Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Guys who should be in the Hall of Fame besides Selig

Last post I went off about Bud Selig being elected to the Hall of Fame. For this post, I want to discuss some players I feel should be in the Hall and for some reason aren't. Most of these guys are steroid-era guys. If I have a custom of them, I will put it up as well.

-Pete Rose. Pete is the career Hits leader in MLB. He admitted he bet on baseball, and if Selig, the kind of covering up sins is in, so should Rose.

-Joe Jackson. There is debate on if he really  helped throw the '19 World Series, and again, if Selig is in, Joe should be in.

-Barry Bonds. No question, if anyone from the steroid era needs to be in the Hall, it is Bonds.

-Curt Schilling. He was dominant in the regular season and postseason. No question he should be in.

-Jeff Bagwell. Bags was a great power hitter, and got on base alot. He would've even been greater if not for injuries.

-Larry Walker. I think some of Larry Walker's monster seasons get him in.  Many players who were considered the best of their decade got in the Hall, and Walker was certainly one of the best players in the '90's.

-Fred McGriff. Fred would be in already if he would've stayed with the Braves for the rest of his career. Falling 7 HRs short of 500 hurt him, and so did playing in Tampa. Put him in, already.

-Rafael Palmeiro. He hit 500 HRs and has 3000 Hits. He was one of the top hitters of the '90's.

-Sammy Sosa. Sosa was an elite HR hitter even before the steroid deal of 1998. Check out some of his stats from 1992-1997.

-Dave Parker. Parker was an elite power hitter on many playoff teams. I was surprised when I found out he wasn't in.

-Vladimir Guerrero, Vlad could hit a pitch in the dirt for a mile. He was one of the best players of the 2000's, and he never got a chance to play in 2012 because I believe the owners colluded to keep him out of MLB.

-Trevor Hoffman. Hoffman was an elite closer who held the MLB career Saves record for a short time.  Let him in already.

-Andy Pettite. As much as I hate the Yankees, I think he should be in. He was a great lefty who should've won the 1996 Cy Young award.

-Manny Ramirez. 500 HRs, a great playoff record. No question he should be in.

-George Steinbrenner. Another Yankee I don't like, but because of his legacy and legend, he should be in.

-Omar Vizquel. He was one of the best defensive players of his generation. Put him in.

-Joe Torre. I hate the Yankees. He was a great manager, even with the Cardinals before he was with New York. He was a decent player who won an MVP award. He's in.

-Jim Leyland. He led the Pirates to the Playoffs 3 times, the Marlins to a title, and the Tigers to the World Series twice. He deserves to be in.

Even before the steroid rumors, he his 49 HRs in his rookie season. Elect McGwire and get on with your lives.

These are just a few of the guys who I feel should be in. If Selig is in, so should guys who might have been overlooked because of their character or whatever.

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Selig in the Hall? Really?!!

So I've been feeling like this for years and never wrote anything about it, but last nights Hall of Fame announcement really pissed me off. I'm sure everyone has their own opinions and will write about it, but I just have to make my voice known.

First, how the hell can you elect Bud Selig and not Mark McGwire?  Selig has done nothing meaningful to the game and doesn't deserve to be in. The main 2 reasons that he got elected apparently are that he helped start MLB Network and, and that he got steroid testing into baseball. MLB Network can be ok at times, but all Selig did to get that going was sign paperwork. He didn't come up with the idea, and I'm sure he didn't come up with any ideas for shows or anything. When is the last time he even appeared on the network other than to give out an award? is nothing to be proud of. The heading for the news articles are a joke, and some of the articles are just laughable, mainly the trade rumors and predictions. All of the rest of the articles you can't read without seeing the word 'Statcast' or some other new stat-measuring thing that most of the baseball world doesn't care about. It also runs like crap on my iPhone 5, which should t happen, even for a slightly old phone.
Selig did sign the paper to have steroid tests approved, but remember, he turned a blind eye to the rampant steroid use in the '90's, and if you go back to his time as the Brewers owner, he turned a blind eye to it before then. You can't tell me that someone in their right mind wouldn't think something was shady about those Tony LaRussa A's teams in the '80's, and as an owner of an AL team back then, Selig should've said something.

