Monday, July 17, 2017

2017 All-Star Game MVP: Robinson Cano, American League

After initially being passed up for selection to participate in the 2017 All-Star game at Marlins Park in Miami, Robinson Cano came up to bat in the 10th inning to hit a game-winning HR off of Wade Davis.

Cano ended up going home with the MVP award for the 2017 All-Star Game.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Partial Career Statistics on the back of Topps baseball cards now?

So, I just picked up my 2017 Topps baseball card factory set yesterday.  I got the new-style square-box version with the 5 Rookie Image Variation bonus cards and the exclusive MLB Legend Chrome bonus card.  I went through my normal ritual of dividing the set up into team sets.  I put all the league leaders and checklists with the team sets, leaving only the 4 World Series cards to be placed in the back of my binder (but I'm thinking to put even those with the team sets, meaning I'll have to go back a couple of years and do the same).

Since the season is not over yet, I put the team sets in order by their current winning percentage, which I'll continue to update occasionally until the season is over.  When their are multiple cards of each player, I put the newer card first.  For example, the league leader cards represent last year, so I put them after the base card.  For the checklist cards, there are often multiple players, so I'll typically put them in front of the youngest player, but sometimes behind the oldest player if he's a much bigger star.  I put the rookie image variations in front of the base cards because they are newer.

Last night, I got through inserting about half my set into pages, and took that binder with me to look at for a while.  That's when I noticed that the statistics on the backs didn't go back further that about 2012.  ARE YOU KIDDING ME!?  David Ortiz has only been playing since 2012?  This is garbage.  I can't believe that Topps committed the sacrilegious act of listing partial career statistic on the back of their baseball cards.  This is the first time Topps has done this since 1971.  I am very disappointed about this, and hope Topps never does this again.

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.