Tuesday, 20 September 2016

64 - Jeff Branson

64 - Jeff Branson

Front photo: Throwing.

Back photo: Batting.

Better photo?: Neither is spectacular, but I'll give the nod to the back for the hint of a sleeve logo.

Ties to my personal collections: None.

Paragraphs in wikipedia entry: 4

Wiki-facts: "On November 18, 2013, Branson was named hitting coach of the Pittsburgh Pirates." He's still there.

Google it: The only reference to this Jeff Branson on the first page of results is the link to his baseball-reference page. Most are for a soap opera actor.

How was his stike shortened 1994? Batted .284 for 6 HR and 16 RBI over 109 AB.

Birthday boy: January 26, 1967. The only baseball player born that date is Tim Pugh, who was a teammate of Branson from 1992-1995 in Cinci. Pugh will make his appearance in this set at card #234. Rod Dallman, who played 6 games for the Islanders and Flyers is the NHL representative for that date. No NBA or NFLers were born that date. Col Needham, who founded the Internet Movie Database, was also born that date.

Up Next: #65 George Brett

Thursday, 8 September 2016

63 - Ryan Bowen

63 - Ryan Bowen

Front photo: A pitcher at the plate! And laying down a bunt! I think this hits about 10 different bloggers mini collections?

Back photo: Does it matter?

Better photo?: Is there any doubt?

Ties to my personal collections: See 'Birthday boy'.

Paragraphs in wikipedia entry: 3

Wiki-facts: "was chosen in the 3rd round of the 1992 MLB Expansion Draft by the Florida Marlins"

Google it: This particular Ryan Bowen is listed after a basketball player and a hockey player when googled. The hockey guy is playing in the WHL with the Moose Jaw Warriors, and the basketball guy's photo on wikipedia looks like he's wearing a stocking mask while robbing a 7-11.

How was his stike shortened 1994? Went 1-5 with an ERA of 4.94.

Birthday boy:  February 10, 1968. Eddie Zosky, former Toronto Blue Jay was born that date. They were teammates as Zosky played in 6 games for the 1995 Marlins. No NBA or NFL content, but Peter Popovic brings the NHL alumni.

Up Next: 64 - Jeff Branson

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

62 - Daryl Boston

62 - Daryl Boston

Front photo: Swinging.

Back photo: Tracking down a pop-up, with a mysterious teammate losing his cap.

Better photo?: Not really a 1981 John Pacella, but I gotta go with the back image.

Ties to my personal collections: Former Met. Younger brother DJ was a former Blue Jays farmhand.

Paragraphs in wikipedia entry: 5

Wiki-facts: "In 2013, White Sox manager Robin Ventura named Boston the team's first base coach." He's still there.

Google it: The first page contains an article about how he, Vince Coleman and Dwight Gooden avoided rape charges in 1992. Charming. That isn't in his wiki article.

How was his stike shortened 1994? He spent it with the Yankees, hitting 4 HR and 14 RBI with a sub-Mendoza BA of .182. His last MLB season was 1994.

Birthday boy: January 4, 1963. He was the only MLBer born that date. In fact, no alum of the major 4 teams sports was born that date. However, he does share the birthdate with Kids in the Hall/Newsradio's Dave Foley.

Up Next: Ryan Bowen

Sunday, 14 August 2016

61 - Mike Bordick

61 - Mike Bordick

Front photo: Diving to make a stop.

Back photo: Looks like some random Twin is about to get tagged out on his leg.

Better photo?: Nice action shot with nice usage of a horizontal design gives it to the front.

Ties to my personal collections: Played for both my favourite teams, with stops with the Mets and Jays. Pretty much the definition of a rent-a-player as a Met, as he was traded to the Mets after an injury to Rey Ordonez, and was back with Baltimore for next season.

Paragraphs in wikipedia entry: 5

Wiki-facts: "Bordick starred for the Hampden Academy Broncos and now the High School field is named in his honor."

Google it: The first pitch he saw at Shea was hit for a home run.

How was his stike shortened 1994? Batter .254 with 2 HR and 37 RBI.

