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.