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.