Selig has done far more negative things than positive for baseball. It's been said before, but let me rehash it. Where do I start?  He moved his Brewers to the NL to pave the way for Interleague play, then the All-Star Game is meaningless. Let's not forget that he still had shares in the Brewers when he was Commissioner and did this. Too bad the Brewers didn't win a title since then, else it would've been another thing to add to the list. Selig had his hand on the strike in '94 as he and the owners couldn't budge just a little. He had a hand in collusion in the 'late '80's, and you can't tell me that collusion didn't happen in the 2000's. Decent players like Barry Bonds, Jermaine Dye, Derrek Lee, Vladimir Guerrero are just some of the players who were forced to retire towards he end of their 30's earlier than they wanted to because nobody would sign them. I think for whatever reason that owners colluded not to sign them.
Steroids were running rampant by 2002, and the All-Star game was another bright moment for Selig. With the game tied in the top of the 11th, and Selig decided to have the game finish in a tie if nobody scored in the 11th. Mind you, the NL had Vicente Padilla, a starter, and the AL had Freddy Garcia, another starter, pitching, and they only had pitched 2 Innings when the game was called. Selig could've call d each pitchers respective manager, and just gotten the ok to pitch them 3 more Innings, and somebody would've scored. So in 2003, with the ASG even more of a joke, Selig decides to give the winner of the game home field advantage in the World Series. The Minnesota Twins and Montreal Expos were Bud's next target, when he threatened to contract both teams. I can just see the Yankees licking their chops. Did I mention that during Selig's time that he never got a salary cap approved?  The Twins actually improved their attendance and their record, so they never got contracted, but soon, the Expos were sold to MLB, so Selig owned 2 teams at that point, the Expos and Brewers. Too bad they they both sucked then. The Expos played their home games in Puerto Rico at one point. Then MLB sold them and they moved to Washington. Expos fans were stunned. While this went on, Selig let the Marlins build a championship team, then trade it away twice. The Yankees were buying every free agent they could, and small market teams were out of the playoff hunt by June. I missed the fact that Selig realigned the divisions. Some of it made sense, but others didn't. He did this to add another playoff spot. I guess I'm ok with the first Wild Card. I am not fond of the second one. Another Selig idea. Another chance at the Yankees making the playoffs. Towards the end of Seligs reign of terror, the Marlins bought another nice team to give fans something to watch at their nice new ballpark. Then they traded it away the next season. Selig couldn't offer any help to the A's or Devil Rays who were struggling with a bad stadium location. Teams like Atlanta, who just built a new ballpark in 1997 were planning on building new ones in the late 2010's. The idea of having an even number of teams in each league (Selig's reason for moving his Brewers to the NL) was scrapped by Selig in favor of having Interleague play during the entire season. Selig decides that instead of moving his Brewers back to the AL, that he would move the Astros to the AL. He finally retired 2 years ago, and Rob Manfred has started the long task of erasing Selig's mess. He recently got a deal with owners and players signed in a much faster time than Selig, and one of the new parts of the deal was to make the team with the best record get home field advantage in the World Series, erasing Selig's ASG debacle.

If Selig is in, McGwire should be in, both played a part in the steroid mess, but McGwire did more for the game as a hitting coach than Selig has ever done as an owner and commissioner combined. I'm gonna stop here, but my next post will be on players and other people who should be in the Hall and some who I feel shouldn't be. Most of the players I am planning on writing about have customs that I made of them, so I will post those to so you can get your baseball card fix. Thanks for reading my latest post. Feel free to leave comments and any Selig disasters that I have forgotten to list.

Monday, November 28, 2016

1990 Topps #813 Buddy Bell

Buddy Bell was a decent player, and his skills kept his in the Big Leagues for 18 years. He played with the Cleveland Indians from 1972-1978, the Texas from 1979- the middle of the 1985 season. He was traded to the Cincinnati Reds, and stayed with them until the middle of the 1988 season when he was released. The Houston Astros picked him up for the rest of the season, and he played his final season in 1989 with the Rangers. After his playing career, he coached for many teams. Wikipedia says he coaches with the Reds for many years, but I have checklists made for every coach for the 1989-1992 seasons, and I don't see Bell anywhere for the Reds. He coached the Indians from 1994-1995. In 1996, he became the manager of the Detroit Tigers. He got fired from them in 1998, then became manager of the Colorado Rockies from 2000-2002. He coached the Cleveland Indians again from 2003-2004. He managed the Kansas City Royals from 2005-2007 before retiring.

Buddy appeared in every Topps set from 1973-1989. He also got into the 1988 Topps Traded set. His only missing card from his playing career is his sunset 1990 Topps card, so with this custom, his complete playing career Topps run is finished. Buddy has manager cards from the 2001, 2002, 2005 Update, 2006, and 2007 Topps sets. He is missing cards from the 1995,1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2008 Topps sets.

