Monday, 7 January 2019

100 - Cecil Fielder

Maybe I should do a new year's resolution to post double digits worth of these in the 2019.

Here's the century mark, numbering-wise. UD didn't do like Topps with having notable players in the double zero spots, but things worked out nicely here.

Front photo:
Back photo:

Better photo?: It was strange that the slugger got a fielding and running photo on his card. I guess I'll give it to the front with the fielding for fielder.

Ties to my personal collections: Former Toronto Blue Jay.

Paragraphs in wikipedia entry: 18

Wiki-facts: He is the father of Prince Fielder...the first father and son to both have 50 home run seasons in MLB.

Google it: 2 of the entries on the first page are devoted to Prince.

How was his strike shortened 1994? 28 HR and 90 RBI with a .259 average.

Birthday boy: September 21, 1963. That's also the birthday of the man who lead off 1991's Fleer release - Troy Afenir. Also born on the date was NHL journeyman Troy Loney.

Up Next: #101 - Dave Fleming

Thursday, 22 November 2018

99 - Alex Fernandez

99 - Alex Fernandez

Front photo: Generic pitching photo.

Back photo: Generic pitching photo.

Better photo?: Double ZZZZZZ.

Ties to my personal collections: None.

Paragraphs in wikipedia entry: 5

Wiki-facts: "Alex Fernandez was inducted into the Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum Hall of Fame on September 13, 2008."

Google it: He's the second Alex Fernandez to appear, following actor Alex Fernandez (Commander in Chief, Without a Trace)

How was his strike shortened 1994? 11-7 with a 3.86 ERA.

Birthday boy: August 13, 1969. Nobody in the * was born that date. Staying in the world of athletics though, figure skater Midori Ito was born that date. There was also a ticker tape parade in New York City that date, not for the arrival of Alex or Midori, but for the Apollo 11 astronauts.

Up Next: #100 - Cecil Fielder

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

98 - Jeff Fassero

Front photo: Pitching.

Back photo: Pitching.

Better photo?: It may have been from the same pitch. I guess the horizontal photo wind.

Ties to my personal collections: An Expo!

Paragraphs in wikipedia entry: 12

Wiki-facts: Fassero is the current pitching coach for the (AAA Louisville) Bats.

Google it: In 2015, you could have bought his place!

How was his strike shortened 1994? He went 8-6 with a 2.99 ERA.

Birthday boy: January 5, 1963. Baseball-wise, he shares it with John Davis, who spent time in the majors from 1987-1990. Rogers Hornsby passed away on 1/5/63. NFLer Robert Ducksworth and NHLer Kevin Maguire were also born that day.

Up Next: Alex Fernandez

Sunday, 26 August 2018

97 - Rikkert Faneyte

Front photo: Looks like he's enjoying some chaw.

Back photo: Posing.

Better photo?: The second has Dodger Stadium visible. While that would be perfect for a Dodger card, it is still OK for a Giants one.

Ties to my personal collections: None.

Paragraphs in wikipedia entry: 1.

Wiki-facts: "He was a member of the Dutch National Team which finished in fifth position at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia."

Google it: Had his number retired by the Amsterdam Pirates.

How was his strike shortened 1994? 26 AB with 3 hits for a .115 average. But they were all doubles and plated 4 runs. Efficiency!

Birthday boy: Born: May 31, 1969. Fellow MLBer Tim Van Egmond was also born that date. Mike Mooney, who played one more game in the NFL than  myself is a 5/31/69 baby. Keith Owens was a little more successful with his NBA career, playing in 20 games for the Lakers. The most successful of the lot was probably NHL enforcer Jeff Odgers, who played 821 games, and spent over 2300 minutes in the sin bin.

Up Next: Jeff Fassero

Sunday, 29 July 2018

96 - Scott Erickson

Front photo: Looking super-casual during a visit to Oakland.

Back photo: Discussing something w/ Lenny Webster.

Better photo?: I love cards where the stadium also features prominently - the front.

Silver Signature:
Almost lost against the background of that jacket.

Ties to my personal collections: Pitched two games for the Mets in 2004, but never got a card for it. (0-1, 7.88)

Paragraphs in wikipedia entry: 11.

Wiki-facts: Middle name is Gavin! And yes, he's sorta already a greatest Gavin.

Google it: Watch him put the final touch on a no-hitter.

How was his strike shortened 1994? That no-hitter was 1 of his 8 wins to go alongside 11 losses. The ERA was 5.44.

Birthday boy: February 2, 1968. Sean Elliott, a former NBA champion whose number was retired by the San Antonio Spurs was born that day as well. Also, NFLer Huey Richardson and NHLers Ed Courtenay & Jean-Marc Rothier were 2-2-68 babies.

Up Next: Rikkert Faneyte

Sunday, 1 July 2018

95 - Doug Drabek

Front photo: Happy about something.

Back photo: Pitching at Wrigley.

Better photo?: While the ivy doesn't look to be out in full force, I have to vote for the Wrigley photo.

Ties to my personal collections: Not directly, but his son Kyle would play for the Jays at one point.

Paragraphs in wikipedia entry: 8. Seems low.

Wiki-facts: "He is the pitching coach for the Double A Jackson Generals."

Google it: Punked!
How was his strike shortened 1994? 12-6 with an ERA of 2.84. Was an all-star.

Birthday boy: July 25, 1962. Longtime Indianapolis Colts kicker Dean Biasucci shares a birthday with Drabek.

Up Next: Scott Erickson

Saturday, 23 June 2018

94 - Gary Di Sarcina

Front photo: An easy throw to second base.

Back photo: Holding the mask.

Better photo?: I'm really wondering why he's got the mask, but none of the other catcher's gear. The puzzling back photo gets my vote, especially since I don't think he ever actually caught a MLB game.

Ties to my personal collections: Current bench coach for the Mets.

Paragraphs in wikipedia entry: 12

Wiki-facts: "A DiSarcina fly ball was caught by Texas Ranger Rusty Greer for the final out of Kenny Rogers' perfect game on July 28, 1994."

Google it: "I’ve learned real quickly in this game as a staff member, never doubt somebody when they say they’re injured."

How was his strike shortened 1994? .260 BA with 3 Hr and 33 RBI over 421 AB.

Birthday boy: November 19, 1967. Not too much in the sporting world, but CNN journalist Randi Kaye was born that date. TVB, the first wireless TV station in Hong Kong, also hit the air that day.

Up Next: Doug Drabek