3.26.2012

Crinkly Chronicles: Part 1, GQ Frames

With Gypsy Queen, Version 2.0 on the horizon, I wanted to revisit my favorite insert set from 2011: The Year of My Return to card collecting.

This card is just spectacular, whether found in green or the arguably more sophisticated bronze.
Yes, the great framed paper sets. Whether the numbered bronze or the non-numbered green (found at retail outlets or maybe just Target, I can't recall), I loved them both. I still do and when Ted at Crinkly Wrappers recently mentioned he had some, I jumped on them.

He sent me five in total. I scanned four of them. Not shown is the green Stephen Strasburg.

Here are the others he did send.

A great addition of a player I collect.

They're just sweet looking cards and I hope to continue adding these as time marches on. If you have any extras, let me know. Thanks.

Here are the paper frames that I already own. Anything not listed here, I need.

Bronze
13 Joey Votto
14 Brooks Robinson
20 Andre Dawson
22 Barry Larkin
27 Roy Oswalt 
28 Tony Gwynn
37 Ryan Braun
50 Al Kaline
54 Frank Thomas
55 Evan Longoria
58 Dale Murphy
68 Gary Carter

Green
4 Jackie Robinson
11 Zack Greinke
13 Joey Votto
20 Andre Dawson
25 Mel Ott
29 Ty Cobb
31 Joe Mauer
32 Carl Crawford
37 Ryan Braun
50 Al Kaline
53 Jimmie Foxx
60 Rogers Hornsby
67 Dave Winfield
68 Gary Carter
74 Tom Seaver
80 Stephen Strasburg
81 Nelson Cruz
82 Starlin Castro
85 Frank Robinson
86 Prince Fielder
91 Josh Johnson 
97 Stan Musial
98 Aroldis Chapman

Meanwhile, while I'm on the subject, here are my needs from the GQ set:

Gypsy Queen Wants
6 Frank Robinson
34 Sandy Koufax
38 Walter Johnson
60 Rogers Hornsby
64 Josh Hamilton
76 Felix Hernandez
79 Andrew McCutchen
87 Clayton Kershaw
90 Derek Jeter
92 Mariano Rivera
94 Buster Posey
135 Ryan Dempster
162 Cliff Lee
166 Gordon Beckham
168 Alex Gordon
172 Ryan Zimmerman
237 Roy Campanella
243 Jim Thome

247 Matt Garza
249 Jacoby Ellsbury
301 Alfonso Soriano
302 Brian McCann
303 Johnny Mize
306 Tommy Hanson
315 Jered Weaver
316 Lou Gehrig
317 Justin Upton
318 Hank Aaron
324 Jay Bruce
328 Brett Anderson 

329 Ian Kennedy 

331 Greg Halman RC
333 Travis Wood
335 Freddie Freeman RC

336 Domonic Brown
 

GREAT ONES
GO4 Brooks Robinson
GO6 Frank Robinson
GO9 Jim Palmer
GO13 Lou Gehrig
GO15 Mickey Mantle
GO17 Pee Wee
GO19 Rogers Hornsby
GO23 Tris Speaker
GO28 Babe Ruth
GO30 Nolan Ryan

FUTURE STARS
FS14 Matt Latos
FS18 Aroldis Champman

HOME RUN HEROES
HH1 Babe Ruth
HH17 Frank Robinson
HH18 Jimmie Foxx
HH20 Johnny Bench
HH23 Mickey Mantle
HH25 Tris Speaker

Ted sent cards hitting needs from various lists and I'll feature more in an upcoming post. Thanks again for the trade, Mr. Wrappers.

3.23.2012

IU Hoosiers

Watching my beloved alma mater do battle with the highly favored Kentucky Wildcats has me thinking.

Uh, oh. Suddenly I can't stop shivering.

No worries, I'm merely thinking about card sets. Has anyone heard of a set depicting college basketball stars of the past? I'd be particularly keen on collecting Hoosiers, of course.

I know this is unlikely but I figured where better to pose the question.

Why don't you just spend three seconds and do a basic Internet search? Man, sometimes you frighten me.

Um, so, leave a comment if you know of any such thing. Meanwhile, check out the latest Fun-Time Baseball Hall post and then go vote for the Indians of yore - including fairly recent yore. I'll announce the Padre inductees in the next day or so. Thanks for voting.

3.21.2012

Heritage 2012: A Quick Heads-Up

I just wanted to get the word out that I'll have some Heritage for trade. If you have a want list, let me know and I'll take a look and see what I might have for you.

I don't think I'll go for this year's set after all. I like it overall but I just want to focus almost all Heritage-related attention on finishing 2011. I had thought I'd go for Heritage every year but I'm thinking it might be more fun to mix it up - for this year at least. I'll see how GQ grabs me.

That said, I think I'd love to complete the Baseball Flashbacks and News Flashbacks inserts - along with collecting all Reds, Tigers and Cubs.

I'll attempt to get my "available cards" list up in the next day or two - along with any needed cards from BF, NF, Reds, Tigers and Cubs. Meantime, don't forget to direct me to your Heritage needs.

Hope you all had a tremendous hump day.

Potch

Collect what makes you happy.

3.19.2012

Last Call For Indians; First Call For Brewers

Last week, I issued a call for Fun-Time Baseball Hall nominees for the storied Cleveland franchise. One fine gent responded with a nice list, which was great, but previous teams have had several respond so I thought I'd ask once more. Please respond on this post or on that post, linked above.

