Why Joe Mauer? He was the 2009 American League MVP!
Minnesota Twins fans got great news last weekend. Joe Mauer will be the centerpiece of the Twins lineup until 2018.
Joe has made some major accomplishments since his MLB debut in 2004. Joe is already a 3x All-Star, a 3x batting champ, a 2x Gold Glove Award winner, and oh yah... he has that MVP award too. Most impressive.
The son of Mr. Padre seems to have found his own place in San Diego. Tony Gwynn, Jr. was traded to the orgainzation that his father spent his entire career with on May 21, 2009. Entering 2010, Tony Jr will be expected to hold down centerfield as an everyday outfielder at Petco Park.
The San Diego Padres have gone through a lot of roster moves since 2008. They don't have many players still around who were wearing a Padres uniform when the 08 Topps set came out. However, their manager hasn't changed.
After a 15-year MLB career, Bud Black is entering his fourth season as manager of the Padres.
Little known fact: Bud Black was a member of the 1985 World Champion Kansas City Royals.
Hernan Iribarren began Spring Training 2010 in Maryvale with the Milwaukee Brewers and he will be finishing it in Surprise as a member of the Texas Rangers. He was claimed off waivers by the Rangers on March 13th.
Regardless of which team he plays for, Hernan has a nice signature that shows up great on his 08 Topps card.
When we decided to try and get some Milwaukee Brewers autographs the other day, we were hoping to be able to add Prince Fielder to our 08 Topps collection. Lucky for us, Prince was in a great mood and signed a ton of autographs that day. We were very glad to be able to get his card from Series Two of our set signed.
Prince is one of the best power hitters in the league. He is a two time All-Star and you may remember he even won the Home Run Derby last year.
Thanks, Prince! This is going to be one of my son's favorites!
It seems like Milwaukee Brewers second baseman, Rickie Weeks has been around forever. The former Golden Spikes Award Winner is still trying to live up to the potential that made him the number 2 pick in the country in 2003. I still like Rickie and hope he has a breakout year in 2010.
Former Arizona Diamondbacks fan favorite, Doug Davis is back in Brewers camp this spring. He had previously pitched with the Brewers for four seasons before coming to the desert.
Little known fact: Doug has established the Doug Davis Foundation to help assist children with various medical, social and family needs. The foundation has done a great deal of work with helping the families of children with autism.
It seems like we've been getting autographs from a lot of players who are coming back from injury. Milwaukee Brewers pitcher, Chris Capuano is another one. An All-Star in 2006, Chris has been rehabbing after Tommy John surgery. He is looking to make his way back to the Brewers rotation in 2010.
We went to see the Brewers a few days ago. They had a lot of players with 08 Topps cards that we needed to get signed for our set. We didn't get them all but did very well overall.
First up is Milwaukee Brewers star outfielder, Ryan Braun. Ryan was Rookie of the Year in 2007. He has been an All-Star twice and he even led the National League in hits in 2009.
Ryan has four cards in the 08 Topps set. We decided to get started with his Rookie of the Year card from Series One. Another awesome addition to our set. This one is definitely one of our favorites thus far.
Aroldis is one of the most interesting story lines entering in the 2010 season. Over the summer my Grandma and I watched a report about his defection on ESPN's Outside the Lines. If you're a Cincinnatti Reds fan, this will be a fun season to watch.
Picked up a pack of 2010 Topps Opening Day this morning at Target. If you haven't seen these yet, they are exactly like the regular issue Topps cards but with an Opening Day logo in one of the corners.
I did pull a parallel card of Braves pitcher, Tommy Hanson and a Chipper Jones Topps Town Stars insert. Feel free to steal the code, I'm not a Topps Town guy.
2010 Topps Opening Day: 1 - Prince Fielder 11 - Tommy Hanson #'d 1881/2010 44 - Ivan Rodriguez 99 - David Price 161 - Chad Billingsley 196 - Raul Ibanez TTS3 - Chipper Jones
Eric Patterson was an eight round draft pick by the Chicago Cubs, the same team that drafted his brother ( Corey Patterson ). Eric was traded to the A's during the 2008 season in the deal that sent Rich Harden to Chicago.
After missing all of the 2009 season, Justin Duchscherer is back and ready to take the mound for the Oakland A's. Justin has always been an extremely nice guy. He signed autographs for a good thirty minutes at the practice we went to a few days ago. Thanks, Justin! Great autograph on a great card!
Ryan Sweeney was acquired by the Oakland A's in the trade that sent Nick Swisher to the White Sox. Since then, he has only played in 40 games. The Athletics will be looking to find him more playing time in their outfield during 2010.
I had to make a trip to my local Target this afternoon and I was hoping they would have the new 2010 Topps Heritage cards. I haven't seen too much in the blogosphere about this set but I had heard that these had been released.
They had about six Jumbo Packs on the shelf. The Jumbo Packs are slightly transparent and you can easily tell which card is on the top of the pack for the upper section. I passed up Kendry Morales and went with the second pack I saw. The Babe Ruth 60th Home Run card was visable. Not sure why but I thought maybe the Babe would bring me some luck. He did! I pulled a Ryan Dempster Clubhouse Collection relic card.
It's rare that I've done a blog post that wasn't related to the 2008 Topps set but it is something I would like to try to start doing more of.
2010 Topps Heritage:
8 - Rajai Davis 35 - Gordon Beckham 36 - Glen Perkins 61 - Ryan Church 113 - Jonathan Papelbon 132 - Ozzie Guillen 160 - Andy Pettitte 233 - Ian Kinsler 307 - A.J. Burnett 401 - Babe Ruth 452 - Cliff Pennington 463 - Atlanta Braves
Why Andre Dawson? Growing up I was a HUGE Cubs fan. My two favorite players were Ryne Sandberg and Andre Dawson. I remember spending plenty of summer days watching Cubs games on WGN with my dad. Nothing better than listening to Harry Carey and Steve Stone call a day game from Wrigley Field.
I figured that card number eight for our custom set had to go to the newest member of the Hall of Fame, "The Hawk."
My son and I went out to Peoria today to see the Padres for the first time this year. We started off our day over at the practice fields. When we walked in, two of the Peoria Diamond Club volunteers were waiting to greet us and ask if we would like to purchase a scorecard for the low price of one dollar. I hardly every carry cash but I happened to have a few dollars in my wallet so I made the purchase.
While the first gentleman was taking my money, the second asked if my son would like some Padres stickers for free. Sure why not? And then he asked if we would like some free baseball cards. Yes, please!
I figured it would be some kind of sample pack or something relatively uninteresting but there was no way I was going to turn down free cards. To my surprise he pulled out an 08 Topps Padres team set and handed it to my son. Sweet! How did he know that's our set?
A big thank you to the San Diego Padres and the Peoria Diamond Club. This was a great way to start off our day. By the time we left, we were able to add six more signed 08 Topps cards to our set as well.
In addition to cards we got signed today, I still have some Brewers, Rangers, A's, Dodgers, and Mariners stuff to post about. Starting Monday, I think I'll post about two cards per day instead of one to try to through as much as possible before Opening Day.
Thanks to everyone who has been reading and commenting! February was a great month. We had the most posts ever in a single month and will probably top that in March. Also, our checklist on Google Docs was updated yesterday for the first time since it's creation.
Last year, I was able to get off to a good start on our set by getting cards signed by most of the Texas Rangers players. Pitcher Eric Hurley was one guy I didn't have a shot at getting. He missed all of 2009 with a torn rotator cuff but is already practicing with the rest of his team in Surprise, Arizona.