Sunday, February 26, 2017

2010-2011 Topps: Ivan Rodriguez, Texas Rangers-Washington Nationals, C

Congratulations to Ivan Rodriguez for his 1st ballot selection to the MLB Hall of Fame with 76% of the vote.  Rodriguez played 21 seasons between 1991-2011 mostly for the Rangers, but also with the Tigers, Nationals, Marlins, Yankees, and Astros.  He was a 14-time All-Star, 13-time Gold Glover, 7-time Silver Slugger, and an A.L. MVP for the Rangers in 1999.  Rodriguez earned a World Series ring with the Marlins in 2003 as the NLCS MVP, and appeared in another World Series with the Tigers in 2006.  He also helped the Rangers into the postseason in 1996, 1998, and 1999.  Defensively, Rodriguez often led the league in Putouts, Assists, Double Plays Turned, Range Factor, and Fielding Percentage as a Catcher.







Saturday, February 25, 2017

2005 Topps #160: Jeff Bagwell, Houston Astros, 1B

Congratulations to Jeff Bagwell for his selection the MLB's Hall of Fame with 86.2% of the vote on his 7th year on the ballot.  The 1991 NL Rookie of the Year and 1994 NL MVP won 3 Silver Slugger awards and 1 Gold Glove award with 4 All-Star appearances during his 15-year career.  He led the National League in Runs, Doubles, RBI, Walks, Slugging, OPS, and Total Bases during his career.  Bagwell helped the Astros into the playoffs in 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2004, and 2005.





Friday, February 24, 2017

2002 Topps Traded #T52: Tim Raines, Florida Marlins, OF

     Hall of Famer Tim Raines could have had another World Series ring if only he could have held on for just one more year.  After 23 seasons spanning from 1979-2002, Raines left the game at the age of 42.  He spent 10 years on the Hall of Fame ballot before being elected during his final season of eligibility with 86% of the vote.  Raines was one of the best base stealers in the 1980's that could get on base with a single or double, and score runs.  The 7-time All-Star led the N.L in stolen bases 4 times and finished his career with a total of 808 SB's, which puts him in the Top 5 behind R.Henderson, L.Brock, B.Hamilton, and T.Cobb.  Raines also led his league in Batting Avg, Doubles, and Runs during his career.  Congratulations to one of the newest members of the MLB HOF.



Sunday, December 4, 2016

Today's Game Era Committee Hall of Fame Ballot

     Tonight at 6 p.m. EST, the 16-person Today's Game Era Committee will vote on 10 different people for the opportunity to be entered into the MLB HOF.  The 10 people on this year's ballot include 5 former players (Mark McGwire, Orel Hershiser, Will Clark, Harold Baines, Albert Belle), 2 former manager (Lou Piniella, Davey Johnson), and 3 former executives (George Steinbrenner, Bud Selig, John Schuerholz).  To be selected into the HOF under this format, the ballot member must receive at least 75% of the committees vote (or 12 out of 16).  Here are my picks if I had a vote:




 


Sunday, September 25, 2016

2016 Topps #118: Jose Fernandez, Miami Marlins, P

     I was shocked to learn that Jose Fernandez passed away this morning at the age of 24 in a boating accident near Miami Beach.  He was the NL Rookie of the Year (2013) and a 2-time All-Star (2013, 2016) in just his fourth MLB season.  Today's Marlins game against the Braves has been cancelled.  This is a tragic event for the baseball community.








Sunday, September 18, 2016

2016 Topps #250: Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers, 1B

     Miguel Cabrera hit a first pitch single to load the bases in the Top of the 3rd inning for his 2,500th career Hit.  According to MLB.com, he was the 100th player to ever reach the milestone, and was the youngest to do so since Hank Aaron did it in 1967.  The Hit came off a pitch from Trevor Bauer of the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field, and was fielded by Abraham Almonte in Right Field.



     Averaging 179 Hits during each of his first 13 seasons with 169 Hits so far this year,  there's no telling how far Cabrera will go by the end of his career.  At this rate, Cabrera should reach 3,000 Hits before the end of his 17th MLB season in 2019.  A sure-fire Hall-of-Famer, the 11-time All-Star has a .320 career Batting Average, 1536 RBI, and 441 HR's.  If he were to play a full 20 seasons, Cabrera would have 6 seasons left to play before retiring.  He was the last Triple Crown Winner since Carl Yastrzemski did it in 1967.



Monday, August 8, 2016

2016 Topps #700: Ichiro Suzuki, Miami Marlins, OF

     Ichiro Suzuki's 3000th hit came as a Triple off Chris Rusin of the Colorado Rockies in Coors Field yesterday.  What's even more interesting about this fact is that Suzuki and Rusin both have the same birthday on October 22nd.  It will forever remain a mystery what could have been if Ichiro had played his entire career in the Majors.