If you feel strongly about any of those nominated by Night Owl, please go ahead and list their names again. And, if you feel strongly about any of the more recent generation Indians - 30 years or so - make a note. NO listed several, of course, but I'd love to know how others feel about some of them.

Meanwhile, I thought I'd take this chance to issue a first call for Brewers. Please nominate any worthy players in the comments here.

If you're not familiar with the Hall, my little pet project, click here.

Thanks guys. I appreciate all of the comments and interest many have expressed.

Oh, before I forget, just a few hours left to vote for the Padres in the poll. Click here for the write-up.

3.18.2012

Topps Giveaway III, The Grand Finale (plus Heritage yammering)

So, I've been traveling for work the past several days - New Orleans. I had some time Tuesday night to go for a walk and went down to the Mississippi River - to the spot off the French Quarter where I proposed to my wife eight years ago this month. My wife couldn't make this trip so I took a picture of the grassy spot and sent it to her. I'm so thoughtful.

I walk a little ways away and sit on a bench for a minute, watching a cast of characters dressed in all manor of Mardi Gras parade-like costumes. They were extras in some film or TV series shot and heading back into the extras tent.

Minutes later, a man walks up to two security guards on bikes directly in front of me.

"There's a damaged man over there. He has no pulse and is cold to the touch."

Yep, long story short, the man was dead. He was behind a cement wall barrier. Still don't know if he died naturally or was actually caught/fell and somehow died from that. I observed for a bit but moved on once a crowd gathered. 

So, I moved on. I was just killing some time before heading back to the room and preparing for a long next day. I made an obligatory pass through the French Quarter.

Several blocks off the Quarter (our hotel was the Hyatt Regency next to the Superdome) I decided to pop into a pub for a quick bite. This was off the beaten path and a film crew was set up - with lights, security, the big trucks, etc. I've seen this many times during my 14 years in Chicago but I always took an interest.

I go into the dive restaurant and it offers a perfect view to the alley across the street where the filming was taking place. I sit down and watch and here comes Woody Harrelson - pretending to chase a bus. He's in a tux. Here he comes again - and again - and again - and again. Cut! Cut! Cut! Cut!

The gents next to me saw Morgan Freeman earlier. That would have been kind of neat.

Hey, isn't this a baseball card blog, pal?

Oh, right.

(insert awkward transition)

That's right, when I last left you, I was featuring my Topps Diamond Giveaway cards. To recap, first we have the messed up Lew Krausse 1970 card; then, a collection of excellent Reds (and Andre Thornton Cub).

But what about my favorites? Glad you asked. I snagged the 1950 AL Rookie of the Year here.

I unlocked this card at the very start of the game and over the course of a good year I received probably 100 offers for it. I resisted. You see, along with the Reds, Tigers and Cubs - I have an affinity for that other Chicago team.

I was waiting for an incredible offer of a Red or Tiger or Cub from the same era but none of those ever came my way.

Then, late in the year, while attending a card show in Orland Park, Illinois, I found myself chatting with an elderly man - a gent perhaps twice my age - meaning this guy was born roughly in the mid-1920s. I'd seen him before at this show, when I lived in Chicago, and exchanged pleasantries.

On this particular day, this gentleman brought up a game he attended years ago where Walt Dropo made some great plays at a game he had attended at Fenway Park. It was really just a passing comment in a larger conversation, but one of those that made me feel just a bit closer to the era - and happy that I hung on to this card.

Dropo was 6'5" and nicknamed "Moose." Because of his height, I get it.

Wrong. He was raised in Moosup, Connecticut, smart guy.

Dropo began his career with the Red Sox after turning down offers from the Chicago Bears and the pro hoops Providence SteamRollers. Dropo played four years with the Red Sox, then three years with my beloved Tigers, then four years with the White Sox, then two years with my beloved Redlegs and then three years with the Baltimore Orioles to wrap up his career.

He hit a lifetime .270, 152 home runs and 704 RBIs. He died in December 2010 at age 87.

And, finally, I also snagged this vintage fun - the fun to say Ray Jablonski, who sounds like a character from Saturday Night Live's Ditka skits.

Jablonski's career was less storied than Dropo's but I'm always sweet on these vintage cards with the mustachioed mascot prominently displayed.

Jablonski played for the Cardinals, Redlegs, Giants (both NY and SF) and the Athletics of Kansas City. He made the 1954 All-Star team and finished his career hitting .268, with 83 home runs and 438 RBIs. He died in 1985 at age 58.

(insert awkward transition)

Sooooo, anyhoo. What about this Heritage, huh? Bored on my trip, I picked up a wee bit and have plenty for trade. If you're looking for any particular team, let me know. I also pulled a relic of a player with a noted drug history and another of an AL East pitcher who's first name is the same as my middle name.

Oooh, so mysterious.

I'd like to deal them for a Heritage '12 relic of either Jay Bruce, Joey Votto, Starlin Castro, Miguel Cabrera, Justin Verlander and maybe, but not sure, a couple of other big stars. Is Prince Fielder pictured as a Tiger? I don't even know.

Why don't you do a little research? It would take you like 30 seconds. Lazy.

Coming in a few days: My full list of Heritage 2012 trade bait.

3.11.2012

Nominate Your Indians: Fun-Time Baseball Hall

First, y'all have been great helping me review and ultimately induct Fun-Time Baseball Hall members. Every so often, from any given franchise, a name slips past me thus the nomination process is invaluable.
So, many thanks for playing along. I've enjoyed doing research on both the old-timers and newer generation players. Learning more about the game's history is the whole point of this for me.

But, without a doubt, the FTBH is wholly dependent on you - the world of blogging card collecting nerds.

