Daily Archives: December 16, 2015

Ranking The Top Rookie Baseball Card Classes From Topps For The Last 31 Years; 31-21

ToppsI’ve been slacking on the baseball card side of this blog so far and want to start righting that ship starting today.  Being close to 40, I started collecting cards 31 years ago when I bought my first packs and eventual box of 1985 Topps baseball cards.  There has been a ton of change in the industry, but Topps remains consistent as the only licensed manufacture of cards by both MLB and the Players association.

With that said, I had recently gone through some cards and was amazed at some of rookie card classes in recent years, which gave me an idea to rank the classes since I’ve been collecting.

Let’s take a look at what that looks like…

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Pittsburgh Pirates must continue to strengthen bullpen

Recent history shows that good things happen when the Pittsburgh Pirates pay close attention to their bullpen. 2016 should be no exception.

In 2012 the Pittsburgh Pirates found themselves in the middle of ‘Epic Collapse II.’ While their miserable finish to the season would extend one of the most notorious streaks in professional sports, that particular season served as a blueprint to illustrate how the team could improve its fortunes going forward.

That blueprint was not found at an everyday position; nor was it found with the men tapped to start the game on the pitcher’s mound.

It was found in the bullpen.

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1965 American League Champions crossword puzzle

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The snow is falling and it is a bit chilly outside as you rush around preparing for the up-coming holiday season. Presents to buy, decorating to do and all that baking is still to be done or maybe you are just at the office looking to kill some time before your next meeting so maybe you should sit down for a bit and forget all the pressures of your life and think back 50 years to the summer of 1965 and the great pennant run of Minnesota Twins.

I have been doing a series on the 1965 American League champions all season long in this the 50th anniversary of that great season. This is the 36th and final installment of that series and it is in the form of a crossword puzzle. It will hopefully bring back some wonderful memories of the year when the Minnesota Twins won 102 games and advanced to the 1965 World Series only to lose in seven games to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The puzzle contains the names of all the players and coaches (some more than once) that were on the 1965 roster and many other interesting facts about the 1965 Twins team.

You can find the puzzle at http://wp.me/p1YQUj-3Kb

Nationals Showing Interest In Brandon Phillips

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There are current reports that say the Washington Nationals have contacted the Cincinnati Reds in a possible trade which would involve All-Star second baseman Brandon Phillips.

While nothing is written in stone just yet, there are two things to think about when it comes to this possible deal: 1) the thirty-four year old is still under contract with the Reds for two more years which will pay him $27 million 2) Phillips has a no-trade clause which means that he would need to be notified of the possible deal and then waive the clause in order for it to be finalized.

The veteran second baseman who is known for his solid defensive skills, hit .294 last season along with twelve homers and twenty-three stolen bases, the most bases he has stolen since 2009.He is a four-time National League Gold Glove Award Winner, the 2011 Silver Slugger Award Winner and three-time All-Star.

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Jays’ Nest Podcast #51: Ranting & The Bullpen

Jays Journal brings you Episode 51 of the Jays’ Nest Podcast. This week we discuss the Blue Jays quiet offseason, their bullpen situation and much more!

Episode 51 of the Jays’ Nest Podcast brings you a frustrated rant from yours truly as the Toronto Blue Jays have been fairly quite this winter. It is a common theme among some fans as they wonder just how the club will defend its AL East title with the offseason they’ve had. But, this isn’t just any old rant. The discussion gets at the root of frustrations. We talk bullpen and much more, including the Greatest Blue Jays of All Time.

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Odds To Win The 2016 MLB World Series

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The Cubs signed Jason Heyward over the last week - and may have dealt a massive blow to the rest of the National League that could be felt for several years.  Despite the signing, the odds for Chicago, St. Louis and Los Angeles Dodgers did not change.  This is not what is supposed to happen when a player like Heyward signs.  The +800 odd is a absolutely bang on though.  I would not put any money down for the value, however they would be my pick to win the World Series if I picked any one team right now for next year's Fall Classic. The Cubs signed Jason Heyward over the last week – and may have dealt a massive blow to the rest of the National League that could be felt for several years. Despite the signing, the odds for Chicago, St. Louis and Los Angeles Dodgers did not change. This is not what is supposed to happen when a player like Heyward signs. The +800 odd is bang on though. I would not put any money down for the value, however they would be my pick to win the World Series if I picked any one team right now for next year’s Fall Classic.

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The ripple effect of the Johnny Cueto‘s signing did not hit the odds very much for the Giants.  San Fran went from +1800 to only +1600 in one week.  The Dodgers also did not lose…

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