I've been working on a few templates lately, and have actually made some cards. I keep telling myself that once the rest of the templates are done (1989-2001), that it will be worth it and I can just crank out customs, but it is nice to actually make customs and not templates every once in a while. I also have some cards fro Richard that I need to post one of these days, so I'll have a busy week with stuff to do with customs, but it will be fun, especially if I can finish the 1994 set.
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Monday, November 21, 2016

1994 Topps #825 Steve Lyons

Well, it's been a good while since I've posted an actual card, so here is the next one in my set, a 1994 Topps Steve Lyons. Steve played in the Majors from 1985-1994. He came up in 1985 with the Red Sox, and played with them until the middle of the 1986 season when he was traded to the White Sox for Tom Seaver. He stayed with the Pale Hose until 1991, when he went back to the Red Sox. Steve spent 1992 with 3 teams, the Braves, Expos, and the Red Sox, the 3rd time he suited up for Boston in his career. Steve spent his final season with the Red Sox in 1993.
Steve was famous for his crazy personality, and earned the nickname "Psycho". His most famous moment was in 1990 against the Tigers when he slid into first base, and briefly pulled down his pants to shake out the dirt. He quickly realized what he had done and pulled them up, but that didn't stop the replay from being played over and over since. Back when I collected ttm autographs, I sent a few cards to Steve and he signed them and inscribed his nickname on them.

Steve got his rookie card in the 1986 Topps set. He appeared in the 1986 Traded set, and then in the regular set from 1987-1992. Richard, one of my readers, made a 1992 Topps Traded card for him in a Red Sox uni. At first, it's hard to say which team to put him with, since he played with Atlanta, Montreal, and the Red Sox in 1992, but by the time the 1992 Traded set would be released, Lyons was with Boston. I'm sure few, if any, photos exist of Lyons in a Braves or Expos uniform. Heck, Lyons himself might not have any. Steve is only missing a 1993 Topps card after I made this 1994 Topps custom.

My time has been split between work, baby, and making templates, but I have done a lot cardwise. The 1989 and 1990 Topps checklists are done. The 1991, 1993, and 2015 sets have the coaches done and are only missing players from the checklists, and all of the templates are done for the 1989-1993 sets, the 1996 set, and the 1999-2001 sets. The 1997 set is basically done, as you can steal most of the team logos from the 1996 set, and I am making headway with the 1994, 1995, and 1998 sets. Once I finish them, I will probably make templates for every team for the '97 set. The 2001 set almost has the complete checklist as well. I finished the NL teams, and have started on the AL teams. I think within a few months, every template will be done for the 1989-2001 sets, and more of the checklists will be finished. Good times are ahead and many players will have their first Topps cards and have their career Topps run finished. Stay tuned.
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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Templates 1989-2001

Well, I finally got out of the hospital and am going to try to post all of the templates that I have. If you have any questions or problems with any, let me know by commenting or emailing me at karensjer at gmail dot com, and I will get back to you.

This first one is the basic logo template I made. It has the First Round Draft Pick logos for the '89-'91 sets, as well as Future Star templates to add to the '89 and '90 sets, and a Season Highlight template for the '91 set.

This should be everything you need for the 1989 set. The checklist can be found here.

These are all you need for the 1990 set. I'm working on the checklist page. Here are the actual checklists I made for the set. 

And the templates for the set.

I don't have every one done for '91, but it's a good start and reader Paul B. is getting me the checklist for 1991-1995, so I'll have that up as soon as I can. 

I don't have every team for 1993, but I do have a few random templates for it. I'm looking forward to doing the coaches, and hope that they come out to an even number, because I don't know what I'm going to do if there is an odd coach to make a card of.

I have a few done for '94. 

The first template has most of the letters which I have cut out and added to the template from original cards since it is so difficult finding a font to match the originals. You should just be able to copy and paste each individual letter.

1996 is completely done. Checklist isn't made yet, but making the templates are half the battle. The coach cards will feature 4 per team, and the odd coaches out will get their own cards. 

This is another set where I cut out the letters. They need logos on each card, but you can probably swipe them from the 1996 templates.

A few of these have the whole picture cut out, and some don't. You can probably cut out the frame-like part and add it to the ones that have a whole picture in them. The prospects card is tricky, but if you can work with what I gave you, then you are a better custom maker than I am.

These are pretty easy to do, just add the team name, and rotate the card to add the player name. For the coach card, I just added a color bar, I need to make a manager template too. The manager cards I have done before are basically the same as the coach cards.

2000 is all the way done, just needs the checklist.

2001 is done, just needs the rest of the AL checklist made.

Thanks for checking out this post, and be sure to email me any cards you make if you want them included on my lists.