Hey, that's no way to get votes, fella!

Oops, sorry, but I'm saying I'm a nerd too, so it's OK, right?

Whatever.

Next up, we'll turn our attention back to a more storied franchise - the Cleveland Indians. Perhaps the voting will pick back up after a pretty "meh" response to the San Diego Padres.

In the comments, please provide a few names of players from the Indians history (anyone who's been away from the franchise at least three full seasons - thus no Jim Thome).

Reminder: I'm looking for players who easily should make an All-Star franchise squad - strong players who spent many years with the franchise or perhaps even players who didn't spend many years but made a lasting impact in a short time.

I hold the right to make the final call on whether a player is placed on the ballot. I simply can't include everyone. I will limit the first-year ballot to 12 to 15 and then the top seven players will be elected to the Indians ' Hall given the FTBH's rules based on year of the franchise's formation.

Meanwhile, voting for the Padres has picked up but still trails our previous votes by quite a few. If you haven't had a chance, please vote.

3.10.2012

Hit The Road, Potch

Does anyone know of any decent baseball card shops or regular card shows in Louisville, Nashville, Birmingham, Hattiesburg, MS or, finally, New Orleans?

For that matter, does anyone know of any great flea markets/antique malls along this route known to have cards in stock? I realize I won't be hitting gem mint tobacco-era cards at these - but it might be fun to stop by one. Last year I popped into an antique mall in Georgia and was able to fill up a 500-count box with some cards that were new to me - albeit lots of '90s stuff - for $4.

Yep, I'm taking the Potch Wheeler show on the road very soon for a work trip and an extra day of R&R in the Big Easy. I'm a little burnt out on flying at the moment. Sadly, my family can't make this trip so who knows what kind of chaos will ensue down there.

Only kidding. We got engaged there eight years ago this month - down by the Mississippi River near the French Quarter. I'll probably just go down there to the spot and re-enact the awkwardness.


In other blog news, I'm convinced nobody cares about the Padres. Worst. Voting turnout. Ever. (so far...)

3.09.2012

Topps Giveaway, Part II

Yesterday I presented the one card from the Topps Diamond Giveaway that I didn't much care about receiving - other than it being vintage. And, as it turned out, the card didn't look so hot upon arrival.

But, the rest of the haul was highly satisfactory. I snagged a few missing cards from my team collections - Reds, Tigers and Cubs - and I went deep into the vintage well (more on that tomorrow).

For now, here's what I received from the years 1975 and prior - along with a single 1982 (the newest card from my haul). Here's that one:
My family attended a game once where Mario Soto relieved Bruce Berenyi in the first inning. Soto then went on to pitch a gem. I don't remember all of the details - and I should go do some research - but I do know that years later I was chatting with a co-worker while living in Ohio and I discovered he had attended the same game with his family.

Soto was always a favorite of mine after that game.

Next up, Gary Nolan.
I love this card. It's posed, it's borderline cheesy, the colors clash - yet I love it. Perhaps those are the reasons why I love it.

What else?

Don Gullet seems scared. Perhaps he knew he'd one day end up on the Yankees.
I know that Dan Driessen played 3B but I can only picture him as a 1B.
Andre Thornton was one of those guys I liked as a kid. I only knew him as an Indian by the time I really started collecting but snagging a card of him on the Cubs was a goal.
Next up: My favorite two cards from the giveaway.

3.08.2012

Topps Giveaway, First The Bad News

After three weeks, my shipment from the Topps diamond extravaganza arrived in today's mail.

I'm pleased with seven of the eight cards I received. Thankfully, it's the seven cards I truly wanted.

Soon before requesting shipment, I landed one other card - a 1970 Lew Krausse - and after a couple of attempts to deal it for a Red, Tiger, Cub or White Sock, I gave up and had it shipped. After I read the player was once suspended for "rowdyism" by Charlie Finley, I figured he was worthy of a place in my collection.

Unfortunately, as it turns out, the card looks like crud.

It appears to have been folded in half at one point. It has four other significant creases and half of it apparently fell into a bathtub at one point.

Very little of this appears to show on the scan, other than the whopper across the middle, so you'll have to trust my description.
Lew Krausse Jr. pitched from 1961 to 1974 for the KC/Oakland A's, Brewers, Red Sox, Cardinals and Braves. He finished his career 68-91, 4.00 ERA, with 721 strikeouts. His father, Lew Krausse Sr., pitched for the Philadelphia Athletics in 1931-32.
Oh well, as I believe Mr. Meat Loaf once said, seven out of eight ain't bad. I'll post the magnificent seven pretty soon.

Finally, I'd be remiss if I didn't refer you over to the latest post about my pet project and then ask you to vote in the poll. Many thanks!

3.07.2012

Fun-Time Baseball Hall: San Diego Padres

Ah, the Padres. First-ballot nominations were all over the map.

But, before I continue, some guidelines: First, thanks for voting. Second, try to vote for at least 5 - but less if you wish - and no more than 7.

Full career performance should matter somewhat but the impact while with the featured franchise is of utmost importance. This is a team specific Hall. Steve Carlton has an amazing Phillies career but shouldn't be inducted to the Fun-Time Baseball Hall as a White Sox player. It's your choice whether longevity and counting stats are key factors or if you prefer judging a player's overall franchise impact, even if made in a shorter period.

But back to the Padres.

Several superstars - Rickey Henderson, Robert Alomar (3 seasons), Fred McGriff (3 seasons), etc. - have played for the team, but frankly not long enough to warrant first-year nominations, in my humble opinion. Dave Dravecky's story is certainly a feel-good one but he's probably left to join the balloting in Year Two.

