It would be nice to see Ichiro still putting up the numbers, though guy is 42-years old and his MLB playing career is on its death knell - however, he should be good to get his 3,000th hit sometime in 2016 and that eventual accomplishment will be a testament of his metronomic consistency as professional hitter.
Saturday, October 31, 2015
Friday, October 30, 2015
Thursday, October 29, 2015
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Maybe a gripe about Hunter was he was not always PC when it came to things like Latin players and also gays - though I doubt he is the only professional player to have those beliefs, I think writers and bloggers will always try to exploit apparent faults with 'athletes' who end up talking too much for their own good.
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
I don't see the Royals as a great team made up of superstar talent, but they are a confident and fearless team that has overachieved - it will be interesting to see if the Royals' lineup can battle and compete against the New York Mets' trio of Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard.
I want to say that the superior Mets starting pitchers will shut down the Royals' bats - but I don't think the Royals are just going to roll over regardless of who the pitchers are on the other team.
Presumably Daniel Murphy's bat is going to cool off - so the Mets need to lean on other players like Yoenis Cespedes [if playing], Curtis Granderson, David Wright, Travis D'Arnaud and maybe another guy [like a Michael Conforto or Wilmer Flores].
It would be nice to see the Mets win because of an individuals like manager Terry Collins and Wright - Collins has been a baseball lifer, so if he can lead the Mets to a World Series championship, he deserves all the credit he is going to get as the team's skipper.
Wright has been the face of the franchise for the last 11 years - he's represented the Mets well otherwise and while he was injured for much of the 2015 season, he finally gets an opportunity to play for a championship.
Monday, October 26, 2015
#US-32 Blake Swihart
#US-382 Dan Uggla
#US-35 Justin Bour
#US-390 Donovan Solano
#US-334 Clint Barmes
#US-150 Eric Sogard
#US-225 Keone Kela
#US-182 Scott Van Slyke
#US-137 Andrew Romine
#US-66 Neftali Feliz
#US-346 Brandon Crawford
#US-47 Jeremy Jeffress
#US-165 Seth Maness
#US-252 Francisco Rodriguez
#US-372 Alex Wood
#US-72 Brett Gardner
#US-344 Aramis Ramirez
#US-368 Aroldis Chapman
#H-72 Tom Seaver - Highlight of the Year insert
#US-132 Geraldo Parra - Rainbow Foil
#RS-25 Mark McGwire - Rookie Sensations insert
#US-177 Matt Holliday - Gold parallel serial #'d 1228/2015
#US-62 Brian Dozier
#US-318 Philippe Aumont
#US-223 Kevin Jepsen
#US-326 Jonathan HerreraDorn to finally show up on an MLB rookie card.
#US-28 Miguel Cabrera
#US-141 Glen Perkins
#US-392 Odrisamer Despaigne
#US-121 Alexi Ogando
#US-377 Taijuan Walker
#US-40 Sam Dyson
#US-149 Thomas Field
#US-201 Jose Altuve
#US-314 Rafael Betancourt
#US-290 Zach Britton
#US-85 Justin Nicolino
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Monday, October 19, 2015
I don't know what Reyes' one-batter outing really means except the Angels were squeezed for pitching depth at the worst time so they had to call on a journeyman at AAA - it's kind of a neat to see these random guys pop up, particularly if I've gone through some of their baseball cards and are vaguely aware of who they are.
Admittedly, despite the lure of getting back to the major leagues - it might be less fun for the players themselves, when their playing opportunities are a bit dicey and they have to move around to see if they can get noticed.
Sunday, October 18, 2015
Saturday, October 17, 2015
For my award winners project, I'd really like to use cards issued during a player's career [as close to his award winning year (s) if possible] - instead of a reprint or a retro card [cards issued after a player's career].
I don't really end up caring for retro cards because I feel like they just 'aren't the real thing' as far as original old-school/vintage cards - Topps has just pumped them out over the last 10 years and I feel they tend to be redundant, especially when Topps recycles images to use on cards.
As is, retro cards are much easier to find and use for random card projects that need old-time legends / icons - at the very least, retro cards give a refreshing, if anachronistic look to showcase players from from the past.
Some retro cards stand out more because they can be shiny, can feature an autograph and/or a 'game used' relic - I like how some cards specifically highlight players' award winning seasons and/or recap the players' career highlights.
