Johnny Damon!!!

Happy Birthday Johnny Damon!!!

Johnny Damon turns 41 years old today.

While Johnny Damon is not named with the sport’s greatest players, he has certainly put himself into the category of ‘Winner’.  And some of the sport’s biggest stars cannot make that claim.

Relatively unknown until he joined the Red Sox, Damon was a quiet player that toiled around in both Kansas City and Oakland for the first 7 years of his career.  During that time, her perfected his craft as a solid hitter with a knack for collecting doubles and stolen bases.

When Damon arrived in Boston in 2002, his ability on the field as well as personality shined and he soon became a fan favorite.  Damon helped the Sox win the World Series title in 2004 and his new-found fame garnered him 2 All-Star team selections and MVP consideration.

Damon moved on to the Yankees in 2006, and again he helped them reach the pinnacle of the sport in 2009 as the Yankees collected another World Series title.

Johnny Damon has proven to be a very skilled baseball player.  His consistency on offense is remarkable, and his time in the major leagues has been relatively injury free – a true credit to a player that played as hard as he did!

Here’s to Johnny Damon!!  Happy Birthday!!!

Happy Birthday Manny Ramirez!!!

Happy Birthday Manny Ramirez!!!

Manny Ramirez turns 41 years old today.

One of the most exciting players to have suited up over the last thirty years, Manny Ramirez blended the perfect amount of contact hitting, power hitting, and clutch hitting into his repertoire that made him a lot of fun to watch.

Unfortunately, suspension for the use of illegal performance enhancing drugs tarnished his image almost overnight and Manny went from being heralded as one of the game’s greatest offensive talents to a joke rather quickly.  A second suspension for the same infraction almost surely ended his route to the Hall of Fame and immediately changed the way he was viewed by the sport and its fans.

A 1-time shoe-in for the 3,000 hits club, the 600 home runs club, and the Hall of Fame, Ramirez is not battling for his image; an image that has been destroyed by failing two drug tests for steroids.

We wish you well Manny.  Thank you for the fun times while they lasted – it was a blast.

Happy Birthday!!

2013 Topps Update ‘Postseason Heroes’ Subset – Evan Longoria

2013 Topps Update ‘Postseason Heroes’ Subset – Evan Longoria

The 2013 Topps Update baseball card set includes a subset tagged as ‘Postseason Heroes.  And with that theme, you would expect to find cards of modern players like Albert Pujols, Edgar Renteria, and Pablo Sandoval but none of these guys made the checklist.

That does leave room for some nice surprises…

This is the card of Evan Longoria from the set:

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While he has yet to win a World Series title, Evan Longoria has certainly provided his share of highlights in postseason play.

Longo has been a major factor in the success of the Tampa Bay Rays and their ability to land in the postseason.  In his first six seasons in the majors, the Rays have been to the playoffs four times and to the World Series once.

In postseason play, Longoria has not hit the ball at the same level he has during the regular season, but when he does connect – it counts.  In 30 games, Longo has launched 9 home runs while driving in 21 runs and scoring 16 times.

With the right pieces around him, Longoria could very well be a future World Series MVP.

 

 

Tampa’s Wil Myers Captures The 2013 American League Rookie Of The Year Award

Tampa’s Will Myers Captures The 2013 American League Rookie Of The Year Award

By Roger Mooney, Tampa Tribune

ORLANDO – Wil Myers became the third player in Tampa Bay Rays history to be named the American League Rookie of the Year when the announcement was made Monday evening.

Myers joins Evan Longoria (2008) and Jeremy Hellickson (2011) as top rookies chosen by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s vote.

Detroit shortstop Jose Iglesias finished second and Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer was third in the voting, which was conducted by two BBWAA members in each American League city.

Myers, the centerpiece of the December trade that sent pitchers James Shields and Wade Davis to the Kansas city Royals for the right fielder and three prospects, certainly lived up to his hype. The 2012 consensus minor league player of the year joined the Rays on June 18 to help their sagging offense. The Rays, 36-33 at the time of Myers’s call-up, were 56-38 after he joined the team.

The 22-year-old Myers played 88 games this season, the fewest by a position player to be named rookie of the year. He batted .293 with 13 home runs and 53 RBI.

Yet he led the Rays in RBI (53), runs (50), on-base percentage (.354), and slugging percentage (.478) from June 18 through he remainder of the season.

Myers hit .310 with 10 doubles, two home runs and 11 RBIs as the Rays reached the postseason by winning 14 of their final 19 games.

Myers and Archer became the sixth and seventh Rays to finish in the top four in the voting.

Delmon Young was second in 2007. Jeff Niemann (2009) and Wade Davis (2010) were both fourth.

 

Happy Birthday Johnny Damon!!!

Happy Birthday Johnny Damon!!!

Johnny Damon turns 40 years old today.

While Johnny Damon is not named with the sport’s greatest players, he has certainly put himself into the category of ‘Winner’.  And some of the sport’s biggest stars cannot make that claim.

Relatively unknown until he joined the Red Sox, Damon was a quiet player that toiled around in both Kansas City and Oakland for the first 7 years of his career.  During that time, her perfected his craft as a solid hitter with a knack for collecting doubles and stolen bases.

When Damon arrived in Boston in 2002, his ability on the field as well as personality shined and he soon became a fan favorite.  Damon helped the Sox win the World Series title in 2004 and his new-found fame garnered him 2 All-Star team selections and MVP consideration.

Damon moved on to the Yankees in 2006, and again he helped them reach the pinnacle of the sport in 2009 as the Yankees collected another World Series title.

Johnny Damon has proven to be a very skilled baseball player.  His consistency on offense is remarkable, and his time in the major leagues has been relatively injury free – a true credit to a player that plays as hard as he does!!!

Here’s to Johnny Damon!!  Happy Birthday!!!

Happy Birthday Manny Ramirez!!!

Happy Birthday Manny Ramirez!!!

Manny Ramirez turns 40 years old today.

One of the most exciting players to have suited up over the last twenty years.  Ramirez blended the perfect amount of contact hitting, power hitting, and clutch hitting into his repertoire that made him a lot of fun to watch.

Unfortunately, suspension for the use of illegal performance enhancing drugs tarnished his image almost overnight and Manny went from being heralded as one of the game’s greatest offensive talents to a joke rather quickly.  A second suspension for the same infraction almost surely ended his route to the Hall of Fame and immediately changed the way he was viewed by the sport and its fans.

A 1-time shoe-in for the 3,000 hits club, the 600 home runs club, and the Hall of Fame, Ramirez is not battling for his image; an image that has been destroyed by failing two drug tests for steroids.

We wish you well Manny.  Thank you for the fun times while they lasted – it was a blast.

Happy Birthday!!

Evan Longoria 2012 Topps Archives ‘Deckle Edge’

Evan Longoria 2012 Topps Archives ‘Deckle Edge’

I fully understand why Topps would put a player like Evan Longoria in a set like this.

Longoria came out of the gate with an incredible impact on his Tampa Bay Rays team.  As a rookie, he showed tremendous promise, and the Rays did the right thing by locking him up to a long-term deal very quickly.

Since then, Longo has been an All-Star, been to the World Series, and has provided his share of career defining moments.

Now, he just needs to revert back to what he once was and get himself back into the elite status he had as one of the best third basemen in the sport.

VINTAGE LONGORIA DECKLE