Two other franchise stars - Jake Peavy and Adrian Gonzalez - have not been away from the team for the required three full seasons to be placed on the ballot.

Relief stars Rollie Fingers and Rich Gossage both pitched for the franchise for just four seasons. Gossage was left off the ballot but Fingers included due to having more counting stats (108 saves v. 83 saves) with the franchise but more importantly also winning NL Rolaids relief man of the year three times during his tenure.
 
Franchise Records
Wins: Eric Show (100), Randy Jones (92), Jake Peavy (92)

Strikeouts:
Peavy (1,348), Andy Benes (1,036), Trevor Hoffman (1,029)
ERA:
Hoffman (2.76), Dave Dravecky (3.12), Bruce Hurst (3.27), Peavy (3.29), Jones (3.30)
Saves:
Hoffman (552)

Home Runs:
Nate Colbert (163), Adrian Gonzalez (161), Phil Nevin (156), Winfield (154)  
Triples:
Tony Gwynn (85)

Doubles: Gwynn (543), Garry Templeton (195)  
Hits:
Gwynn (3,141), Templeton (1,135), Winfield (1,134)   

And so we're left with ... 
Nate Colbert (1B)
Nate Colbert played six years with the Padres (1969-74), and was among the NL's best power hitters. Despite never hitting higher than .270, he hit at least 20 home runs five times - 38 in 1970 and 1972. Played for the Astros (1966, 1968), Tigers (1975), Expos (1975, 1976) and A's (1976).
  • San Diego totals: .253, 163 home runs, 481 RBIs, 780 hits
  • Career totals: .243, 173 home runs, 520 RBIs, 833 hits
  • Three-time All Star (1971-73)
His best season came in 1972, when he had a .250 BA, 38 HRs, 111 RBIs, 15 SBs and finished eighth in the NL MVP voting.

Colbert hit 24 homers in his first full season in San Diego, which led the club, and drove in 66 runs while batting .255. Colbert hit five home runs on Aug. 1, 1972, when he slammed 5 home runs and drove in 13 runs in a doubleheader, breaking Stan Musial's record of 11 RBIs in a day.

Trivia: A young Nate had attended the game where Stan originally set the record. Colbert's .508 slugging percentage, 87 runs, 286 total bases, 38 home runs, 111 RBIs, 70 walks, 67 extra-base hits, 14 intentional walks and 14.8 at bats per home run helped him finish eighth in voting for the NL MVP in 1972. He finished second to Johnny Bench (40) in home runs that year.

During his career with the Padres, he often was the only bright spot in a dismal lineup.

After hitting .207 in 1974, he was traded to the Tigers. Back problems forced his retirement at 30. Colbert played on nine consecutive last-place teams, from 1968–76.

Rollie Fingers (RP)
Viva la Moustache
Pitched four seasons for the Padres (1977-80). Pitched nine seasons for the A's (1968-76) and then ended his career with four seasons in Milwaukee (1981-82, 1984-85).
  • San Diego totals (four seasons): 108 saves, 426 IPs, 319 strikeouts, 34-40, 3.12 ERA, 1.250 WHIP
  • Career totals (17 seasons): 341 saves, 1,701 IPs, 1,299 strikeouts, 67-61, 2.90 ERA, 1.156 WHIP
  • Seven-time All Star (1973-76, 1978, 1981-82) - once with Padres.
  • Three-time World Series champion with A's (1972-74)
  • 1974 World Series MVP
  • 1981 AL MVP
  • 1981 AL Cy Young winner
  • Three-time NL Rolaids Relief Man of the Year (1977-78, 1980)
  • One-time AL Rolaids Relief Man (1981)
Fingers is regarded as a pioneer of modern relief pitching, essentially defining the role of the closer for years to come. As had generally been true in baseball through the 1960s, Fingers was originally moved to the bullpen—and eventually to his role as a closer—because of struggles with starting.

When Fingers reached the majors, the role of relievers was limited, as starters rarely left games while holding a lead; but as team offense increased following the 1968 season, and especially with the AL's introduction of the DH in 1973, managers became more willing to replace starters in the late innings with a lead to help forestall late rallies by opponents.

Both leagues' annual saves leaders tended toward totals of 20–25 saves through the 1960s. Few pitchers remained in the role more than two or three years. But in the 1970s, Fingers' excellence in relief allowed him to gradually increase his annual saves totals past 30. In 1980 he broke Hoyt Wilhelm's record of 227 saves, and eventually finished with 341, a record that stood until Jeff Reardon passed it in 1992. The record has since been shattered.

Fingers became only the second reliever to be elected to the Hall of Fame in 1992. 

Steve Garvey (1B)
Played for the Padres for five years (1983-87). Played for the Dodgers from 1969-82. He was a key cog in the Padres' run to the 1984 World Series. He scored a lot - both during and after his playing career. *Cue rimshot*
  • San Diego totals (5 seasons): .275, 631 hits, 61 home runs, 316 RBIs
  • Career totals: .294, 2,599 hits, 272 home runs, 1,308 RBIs
  • Two-time NLCS MVP (including 1984 with Padres)
  • Ten-time All Star (including two as a Padre - 1984-85)
  • Two-time AS MVP (both with Dodgers)
  • World Series champion with Dodgers (1981)
  • Four-time Gold Glove winner (all with Dodgers)
  • 1974 (Dodgers) NL MVP
Garvey gained his fame as a Los Angeles Dodger. He was synonymous with the franchise throughout the '70s and early '80s. In 1981, when it looked like he would one day rank among the game's all-time greats, he was included in the book The 100 Greatest Baseball Players of All Time.

