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Did You Know…

After being the fourth player selected during the 1984 amateur baseball draft, Cory Snyder connected for 24, 33, and 26 home runs in his first three seasons with the Cleveland Indians.

Cory Snyder

‘On The Road With psugator02’ – May 7, 2010

‘On The Road With psugator02’ – May 7, 2010

Brito HS at Florida Memorial
Regional baseball tournament
3:00-3:20 p.m.

Arrived right at 3 p.m. and saw Manny Machado and the rest of his team working out in right field. Once he finished he walked toward the dugout and I was able to get his attention. He signed everything I had and couldn’t have been nicer. I made small talk with him as he signed, asking him if he felt any pressure, what it was like to be represented by Scott Boras, etc. A few drops of rain had their way with the Staedtler, which was a bit of a bummer. I also tried to get some erased-SS balls done and the leather that was erased seemed to bubble up a bit. So much for that experiment. It’s all brand-new ROMLBs from now on. Oh well.

Manny Machado: 14/14 (4 ROMLB all on the SS, 10 USA Olympic cards)


Celebrity First Pitch – Dwyane Wade

 Does it get any better than the Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade throwing out the first pitch to Marlin’s superstar Hanley Ramirez???  I don’t think so!!!

While I don’t condone the antics of Dwyane Wade in regards to his methods of sending message’s to the Heat’s front office about his future, I do admire his desire to win.  He appears to want to win so badly that he won’t re-sign with our team until they make moves to ensure a potential run at another title.  While this is commendable, it also shows his immaturity as he has been sending quite a few messages through the media outlets around town.  While it won’t tarnish anything he has done on the court, he’s one of the game’s best players, it certainly doesn’t help his public image.

Best of luck to Dwyane and the Heat during the upcoming season – I hope the 2 sides can iron out their differences and focus on making this team a contender again!!!  LET’S GO HEAT!!!

‘The 40/40 Club’ – 1980’s – Card #40

‘The 40/40 Club’ – 1980’s – Card #40

Jim Abbott – 1988 Topps

Jim Abbott makes the list for being one of the most inspirational players in baseball history – and clearly has the most inspiring story of any player that debuted during the 1980’s. 

Born with no right hand, Abbott did not let his limitations stop him from achieving his dream to play professional baseball.  As a star pitcher in college, he was drafted in the first round of the 1988 draft and debuted with the California Angels in 1989.  With a 87-108 record during his 10-year career, Abbott’s numbers certainly don’t indicate how immensely talented he was on the mound.  With (5)10-win seasons under his belt, and a 3rd place finish for the Cy Young award in 1991, Abbott became a baseball star for teams that were generally towards the bottom of the rankings year after year.

The highlight of Abbott’s professional career came as a member of the New York Yankees during the 1993 season when he threw a no-hitter.  To be able to achieve pitching greatness, even for just 1 night, Abbott stood heads and shoulders above his competition. 

Sadly, Abbott never made a post-season appearance in his 10 years as a major league pitcher.


Whatever happened to Jim Abbott???

With the Olympics coming to a close, I started to think about the players that Topps used to feature in their Team USA cards.  The big one to have was Mark McGwires’s first card, but the most memorable one for me was Jim Abbott.

Abbott was only born with a left hand, yet still had the courage and determination to fulfill his dreams and play major league baseball.  Prior to making it in the majors, Abbot won a Gold medal in the 1988 Olympics pitching for Team USA.  The attention Abbot got from his appearance during the Olympic games carried into his career in the Majors too.

Abbot was drafted in the first roudn by the Angels, and in 10 seasons played for the Angels, Yankees, Brewers, as well as the White Sox.  Although his career record of 87 wins and 108 losses does not indicate that he was too successful in the big leagues, Abbott was always a fan favorite because he never hid behind what others called his disability.

Abbot’s career highlight was pitching a no-hitter in 1993 as a member of the New York Yankees.  A no-hitter is the symbol of excellence for pitchers and Abbot proved to the world that it could be done even when you have physicall limits.  Another highlight for Abbott was when while playing with the Brewers he recorded 2 hits.  This again was an amazing feat for a 1-handed player.

Today, Abbott works as a motivational speaker.  This job seems like a perfect fit for someone like Jim Abbott who inspired millions with his every day behavior.  For years he motivated us with his efforts while playing a game and now he continues to do so by telling others that they too can conquer their dreams.