Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Thank God it's Baseball Season Again!!!

For me, the Superbowl is like the Times Square Countdown to the New Baseball Year.  From February through November, there is always something baseball-related going on until the last Arizona Fall League game.  America's pastime is back!!! 




Monday, February 5, 2018

2018 BBWAA Hall of Fame Class

     Here's a late congratulations to this year's Hall of Fame class.  Chipper Jones received 97.2% of the ballot votes this year to lead off the pack.  Vladimir Guerrero received 92.9%, Jim Thome received 89.8%, and Trevor Hoffman received 79.9%.   






Saturday, January 6, 2018

2011 Topps Lost Cards Original Back Variants

     Here are 6 of the 8 original back Lost Cards that I received in the mail the other day.  I collect this set to obtain cards for players that were never included in the original sets that they were meant to represent.  When I first purchased the 10-card set online, I didn't realize that original back variations existed, and I've been trying to replace my diamond anniversary back cards with original backs ever since.  Original backs list for 1.5x the value of diamond anniversary backs, but they seem to be much more rare.  To date, I'm still missing 2 more original back cards.




 








Thursday, December 28, 2017

2018 BBWAA Hall of Fame Ballot

     The 2018 BBWAA Hall of Fame class will be announced on January 24th, 2018.  The ballot consists of 33 names, including: Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Manny Ramirez, Vladimir Guerrero, Sammy Sosa, Chipper Jones, Curt Schilling, Trevor Hoffman, Gary Sheffield, Jim Thome, Larry Walker, Edgar Martinez, Jeff Kent, Mike Mussina, Omar Vizquel, Andruw Jones, Billy Wagner, Fred McGriff, Scott Rolen, Johnny Damon, Johan Santana, Carlos Lee, Jason Isringhausen, Chris Carpenter, Jamie Moyer, Brad Lidge, Livan Hernandez, Hideki Matsui, Kevin Millwood, Carlos Zambrano, Aubrey Huff, Kerry Wood, and Orlando Hudson.  Voters will have an opportunity to select up to 10 players on the ballot.



















Saturday, November 18, 2017

2017 MVP Award Winners: J.Altuve & G.Stanton

     Congratulations to the 2017 MVP Award Winners.  The official announcement was made on Thursday, November 16th. 


     The A.L. award went to Jose Altuve of the Houston Astros with 405 points.  Runner-ups for the award include Aaron Judge NYY with 279 points and Jose Ramirez CLE with 237 points.


     The N.L. award went to Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins with 302 points.  Runner-ups for the award include Joey Votto CIN with 300 points and Paul Goldschmidt ARI with 239 points.

2017 Cy Young Award Winners: C.Kluber & M.Scherzer

     Congratulations to the 2017 Cy Young Award Winners.  The official announcement was made on Wednesday, November 15th.


     The A.L. award went to Corey Kluber of the Cleveland Indians with 204 points.  Runner-ups for the award include Chris Sale BOS with 126 points and Luis Severino NYY with 73 points.


     The N.L. award went to Max Scherzer of the Washington Nationals with 201 points.  Runner-ups for the award include Clayton Kershaw LAD with 126 points and Stephen Strasburg WAS with 81 points.

2017 Rookie of the Year Award Winners: C.Bellinger & A.Judge

     Congratulations to the 2017 Rookie of the Year Award Winners.  The official announcement was made on Monday, November 13th.


The N.L. Award went to Cody Bellinger of the Los Angeles Dodgers with 150 points.  Runner-ups for the award include Paul DeJong STL with 56 points and Josh Bell PIT with 32 points.


     The A.L. Award went to Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees with 150 points.  Runner-ups for the Award include Andrew Benintendi BOS with 75 points and Trey Mancini BAL with 31 points.