In Game 4 of the 1984 NLCS, Garvey had four RBIs and critical hits in the third, fifth, and seventh innings, He capped it off with a two-run walk-off home run off Lee Smith. He was met by teammates as he rounded third, who later carried him off the field in celebration. Following the 7–5 Padres victory, fans thronged against stadium barricades chanting Garvey's name. The performance is still considered one of the greatest achievements in team history.

In his first season in San Diego, he broke the NL record for consecutive games played.
     Tony Gwynn (OF)
    Tony Gwynn played his entire 20-year career (1982-2001) for San Diego. Leads the Padres in career average, hits, runs, RBIs and stolen bases.
    • Career totals: .338, 3,141 hits, 135 home runs, 1,138 RBIs, 1,383 runs, 319 stolen bases
    • 15-time All Star
    • Five-time Gold Glove winner
    • Seven-time Silver Slugger winner
    • Eight-time NL batting title winner
    • First-ballot Hall of Famer, garnering 97.6% of the vote.
    Gwynn made his name as one of the most consistent contact hitters in the game's history. He hit .338 for his career and won eight National League batting titles.

    From 1993 to 1997, he batted at least .353 five seasons in a row and hit .394 over 110 games in the strike-shortened 1994 campaign. He struck out only 434 times in 9,288 career at-bats, and never hit below .309 in any
    full season.

    Gwynn is, without a doubt, the face of the Padres franchise. By his third year in the league, at just 24, Gwynn won his first batting title and started a run in which he made the All-Star team in 15 of the next 16 seasons, with 1988 being the exception, and he still went on to win a batting title that season.
      Trevor Hoffman (RP)
      Pitched for the Padres from 1993-2008. Pitched in 2009 and 2010 for the Milwaukee Brewers. He was the first player to reach the 500- and 600-saves milestones, and was the all-time saves leader from 2006 until 2011, when Mariano Rivera surpassed him.
      • Padres' totals: 552 saves, 902 games pitched, 54-64, 2.76 ERA, 1,029 strikeouts
      • Career totals: 601 saves, 1,035 games pitched, 61-75 record, 2.87 ERA, 1,133 strikeouts
      • Seven-time All Star, including six with the Padres.
      • Twice runner-up for the NL Cy Young Award
      • Two-time NL Rolaids Relief Man of the Year.
      The Marlins acquired Hoffman - a converted shortstop - in the 1992 expansion draft, and he pitched in Florida until he was traded to the Padres mid-season in 1993 in a deal that sent Gary Sheffield to the Marlins.

      Hoffman recorded 20 saves in 1994 in his first season as Padres closer. he collected at least 30 saves each year for the next 14 seasons, except for 2003 when he missed most of the year recovering from shoulder surgery. 

      In 1998, he tallied 53 saves with a 1.48 ERA, finishing second in Cy Young voting and seventh in MVP voting.

      No disrespect to Hoffman and the Padres, but you never want a relief pitcher to be the second best player in your teams history. That said, Hoffman is one of the best to ever assume the closer's role.

      A converted shortstop, Hoffman came over from the Marlins in a 1993 trade and by 1994, he was the teams closer.
        Randy Jones (SP)
        An all-time great '70s card.
         Randy Jones pitched eight seasons with San Diego (1973-80). He then pitched for the Mets (1981-82). Nicknamed "Junkman," he was known for his sinker and the large number of ground-ball outs he induced.
        • San Diego totals: 92-105, 3.30 ERA, 1.208 WHIP, 1,766 IPs, 677 strikeouts
        • Career totals: 100-123, 3.42 ERA, 1.251 WHIP, 1,933 IPs, 735 strikeouts
        • Two-time All Star 
NL Cy Young winner (1976)
        In 1975, he won 20 games, with a 2.24 ERA and finished second in the National League Cy Young balloting. This followed an 8-22 1974 season.

        In 1976, he went 22-14 with a 2.74 ERA and won the NL Cy Young award. He pitched 315.1 innings that year and, amazingly, recorded just 93 strikeouts. That year, he led the NL in wins and starts (40), complete games (25), innings pitched and WHIP (1.027) - winning the award over aces such as Steve Carlton, Don Sutton and Tom Seaver.

        He went 35-51 in his next four seasons in San Diego, even though he had a 3.62 ERA. He was the victim of some poor teams.

        Jones established the MLB season record for most chances accepted by a pitcher without an error (112 in 1976), tied ML pitchers records for highest season fielding percentage (1.000, 1976) and most assists in an inning (3, 9/28/75 - 3rd inning), and tied the NL pitchers season record for the most double plays with 12 in 1976.

        Jones recorded a save for the NL in the 1975 All-Star game and was the starting and winning pitcher the next year. He entered the 1976 All-Star Game with a record of 16-3, an All-Star break win total that no one has equaled.

        In his last start of the 1976 season, he injured a nerve in his pitching arm that required exploratory surgery, and he was never quite able to regain his Cy Young form.

