Friday, December 6, 2013

Free Agent Signings: Robinson Cano, 2B, Seattle Mariners

Today, the Seattle Mariners have shocked the baseball world with an unexpected offer of nearly a quarter-billion dollars for superstar second baseman, Robinson Cano, to play ball in the Pacific Northwest through the 2023 season. 
2013 Topps #612.
2012 Topps #400.
2011 Topps #130.

2010 Topps #370.

2009 Topps #615.

2008 Topps #136.

2007 Topps #225.

2006 Topps #142.

2005 Topps Factory Bonus Insert #3 of 5.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

2014 Hall-of-Fame Ballot: Greg Maddux

     Greg Maddux pitched in the Major Leagues for 23 years between 1986-2008, winning the Cy Young award 4 times with 18 Gold Gloves.  He earned a total of 355 Wins with a .316 ERA and 3371 career strikeouts.  Maddux pitched during 3 World Series in 1995, 1996, and 1999.

1990 Topps #715.

1991 Topps #35.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Trade Rumors: Ian Kinsler (Tigers) & Prinz Fielder (Rangers)

After completing only 2 of the 9 total years on his $214 million contract with the Detroit Tigers, Prince Fielder has been traded to the Texas Rangers with $30 million for Ian Kinsler.  For the Rangers, this leaves 7 years with $138 million on Fielder's contract.  For the Tigers, this leaves 4 years with about $62 million on Kinsler's contact.

2013 Topps #28.

The trade would allow Texas to put Jurickson Profar at second base, while bringing a bat to their line-up.  For Detroit, Cabrera will probably move to 1B for Fielder with Infante at 2B for free agent, Infante. 

2013 Topps #440.

Monday, November 18, 2013

2013 N.L. Batting Average Leaders: Cuddyer, Johnson, & Freeman

2013 Topps #449: Michael Cuddyer led the National League this year with a .331 batting average.

2013 Topps #US195: Chris Johnson was the runner-up for the N.L. title with a .321 batting average.

2013 Topps #105: Freddie Freeman was tied with Yadier Molina for 3rd place in the N.L. with a .319 batting average, but was able to maintain that average over more At Bats.

2013 Topps #189: Posey, McCutchen, & Braun were the 2012 N.L. Batting Average Leaders.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

2013 A.L. Batting Average Leaders: Cabrera, Mauer, & Trout

2013 Topps #US218: Miguel Cabrera led the league in batting with a .348 average.

2013 Topps #107: Joe Mauer placed second in batting with a .324 average.

2013 Topps #US300: Mike Trout placed third in batting with a .323 average.

2013 Topps #294: Cabrera, Trout, & Beltre were the 2012 AL Batting Average Leaders


Friday, November 15, 2013

2013 N.L. MVP Award: McCutchen, Goldschmidt, & Molina

2013 Topps #122: Andrew McCutchen is this year's National League Most Valuable Player award winner with a total of 409 points: 28 first place votes, 1 second place vote, and 1 third place vote.

2013 Topps #454: Paul Goldschmidt came in 2nd place with a total of 242 points: 15 second place votes, 9 third place votes, 1 fourth place vote, 3 fifth place votes, and 2 sixth place votes.

2013 Topps #4: Yadier Molina came in 3rd place with a total of 219 points: 2 first place votes, 8 second place votes, 4 third place votes, 6 fourth place votes, 6 fifth place votes, 1 seventh place vote, 2 ninth place votes, and 1 tenth place vote.

2013 Topps #455: Buster Posey was the 2012 N.L. MVP award winner.

 Other players receiving more than 10 points from votes in the 14-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 scoring system this year include: Matt Carpenter, Freddie Freeman, Joey Votto, Clayton Kershaw, Hanley Ramirez, Carlos Gomez, Jay Bruce, Craig Kimbrel, Shin Soo Choo, Jayson Werth, Andrelton Simmons, and Yasiel Puig.