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Did You Know…

Todd Ziele owns the MLB record of hitting a home run for the most different teams.  His 253 lifetime homers were spread among 11 different teams – Cardinals(75), Cubs(9), Phillies(20), Orioles(5), Dodgers(38), Marlins(6), Rangers(30), Mets(41), Rockies(18), Yankees(6), and the Expos(5).

 **factoid courtesy of ‘Big League Trivia’.

My take – I always liked Ziele as a player.  And based on his productivity above, it appears that most major league GM’s did too…

Cooperstown : Looking Ahead To 2010

With thoughts of Cooperstown fresh on my brain, I thought it would be worth examining who is up for potential election into the Hall of Fame in 2010.  Per the HOF website, here is that list.

2010:Roberto Alomar, Barry Larkin, Robin Ventura, Edgar Martinez, Fred McGriff, Kevin Appier, Ellis Burks, Ray Lankford, Pat Hentgen, Todd Zeile, Eric Karros, Mark McLemore, Andres Galarraga, Fernando Vina, Mike Jackson, Shane Reynolds, Dave Burba, David Segui, Andy Ashby

Of this group of guys there are 6 guys worthy of consideration, with 4 that should get some serious attention.  Those 6 players are: Alomar, Larkin, Ventura, Martinez, McGriff, and Galarraga.  And with no disrespect meant towards the outstanding careers of Robin Ventura and Edgar Martinez, their career achievements are not on par with players enshrined into the Hall of Fame.

So that leaves us with 4 guys.  4 guys that had remarkable careers.  4 guys that should get some major vote counts thrown their way.

Here is a Breakdown:

Roberto Alomar – 2,724 hits, 1,508 runs scored, 210 home runs, 1,134 RBI, 474 stolen bases, .300 batting average, 12 time all-star, 10 Gold Glove awards, 4 Silver Slugger trophies, 2 World Series championships

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Barry Larkin – 2,340 hits, 1,329 runs scored, 198 home runs, 960 RBI, 379 stolen bases, .295 batting average, 12 time all-star, 3 Gold Glove awards, 9 Silver Slugger trophies, 1 MVP award, 1 World Series championship

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Fred McGriff – 2,490 hits, 1,349 runs scored, 493 home runs, 1,550 RBI, 72 stolen bases, .284 batting average, 5 time all-star, 3 Silver Slugger trophies, 1 World Series championship

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Andres Galarraga – 2,333 hits, 1,195 runs scored, 399 home runs, 1,425 RBI, 128 stolen bases, .288 batting average, 5 time all-star, 2 Gold Glove awards, 2 Silver Slugger trophies

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In summary, I think that 3 of these 4 guys will get in.  Sadly I don’t think that Galarraga will be in that group.  My guess is that Barry Larkin will get the most votes of this rookie class of 2010, but I don’t see him as a first ballot kind of player.  Alomar on the other hand is a first ballot kind of guy, but his on and off the field problems are what people remember first about his career so I think he may have to wait a few years before he gets in.  And McGriff is worthy of a spot too, I just don’t see him getting un until a few other key guys go before him, notably Andre Dawson, Barry Larkin, Bert Blyleven, Tim Raines, and Roberto Alomar.

Your thoughts???

20 More Autograph TTM Requests Out In The Mail…

After receiving these cards, I couldn’t resist putting more cards in the mail with the hopes of receiving a few back autographed.

So off I went to the Post Office and the Grocery Store to stock up on stamps and envelopes.

And out these went today….

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The guys:  Kent Hrbek, Jim Abbott, Joe Carter, Chili Davis, Eric Davis, Fernando Valenzuela, Bobby Bonilla, Whitey Herzog, Shawon Dunston, Orel Hershiser, Todd Zeile, Bucky Dent, Willie Randolph, Mike Scioscia, Willie McGee, Ron Cey, Mike Greenwell, Harold Reynolds, Robin Ventura, and Tony Perez.

Baseball Card Show Purchase #1 – 5 for $1.00

 This sign always draws me in – ‘5 FOR $1.00’

I don’t care what is in the box, I am going to look – EVERYTIME!!!

Here’s what I was able to find…

(2) 1989 Tom Glavine rookie cards

(2) 1990 Todd Zeile rookie cards

(1) 1990 Robin Ventura rookie cards

I loved watching all 3 of these guys play and remember each of them as rookies.  Ventura and Zeile were 2 of my favorite players when I was growing up and Glavine was and still is ‘The Man’!!!

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What Ever Happened To Todd Zeile???

Todd Zeile can be characterized as baseball’s greatest ‘Journey-Man’ from the last 30 years.  In 16 seasons in the big leagues, Zeile played for 11 different teams.  For Zeile, every game probably felt like a road game as he changed teams 11 times in the last 10 years of his career.

Amazingly enough, Zeile was still able to excel while never given the chance to acclimate himself to a ball park he could call home.  A lifetime .265 hitter with 253 home runs and 1110 RBI, Zeile made himself a solid contributor to many of the teams he played for. 

Zeile’s willingness to do whatever it took to help his team win is made abundantly clear by the positions he played in the majors.  He was drafted into the major leagues as a catcher, but was quickly converted to 3rd base as his coaches wanted his bat in the line-up on a daily basis.  Zeile also spent time at 1st base and in the outfield as well.  Of the 2,099 career games Todd played in, only 130 of them were at catcher, the position he knew best.  Zeile even made 2 pitching appearances during his career.  He pitched a total of 2 innings of relief work and has a career ERA of 22.50.

Some very interesting Todd Zeile facts:

  • only player in major league history to hit a home run for 11 different teams
  • family tree links back to the United States’ 2nd president – John Adams
  • hit the last home run against Montreal Expos
  • last at-bat as a major league player resulted in a home run

Today, Todd Zeile is enjoying life in California living with his wife and 4 children.  He owns a production company and has been spotted in several episodes of ‘The King of Queens’ on CBS. 

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