        Ryan Klesko (OF/1B)
        Played for the Padres for seven seasons (2000-2006). Played for the Braves from (1992-99) and the Giants in 2007.
        • San Diego totals (7 seasons): .279, 133 home runs, 493 RBIs, 786 hits, 60 stolen bases
        • Career totals (16 seasons): .279, 278 home runs, 987 RBIs, 1,564 hits, 91 stolen bases
        • All Star (2001)
        Hit 26, 30, 29 and 21 home runs in his first four seasons in San Diego.
        His most productive year came in 2001, when he hit .286 with 30 home runs and posted career-highs in RBIs (113), runs (105), stolen bases (23) and slugging percentage (.539). In 2002, he hit .300 with 29 home runs and 95 RBIs, and collected career-highs in hits (162) and doubles (39). 
        Hit at least 21 home runs in eight of his 13 major league seasons, with a high of 34 with the Braves in 1996.
        Has a .370 on base percentage with a .500 slugging average, for a .870 OPS. His .525 slugging percentage as a Brave ranks 4th all-time among the team's career leaders.
        Klesko became the first player to hit a home run in three consecutive World Series road games when he did so with Atlanta against the Indians in Games 3, 4, and 5 of the 1995 World Series.
        Missed nearly the entire 2006 season after major shoulder surgery. 

        Phil Nevin (1B/C/3B/OF)
        Played for the Padres for parts of seven years (1999-2005). Also played for the Astros (1995), the Tigers (1995-97), the Angels (1998), the Rangers (2005-06), the Cubs (2006) and the Twins (2006).
        • San Diego totals (7 seasons): .288, 156 home runs, 573 RBIs
        • Career totals: .270, 208 home runs, 743 RBIs
        • All Star (2001)
        Made his break late in his career with the Padres, first appearing in 100 games during the 1999 season. He then had the best offensive years of his career: hitting 31 home runs with a .916 OPS in 2000 and making the NL All-Star team in 2001.

        Scuffled along for four seasons - never reaching double-digit home runs - before arriving in San Diego in 1999 and hitting 24, 31 and 41 in his first three seasons.

        After two injury-shortened years in 2002 and 2003, he had his third year with more than 100 RBIs in 2004, also hitting 26 home runs. Nevin has been dogged by steroid allegations but has not been named in any official report.

        Nevin was the first pick of the 1992 MLB draft by the Astros. Derek Jeter was selected sixth; Hal Newhouser, a scout for Houston, reportedly quit the franchise over the decision not to pick Jeter.

        Benito Santiago (C)
        Played for San Diego at the start of 20-year career, for seven seasons (1986-92). He then had stints with eight more teams between 1993-2005, including the Reds twice. His longest stop after leaving San Diego occurred with the Giants (2001-03).
        • San Diego totals: .264, 758 hits, 85 home runs, 375 RBIs, 62 stolen bases
        • Career totals: .263, 1,830 hits, 217 home runs, 920 RBIs, 91 stolen bases
        • Five-time All Star including four while in San Diego (1989-92)

        • Three-time Silver Slugger (1987, 1988, 1990)

        • Three-time Gold Glove winner (1988-90)
        • NL Rookie of the Year (1987)
        In 1987, hit .300, 18  home runs, 79 RBIs, 21 stolen bases and won NL Rookie of the Year and the Silver Slugger.

        He hit double-digit home runs each season and won Gold Gloves in four of his six full seasons with the team.

        While Santiago first made an impression with his offensive stats, he soon became known for his defense, notably for his strong throwing arm. He was known for his ability to throw out would-be base stealers from a kneeling position.

        In 1988, he led NL catchers in assists and runners caught stealing with a 45% average when the league average was 30%. He ended his career with a .987 fielding percentage.

        Mentioned in the Mitchell Report.   

        Eric Show (P)
        The mercurial Show pitched for the Padres from 1981-90 and then one final year for the A's (1991).
        • San Diego totals: 100-87, 3.59 ERA, 1.283 WHIP
        • Career totals: 101-89, 3.66 ERA, 1.291 WHIP
        Leads the franchise in wins (100). Second behind Randy Jones in games started and innings pitched for the club. Fourth in team all-time strikeouts (951) behind Jake Peavy, Andy Benes and Trevor Hoffman.

        Show made his debut in late in the 1981 season, and the following year went 10-6 while splitting time between starting and relieving. He won 15 games in 1983. In 1984, he followed with a 15-9 record but struggled in the postseason, going a combined 0-2 with a 12.38 ERA in three games.

        In 1985, Show threw the pitch in Cincinnati that Pete Rose lined for a single to break Ty Cobb's career hit record of 4,191. He infamously sat on the mound during the extended celebration. Show died of a drug overdose in a rehabilitation center in 1994.

        Won his 100th and final game as a Padre in his team's Oct. 3, 1990 finale against the Dodgers. He finished that season with a 6-8 record and a 5.76 ERA, having pitched in 39 games, including 12 starts.

        Garry Templeton (SS)
        Played 10 seasons (1982-91) with the Padres. Also played for the Cardinals (1976-81) and Mets (1991).
        • San Diego totals: .252, 1,135 hits, 43 home runs, 430 runs, 427 RBIs, 101 stolen bases
        • Career totals: .271, 2,096 hits, 70 home runs, 893 runs, 728 RBIs, 242 stolen bases
        • Three-time All Star (1977, 1979, 1985 - with Padres)
        • Two-time Silver Slugger winner (1980, 1984 - with Padres)
        Began his career as an unpopular player with the fans in St. Louis, but became arguably one of the most popular players in Padres history.

        He was considered an emotional leader on the 1984 NL championship team and was named team captain in 1987, a role he held until he was traded in 1991. Templeton had good batting numbers in an era when shortstops did not provide much offense.

        However, his offense dropped markedly after leaving St. Louis. Knee problems likely contributed to the decline.

        He hit .305 in six seasons in St. Louis and stole at least 25 bases in every full season. He also recorded 18, 13 and 19 triples in St. Louis between 1977-79.

