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.



Sunday, August 7, 2016

2016 Topps #566: Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees, DH

     Alex Rodriguez announced his "release" from the Yankees today; however, he never did not use the word, retirement, and will remain eligible to sign with any interested team.  A-Rod's final game with the Yankees with be on Friday, August 12th.  Although he is not the oldest player left in the Majors (Ichiro Suzuki holds that honor), A-Rod is the last player in the Majors still around from the the 1994 strike season.



     The number of players still around from the 1990's is rapidly dwindling down.  The only other ones I could find based on a quick scan of the 2016 Topps set are: Bartolo Colon ('97), David Ortiz ('97), Carlos Beltran ('98), Adrian Beltre ('98), and A.J. Pierzynski ('98).