Friday, October 16, 2015
In 1983, Kittle was a hot rookie with a hot card [1983 Fleer #241] but just didn't live up to whatever hype he generated in his first year - on the junk wax cards I stumbled upon around the time he played his last few seasons as a MLB player, the fact that Kittle wore glasses made me think he didn't look that part of professional athlete.
Though Kittle hit only .239 and had an on-base percentage of .306 in his 10-year MLB career - he was actually serviceable, hitting 176 home runs with an an OPS + of 110.
Thursday, October 15, 2015
The Texas Rangers had gone up 3-2 in the top half of the 7th inning because Toronto Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin got a little lazy when throwing the ball back to the pitcher - but by hitting a 3-run shot to put his team up 6-3, Bautista was able to let out all his frustrations, effectively saying to his teammates and the Blue Jays fans know that their team wasn't about to go out like some punk itch.
Now Bautista and his team move on to the face the Kansas City Royals in the American League Championship Series - while Josh Hamilton and the Rangers can go into the off-season and do their thing, even if Hamilton is doing so on Angels owner Arte Moreno's dime.
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
This $2 pick up represents an oddball find for my award winners collection - a 14-year old card with some sort of game used material, featuring a workhorse reliever who won the 1974 National League MVP.
I figured this card was the best I could do to represent Marshall as getting an autograph is kind of out of the question - due to personal his beliefs about not putting people like pro athletes on a pedestal, Marshall charges at least $250 for each autograph when a promoter can get him to do some sort of private signing.
A wrinkle to my project is to sometimes have a couple of cards to represent some players as a 'micro-mini' collection - maybe I'll seek out one of Marshall's old-school Topps cards [1975 Topps #330 or the highlights subset #6] to pair up with this relic card.
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
I thought I originally saw the autograph card for closer to $2, but when I looked for it again, the listed price had gone up to about $5 or so - I finally relented to pick up the card up when I saw the price bumped back down.
With the potential to be a good all-around shortstop with power and a surfer boy look that probably played up to the home team crowd - Greene had the makings of a fan favorite with the San Diego Padres.
Greene however, turned out to be a notorious recluse and for him, the struggle was indeed real - as a MLB player, he was apparently beating himself up and was more consumed by failure than success.
Monday, October 12, 2015
Utley hit .202 in 141 at-bats for the Dodgers after being acquired from the Philadelphia Phillies - but his unforgiving slide Saturday night is where the intangibles from a longtime veteran who has done it all come into play.
Suspending Utley for two games was the right thing to do and at some point, the New York Mets should back up their fallen player - but more power to the Los Angeles Dodgers if Utley's slide is the turning point in this series and they get past the Mets.
Sunday, October 11, 2015
I put together a coherent wantlist so I could start hunting for new cards to add to the collection - one of players whose card I would need is an early 20th century player named Jake Daubert, who was the 1914 National League MVP
I didn't know where I could find a card of his, so I did some searching and found out he actually had a relic card - who really knows whether or not Daubert held, used, or slept with the bat that was chopped up to help create the card, but I thought it was just great to pick up the card for around $5.
The card projects that seem the most fun are the ones where I can grab seemingly random cards and put them together - this particular project isn't a high dollar endeavor by any means, so various card types are going to clash between simple base cards, random uncertified autograph cards, memorabilia / certified autograph cards and player era / retro cards.
Sunday, October 04, 2015
MLB/MLBPA rookie logo cards of Kris Bryant, Francisco Lindor, Carlos Rodon, Jung Ho Kang, Addison Russell and Byron Buxton are in the short print set - so I'll figure out if I want to seek those guys' cards out as singles or go through some blaster and/or loose pack breaks.
mostly a fine rookie year with the Philadelphia Phillies - with all the success he has had, it remains to be seen if he can build upon his success or be exposed in 2016.
journeyman otherwise who doesn't really look the part of a Major League pitcher - though because he can throw with both hands, his story takes a life on its own.
In the few times I've actually seen him on TV this year, probably when MLB Network cuts into a Oakland A's game and/or is showing an A's game - it's fun watching Venditte switch gloves from batter to batter, depending on whether he is facing a righty or lefty and battle them with his 'pure stuff.'