        In San Diego, he hit .252 in 10 seasons, stole more than 20 bases once (his first season) and never again hit double-digit triples.

        After the 1981 season, he was traded to the Padres for Ozzie Smith - a (then) a light-hitting defensive ace. Templeton, while not as strong afield, but considered a much better hitter going to a team with a struggling offense. But Smith became a better hitter with the Cardinals.  
          Dave Winfield (OF)
          Played first eight seasons (1973-80) of a 22-year career with San Diego. Played for the Yankees (1981-88, 1990), Angels (1990-91), Blue Jays (1992), Twins (1993-94) and Indians (1995).
          • San Diego totals: . 284, 154 home runs, 626 RBIs, 599 runs, 133 stolen bases, 179 doubles, 39 triples
          • Career totals: .283, 465 home runs, 1,833 RBIs, 1,669 runs, 223 stolen bases, 540 doubles, 88 triples
          • 12-time All Star, including four with the Padres (1977-80)
          • Seven-time Gold Glove winner, including twice with the Padres (1979, 1980)
          • Six-time Silver Slugger winner (zero as a Padre)
          • 1990 AL Comeback Player of the Year
          • World Series champion (1992) with Blue Jays
          Winfield was the first player to enter Cooperstown wearing a Padres cap. Out of college, he was drafted by the Padres, the Atlanta Hawks (NBA), Utah Stars (ABA) and Minnesota Vikings (NFL). He chose baseball and spent a grand total of zero games in the minors before joining the Padres, where he hit .277 BA, 3 HR, 12 RBI in 56 games at age 21. He was a pitcher but the Padres wanted his bat in the lineup and put him in right field, where he could still use his "rifle arm." 

          He would go on to be a perennial All-Star, and his best season with the Padres came in 1979 when he hit .308 BA, 34 HR, 118 RBI and finished third in MVP voting.

          For the next several years, he was an All-Star player in San Diego, gradually increasing his power and hits totals.

          In 1977, he appeared in his first All-Star game at New York's Yankee Stadium and he burst into national stardom.

          In 1978, he was named Padres team captain and in 1979, he batted .308 with 34 home runs and 118 RBI. He played one more season with the Padres before becoming a free agent.



            Fun-Time Baseball Hall: Your First-Ballot Orioles

            And, now, introducing, the newest members of the Fun-Time Baseball Hall. Per our rules (see bottom of post at the link in the next paragraph) six from the Baltimore Orioles/St. Louis Browns are first-ballot inductees. 

            The six who will join the Tigers, Angels and Astros in the Hall are:
            Stay tuned, coming soon will be an opportunity to vote for the San Diego Padres. Four players from that franchise will join the Hall as first-ballot inductees.

            For more about the Orioles, including the full slate of nominees, check out this story.

            Here's the voting breakdown:
            Paul Blair
              6 (30%)
            Mike Cuellar
              4 (20%)
            Mike Flanagan
              2 (10%)
            Dave McNally
              5 (25%)
            Eddie Murray
              14 (70%)
            Mike Mussina
              5 (25%)
            Jim Palmer
              17 (85%)
            Boog Powell
              8 (40%)
            Cal Ripken
              15 (75%)
            Brooks Robinson
              17 (85%)
            Frank Robinson
              14 (70%)
            George Sisler
              12 (60%)

















































            3.05.2012

            2011 Clearinghouse: First Up, Gypsy Queen

            I'm seeking to clear out my excess 2011 cards while filling some needs along the way. If you want to trade any cards, let me know. What follows is a list of available cards + needed cards for Gypsy Queen 2011. I'm particularly seeking Green and Bronze GQ framed paper.

            Of course, I'm also prowling for Heritage 2011 short prints so if you have an excess of those, let me know - cause, you know, everyone out there is sitting on a stockpile of Heritage short prints, right? 

            Also, I'm hoping to complete a few of the Allen & Ginter insert sets - so if you have extra World's Most Mysterious Figures, Minds That Made The Future or Uninvited Guests, send me a note or wait to see my list of A&G available/wants - which I expect to publish tomorrow.
            Finally, if you're seeking Lineage 2011, click here to look around for what I have and what I need.

            Finally (Part Deux): I also have a slew of Bowman 2011 cards to trade so let me know if you're in need.

            Without further adieu:

            Gypsy Queen Available

            9 Scott Rolen
            16 Chris Carpenter
            22 Barry Larkin
            29 Ty Cobb
            41 Matt Holliday
            51 Alex Rodriguez
            54 Frank Thomas
            78 Ryne Sandberg
            81 Nelson Cruz
            93 Victor Martinez
            96 Ubaldo Jimenez
            98 Aroldis Chapman
            100 Nolan Ryan
            102 Jorge Posada
            103 Magglio Ordonez
            114 Chris Coghlan
            115 Jeremy Jeffress
            116 Jake Peavy
            119 Brian Bogusevic
            120 Gaby Sanchez
            128 Dan Haren
            129 Aaron Hill
            136 Brett Myers
            140 Shaun Marcum
            144 Jon Niese
            146 Melky Cabrera
            157 Ryan Ludwick
            159 Ervin Santana
            169 Orlando Hudson
            171 Manny Ramirez
            178 Chone Figgins
            189 Mike Aviles
            195 Bronson Arroyo
            200 John Lackey
            201 Travis Snider
            203 Brian Matusz
            203 Brian Matusz
            205 Chris Johnson
            210 Aaron Rowand
            210 Aaron Rowand
            212 Miguel Tejada
            216 Angel Pagan
            225 Vernon Wells
            228 Ryan Kalish
            229 Alex Gonzalez
            241 Brian Roberts
            242 Joba Chamberlain
            245 Hank Conger
            245 Hank Conger
            246 A.J. Burnett
            251 Mark Buehrle
            255 Barry Zito
            256 Wade Davis
            259 Aubrey Huff
            262 Marco Scutaro
            267 Jake Arrieta
            268 Wandy Rodriguez
            272 Felix Pie
            275 Ruben Tejada
            279 Josh Thole
            283 Rick Ankiel
            284 Jed Lowrie
            299 Andruw Jones
            300 Franklin Gutierrez
            325 Jason Castro
            332 Ty Wigginton
            339 Omar Infante
            Checklist 1
            Checklist 2
            Checklist 4

