Tiant was a player certainly before my time, but he pitched in the big leagues for 19 years and won 229 games - he is among the Hall of Very Good, but maybe deserved more consideration for actual the Hall of Fame.
My 'under the radar' blog featuring my baseball card collecting endeavors and hopefully some of my autographs collected in-person / through-the-mail.
Wednesday, October 26, 2022
Tuesday, October 25, 2022
TTM autographs received: Gregg Olson
However in my return, the only card he didn't end up signing was the one I wanted signed the most - I just had to chuckle at this apparent mishap [at least for me] and ended up grabbing a signed copy of the 1990 Leaf on eBay.
Monday, October 24, 2022
2022 World Series - some thoughts
On the other hand, it wouldn't surprise me to see the Philadelphia Phillies bludgeon their way into a World Series title - I couldn't even watch most of the games because my streaming service didn't have FS1, but Rhys Hoskins was on fire and NLCS MVP Bryce Harper delivered on cue.
With their 'band box' of a ballpark, no lead was ever safe - in their National League Championship Series against the San Diego Padres.
If Harper had continued to put up numbers and the Phillies continued to flounder, maybe that would be ideal where I didn't always like the player [who may be cocky, arrogant, and gave people reasons to hate on him] - but perhaps it's time for Harper to come full circle, from his Sports Illustrated cover in high school to all the years he has starred in the major leagues, with some great years and kind of up-and-down seasons.
If he wins the World Series, maybe he vaults up to just a higher sentiment than certain other guys who haven't won it yet - it's the case already I guess, but Harper wouldn't have anything more to prove in his MLB career if he ends up hoisting the WS trophy above his head.
On the other hand, this World Series could be another close, but no cigar set-ups for the long respected professional baseball lifer - where things happen [during in game situations, in these postseason matchups] and his 2022 Astros ends up being another great Baker led team that doesn't take the final step to a World Series championship.
I think I expect another glum, post series interview with some national baseball writer at the end of this - but cautiously optimistic, where Baker's Astros play well enough and follow through with a championship celebration instead.
Friday, October 21, 2022
Card show find - is this real vintage?
Wednesday, October 19, 2022
Card show pick ups - more randomness?
I tried to dig around and see what may catch my attention, maybe I wonder whether the material is passable or not - the seller said something about making offers to consider, so there was an opportunity to pick something up where this table might be it as far where I was going to spend most of what I had in-hand.
Among the odds and ends included a second-year Gary Carter - I want to follow the mature collectors who have tried to make something about collecting old-school and/or vintage cards, even in bits and pieces.
A rookie year certified autograph of Michael Young - he was a second baseman who last played 10-15 years ago and was underrated as a longtime hitting star.
A certified autograph of Andrew Velasquez - even though the autograph on the sticker hologram looks sloppy, I picked it up for my all-time Angels collection.
While completion isn't realistic - it's cool knowing I have the most random players' autographs that played for my home team.
A Roberto Clemente insert that was too shiny to ignored - I'm not sure if this was numbered, but I like how it pops.
A Mike Trout / Shohei Ohtani insert I thought might have been worth something - but looked too neat to leave behind regardless.
A 1993 Donruss Dominator Greg Maddux - I guess it's not a pack pulled insert set, more like a 'box topper' bonus, but still a cool card.
Though it's a piece of plastic that I would have tossed a long time ago, I really like the branded top loader - which I assume was how the cards were originally shipped in.
On the other hand, I've never really had these cards in my collection and at the very least, end up as binder material centerpieces to the collection of cards I have for each player - with these rookies in my possession, I'd have some bragging rights if I took a time machine to the junk wax era of the early 1990s.
Thursday, October 13, 2022
Some cheap-o material finds - the future stars
Maybe I got lucky and found cards picturing some of the 'here and now' guys for the next five years - maybe on a speculative pace, other collectors have been in on these guys, but in due time I anticipate the more casual collectors gushing over these players and making them their new favorites.
I think at his age, he can be expected to be in a off-season lab / hitting cage somewhere - where he really works on pitch recognition so maybe he walks more, strikes out less and makes more contact.
This isn't to say that he can't or won't bounce back where he is still a 21-year old 'kid,' but he certain disappointed - where maybe his cards ended up being fool's gold.
Gilbert may have been the Seattle Mariners' top pitching prospect for the last two or three years and he had a good run in his first full MLB season - where he has shown ace potential on the mound or at least a very good No. 2 starter.
Gimenez ended up having a fine season and started in the All-Star game at second base - maybe he's not quite a hobby star, but has the potential to be 'baseball good' for the next five years.
Crow-Armstrong enjoyed a breakout year in the minors - who knows if he can build on that, but he's on the radar as a top prospect now.
Cruz has gotten to the big leagues and there might be hype with what he can do because he is such a large human playing a premium position - I kind of think he is a toolsy guy who is a work in progress, though I guess the potential is undeniable.
Duran has had some time in the big leagues and while he might be a decent player - maybe more of a semi-regular, fourth outfielder type or starter for a second division, non-contender.
Torkelson was hyped up as a slugger entering the 2022 season, but struggled for much of the year - where maybe his potential is a bit uncertain, depending on whether he can adjust to big league pitching in 2023.
Volpe is still in the minors and while he didn't match the great, breakout season he did in 2021 - he had a season where he is still on pace to reach the big leagues within the next couple of seasons.
Tuesday, October 11, 2022
TTM autograph received: Larry Waker
Monday, October 10, 2022
1995 Topps R&N China J.T. Snow
Sunday, October 09, 2022
TTM autographs received: David and Diego Segui
Monday, October 03, 2022
TTM autographs received: Rick Monday
Besides his flag saving heroics, Monday was also the first ever MLB draft pick in 1965 and had a 19-year big league career - hitting 241 home runs with a .361 on-base / .443 slugging and an OPS+ of 125, which meant he was about 25 percent better than the average MLB player.
Sunday, October 02, 2022
TTM autographs received: John Olerud
This post marks my first since a month long hiatus due to being out of the country on vacation - not feeling emotionally invested in throwing out scheduled, automated posts, I wanted to create a gap, where something was clearly up with the lack of posting activity [regardless of whomever really reads what I might write on a regular basis].