Birthday boy: July 21, 1965. Mike is the only MLB-er born that date. In the NFL, Louis Berry, who punted for two games with the 1987 Falcons was born that date. No NHLers or NBAers were 7/21/65 babies. GuĂ°ni Bergsson, an Icelandic soccer player turned lawyer, is a 7/21/1965 baby. Although 7 years apart, Mike's former teammate, the late Dave Henderson, was born on 7/21/1958.

Up Next: Daryl Boston

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

60 - Pat Borders

60 - Pat Borders

Front photo: Sitting on his arse.

Back photo: A rare defensive photo featuring the catcher.

Better photo?: The first photo just seems odd and unflattering. It doesn't look like a post-slide photo. It seems like it is post-brushback pitch instead. Strange. Back photo for the win.

Ties to my personal collections: He's a Blue Jay. I also have a Team USA relic of him.

Paragraphs in wikipedia entry: 9

Wiki-facts: "Borders is one of only four players to have won both a World Series championship and an Olympic gold medal, along with Doug Mientkiewicz and Cuban players Orlando Hernandez and Jose Contreras."

Google it: In a 2011 post, bluebirdbanter.com listed Pat as #54 on the list of 55 greatest Jays of all time.

How was his stike shortened 1994? 3 HR and 26 RBI with a .247 average over 85 games.

Birthday boy: May 14, 1963. Former Mets farmhand Shawn Barton was born that date. Also, NFLers Kevin Lilly and Bob Beemer. In news, Kuwait joined the United Nations.

Up Next: #61 - Mike Bordick

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

59 - Bret Boone

59 - Bret Boone

Front photo: Trying to turn a double play in spring training. Nice cameo, too.

Back photo: Generic fielding photo.

Better photo?: An easy win for the front photo. Even without a special guest.

Ties to my personal collections: None.

Paragraphs in wikipedia entry: 16.

Wiki-facts: "On the last day of the 1998 season, the Reds helped him make baseball trivia history by starting the only infield ever composed of two sets of brothers: first baseman Stephen Larkin, second baseman Bret Boone, shortstop Barry Larkin, and third baseman Aaron Boone."

Google it: If you have 9.5 million around, you can buy his place in California.


How was his stike shortened 1994? He was in Cincy for this season, and batted .320 with 12 HR and 68 RBI.

Birthday boy: April 6, 1969. No other MLB alumni were born that date. In basketball, the late Bison Dele was a 4/6/1969 baby. From the NFL, former Philadelphia Eagle Andy Harmon was born that day. Staying in Philly, Jeff Harding, who played 15 games for the Flyers also matches up.
Outside the sporting world, actor Paul Rudd was also born that date.

Up Next: #60 - Pat Borders

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

58 - Bobby Bonilla

58 - Bobby Bonilla

Front photo: Diving back to the base.

Back photo: Looking like he'll be late applying the tag to 3rd.

Better photo?: The second is more of a Mets-ish photo for that time.

Ties to my personal collections: Is a Met. In my DVD collection, he got referenced, albeit not by name, in the opening scene of the Season 3 Law & Order episode, The Corproate Veil, first airing on Oct 14, 1992.

(a police office throws a baseball back to some children)

Officer 1: They should put you on the corner at Shea.
Officer 2: I'd go for a hell of a lot less than 29 mil...guy's a bum. What's he hitting, .220? (He had finished the season hitting .249 in 1992)
Officer 1: He's better than the last guy they had.
Officer 2: The least he could do is break a leg. Can't hurt the team from the DL.


Paragraphs in wikipedia entry: 17

Wiki-facts: "Bonilla's stay in New York was also marred by a number of incidents, such as threatening sportswriter Bob Klapisch that he would "show him the Bronx" in response to his book on the 1992 Mets, The Worst Team Money Could Buy: The Collapse Of The New York Mets".

Google it: Until 2035, he will get paid by $1,193,248.20 by the Mets.  http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/news/happy-bobby-bonilla-payday-mets-fans/

How was his stike shortened 1994? Batted .290 with 20 HR and 67 RBI. Also struck out 101 times, just 2 behind his career high, but with over 200 fewer plate appearances.

Birthday boy: Feb 23, 1963. NHLer Doug Kostynski, who spent 15 NHL games in a Bruins uniform was born that date. No NBA of NFL call that their birth date. Outside the sporting world, Polish politician Radoslaw Sikorski was born that date.

Up Next: #59 - Bret Boone