            Green Paper Frame
            82 Starlin Castro

            Bronze Paper Frame
            58 Dale Murphy 

            Future Stars
            FS3 - Yonder Alonso
            FS3 - Yonder Alonso
            FS3 - Yonder Alonso
            FS9 - Starlin Castro
            FS19 - Gordon Beckham
            FS19 - Gordon Beckham
            FS19 - Gordon Beckham
            FS19 - Gordon Beckham

            Wall Climber
            WC1 - Torii Hunter
            WC7 - Franklin Gutierrez
            WC8 - Michael Brantley

            Home Run Heroes
            HH7 - Miguel Cabrera
            HH7 - Miguel Cabrera
            HH8 - Prince Fielder

            Great Ones
            GO1 - Andre Dawson
            GO1 - Andre Dawson
            GO8 - Jackie Robinson
            GO22 - Tom Seaver
            GO27 - Cy Young


            Sticky Fingers
            SF3 -David Eckstein
            SF13 - Kevin Youkilis
            SF14 - Alcides Escobar


            MINIs
            23 - Johnny Cueto
            117 - Dallas Braden
            122 - Derrek Lee
            183 - Rafael Furcal
            189 - Mike Aviles (red back)
            195 - Bronson Arroyo (red back)
            222 - Heath Bell
            224 - Drew Stubbs
            286 - Jason Kubel
            319 - Elvis Andrus
            346 - Shane Victorino


            Gypsy Queen Wants
            6 Frank Robinson
            34 Sandy Koufax
            38 Walter Johnson
            60 Rogers Hornsby
            64 Josh Hamilton
            76 Felix Hernandez
            79 Andrew McCutchen
            84 Tim Lincecum
            87 Clayton Kershaw
            90 Derek Jeter
            92 Mariano Rivera
            94 Buster Posey
            135 Ryan Dempster
            162 Cliff Lee
            166 Gordon Beckham
            168 Alex Gordon
            172 Ryan Zimmerman
            237 Roy Campanella
            243 Jim Thome
            247 Matt Garza
            249 Jacoby Ellsbury
            301 Alfonso Soriano
            302 Brian McCann
            303 Johnny Mize
            306 Tommy Hanson
            315 Jered Weaver
            316 Lou Gehrig
            317 Justin Upton
            318 Hank Aaron
            324 Jay Bruce
            328 Brett Anderson 

            329 Ian Kennedy 

            331 Greg Halman RC
            333 Travis Wood
            335 Freddie Freeman RC

            336 Domonic Brown 

            GREAT ONES
            GO4 Brooks Robinson
            GO6 Frank Robinson
            GO9 Jim Palmer
            GO13 Lou Gehrig
            GO15 Mickey Mantle
            GO17 Pee Wee
            GO19 Rogers Hornsby
            GO23 Tris Speaker
            GO28 Babe Ruth
            GO30 Nolan Ryan

            FUTURE STARS
            FS14 Matt Latos
            FS18 Aroldis Champman

            HOME RUN HEROES
            HH1 Babe Ruth
            HH17 Frank Robinson
            HH18 Jimmie Foxx
            HH20 Johnny Bench
            HH23 Mickey Mantle
            HH25 Tris Speaker

            Various bronze paper and green paper parallels, minis and other variations. Here is what I OWN of the bronze and greens. Anything not listed, I need. Thanks.

            Bronze
            13 Joey Votto
            14 Brooks Robinson
            20 Andre Dawson
            22 Barry Larkin
            27 Roy Oswalt 
            28 Tony Gwynn
            37 Ryan Braun
            50 Al Kaline
            54 Frank Thomas
            58 Dale Murphy
            68 Gary Carter

            Green
            4 Jackie Robinson
            11 Zack Greinke
            13 Joey Votto
            25 Mel Ott
            29 Ty Cobb
            31 Joe Mauer
            32 Carl Crawford
            37 Ryan Braun
            50 Al Kaline
            53 Jimmie Foxx
            60 Rogers Hornsby
            67 Dave Winfield
            81 Nelson Cruz
            82 Starlin Castro
            85 Frank Robinson
            91 Josh Johnson
            97 Stan Musial
            98 Aroldis Chapman




            *whew*

            3.01.2012

            Nominate Your Padres: Fun-Time Baseball Hall

            As voting winds down for the Orioles, it's time to solicit nominations for our next featured team: the San Diego Padres.

            If you'd like to nominate a Padre (or several) to possibly be placed on the first-year ballot for the franchise, please leave a comment with the name or names.

            Tony Gwynn, anyone. 

            Remember that the Fun-Time Hall will feature each franchise in 2012 and the number of first-year inductees is based on the age of the franchise. I've spelled out these rules many times before so I'll skip doing so this round.

            Meanwhile, if you haven't done so, be sure to get in your votes for the Orioles after taking a peak at this post. Thanks for voting!

            Search Me *shrugs*