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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

Did You Know…

Carl Crawford, of the Los Angeles Dodgers, has led the league in stolen bases more than any other active player in major league baseball.  Crawford led the AL in steals for four consecutive seasons, from 2003 through 2007.

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2012 Topps ‘Career Day’ Subset – Card #13 – Evan Longoria, Tampa Rays

2012 Topps ‘Career Day’ Subset – Card #13 – Evan Longoria, Tampa Rays

I am working on this set because I find it to be the most appealing of the subsets issued by Topps in 2012.

The cards feature bold colors, great images, and a unique horizontal design.

I especially like the ‘Career Day’ theme as it pays homage to some of the greatest individual performances of baseball’s elite players.

Card #13 – Evan Longoria

CAREER DAY 13

The Career Day – September 28, 2011.  Longoria put his Rays team on his back in this game.  With the team trailing 7-0, Longoria hit a 3-run home run to chip away at the lead and then a walk-off home run that advanced the Rays into the 2011 baseball playoffs.  On the day Longoria was 2-for-5 with 2 home runs, 4 RBI, and the greatest home run in Tampa Rays history.

Progress – 13/25

Rays Lock Up 3B Evan Longoria With $100 Million Extension Through 2022

From MLB.com

ST. PETERSBURG — Ever proactive, the Tampa Bay Rays agreed Monday with Evan Longoria on a contract extension that could keep the All-Star third baseman in a Rays uniform through the 2023 season.

Longoria’s new contract incorporates the salaries for 2013-16 from his original contract and extends six more years through 2022 for an additional $100 million. The deal includes a club option for 2023.

“We drafted Evan in 2006 with the belief that he and the organization would grow with each other and together accomplish great things,” Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg said. “That is why the Rays and Evan signed a long-term contract in 2008, and it is why we are extending our commitments today. Evan has clearly become a cornerstone player and a fixture in our organization. We are proud of what we have accomplished these past seven years, and I expect the best is yet to come.”

The 27-year-old Longoria is a three-time American League All-Star, two-time Rawlings AL Gold Glove winner at third base and was the 2008 AL Rookie of the Year. After five Major League seasons, he already ranks second on the Rays’ all-time list with 130 home runs, third with 456 RBIs and fourth with 161 doubles. Longoria is one of 11 active players to average at least 25 home runs and 90 RBIs over his first five seasons.

“Evan has all of the attributes we seek in a player,” Rays executive vice president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said. “His determination and work ethic inspire others around him. He is devoted to his craft and strives to improve himself every year, and he defines success in terms of team performance and achievement. It’s exciting to know that Evan will be manning third base for the Rays for many years to come.”

In 2012, Longoria was limited to 74 games due to a partially torn left hamstring which he suffered on April 30. Despite missing more than half of the season, he hit .289 with 17 home runs, 55 RBIs, a .369 on-base percentage and .527 slugging percentage. He batted .358 with runners in scoring position. The Rays were 41-44 during Longoria’s absence, but went 47-27 with him in the starting lineup. The Rays scored nearly a run more per game during his time on the active roster (4.8 to 3.9)

After being reinstated from the disabled list on Aug. 7, Longoria started 51 of the team’s remaining 54 games (26 at third base, 25 at designated hitter). In September and October, he hit .296 with eight home runs — five of which gave the Rays a lead — and slugged three home runs in the regular-season finale Oct. 3 vs. the Baltimore Orioles.

The Rays selected Longoria with the third overall pick in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft, making him the first player drafted under Sternberg and Friedman. On April 18, 2008, only six games into his Major League career, the Rays signed him to a multiyear contract worth a guaranteed $17.5 million over six years and potentially $44 million over nine seasons, including the club options for 2014 through 2016.

Longoria underwent a minor procedure on his left hamstring on Tuesday and is expected to be fully recovered for Spring Training.