Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Tigers Card Tuesday- 2021 Project 70 Akil Baddoo

Today's leadoff hitter for the Detroit Tigers against the Chicago White Sox, speedy outfielder Akil Baddoo, is the subject of today's Tigers Card Tuesday! 


2021 Topps Project 70 #384 Akil Baddoo ( 1990 Topps by Tyson Beck)

7️⃣0️⃣  The Project 70 cards are interesting, and they're not for everyone, but some of the cards are well done, including this Tyson Beck 1990 Topps version. 

👉 The Tigers are woefully under represented in the Project 70 Series, with just 5 cards. ( Al Kaline, Ty Cobb (2), Baddoo, and Miguel Cabrera).

👉 In last years Project 2020 Series, there were no Tigers players represented.

🐯 I'm hoping to own all the Tigers cards in the Project 70 Series, mostly, I guess, because there's so few of them, and they are, to an extent, a poor man's way of collecting art, as the cards are paintings done by each individual artist.

5️⃣ The Tigers selected the speedy outfielder in the Rule 5 Draft in December 2020, from the Minnesota Twins, and from his first appearance wearing the Olde English D, Baddoo has been special to watch.

🤔 Do you have any Project 70 Cards?

     Any Project 2020 Cards? 

Have a terrific Tuesday, and, hey, Play BALL! ⚾️

Monday, September 20, 2021

Monday Mopup, September 20, 2021

What a weekend it was for sports teams from the Great State of Michigan! 

🐯⚾️ First, our Detroit Tigers went to the dungeon know as Tropicana Field and survived a meltdown on Friday night to come back with wins on Saturday and Sunday, splitting the 4 game series, and winning the season series.

The Tigers shut out Tampa Sunday afternoon, with starting pitcher Wily Peralta tossing 7 scoreless innings.

❌ One of my favorite Twitter follows is Umpire Scorecards, a page that shows each Home Plate Umpire's performance from the previous days games.

😎 The human element is such a huge part of sports, and, as bad as some umps are, most are really good at a job that's far from easy.

Give them a follow if you are on Twitter. 

🏈 Michigan, Western Michigan, and Michigan State all won their games on Saturday, which doesn't always happen.

👉 Michigan beat Northern Illinois at The BIG House, the Broncos upset Pittsburgh, at Heinz Field, and underdog Sparty went down to South Florida and beat the Hurricanes.


🦁🏈 What a fine end to a great football weekend it'll be if our Detroit Lions could beat the Packers at Lambeau Field tonight. 

The Lions have only won once in Green Bay since 1991, and tonight the Lions will try and beat a Packers team that was humiliated by the Saints in Week One.

1️⃣2️⃣ One more thing that made the weekend awesome was 45 year old Tom Brady throwing 5 TD passes against the Falcons, giving the former Michigan QB 9 TD passes in the two games so far in 2021.

3️⃣ Our friend Fugi posted a cool collecting idea that I hadn't ever though about.

So, here's a trifecta to show....I'll start with Matthew Boyd, my current PC.

RC)                                2015 Topps Update GOLD

Relic)                         2020 Topps Triple Threads, #1/3

Autograph)                          2021 Topps 1986 Anniversary 

This is a cool idea, and I hope to see more posts using the trifecta of cards.

1️⃣9️⃣7️⃣0️⃣ Over at The Shlabotnik Report, 1970s, A-Z, one of the players in the post is former slugging 3rd Baseman of the White Sox, Bill Melton, my favorite ChiSox player of All-Time.

4️⃣6️⃣ This afternoon in Cleveland, baseball history was made as Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez hit his 46th home run, a big league record for catchers in a single season.

🅱️  Johnny Bench, considered the greatest of all baseball catchers, hit 45 HRs in 1970, the year he was the National League MVP, at age 23.

1️⃣ Perez won't win the A.L. MVP Award this year, as Shohei Ohtani and Vladimir Guerrero,  Jr. will finish 1/2, but he'll no doubt finish 3rd, and he'll definitely win the Silver Slugger Award for catchers.

Well, that's it for today, as the Tigers game has already started against Chicago.

Thanks, again, for stopping by the blog, it's much appreciated. 

Have an awesome week, Play BALL! ⚾️

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Tigers Card Tuesday... Miguel Cabrera Topps Now 500th Home Run

               HAPPY Tigers Card Tuesday! 

On Sunday, August 22, 2021, Miguel Cabrera hit his 500th Career Home Run, the 28th player in the history of the big leagues to join the exclusive club of power hitters. 

🐯⚾️ Cabrera is the first player to hit his 500th HR in a Tigers uniform, and the opposite field shot was his 362nd as a Tigers player, trailing the 373 dingers hit by Norm Cash, and the 399 HRs hit by HOFer Al Kaline. 

👉As of today, Miggy now sits at 502 career HRS, 364 as a Detroit Tiger. 

5️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ Over the weekend my friend Michael, from our Detroit Tigers Collector's Facebook group, brought over the package of Topps NOW cards that he ordered.

👉 Of the 10 he ordered, I only wanted two of the special cards, and both are now secure in my collection of Miggy's cards.

I must say, Topps did a tremendous job on this card, using the picture of Miggy coming out of the Tigers dugout in Toronto to acknowledge the crowd  that was applauding the history achievement of one of the greatest players of my lifetime. 

📌 Topps NOW cards aren't for everyone, and I don't always get the cards, however, for an occasion like this, being a life-long Detroit fan, it was a must have card.

📬 I have a couple more Miggy cards coming in the mail soon, and it'll certainly find their way into another TCT post.

Have a great day, and, as always, remember,  PLAY BALL! ⚾️ 

Monday, September 6, 2021

Monday Mopup, Happy Labor Day!

Here's to all the hard working Americans who deserve a day of rest and relaxation. 

Labor Day is one of those unofficial baseball dates. 

 ðŸš©Back in the days before Divisional Play (pre-1969), today was one if those days on the baseball calendar used as a barometer for pennant contenders, along with Memorial Day, July 4th, and the All-Star break.

👉 If your favorite club was in first place on one of those days, you were a happy kid, if not, "wait 'till next year" was your rally cry.

🐯⚾️ The Tigers lost in Pittsburgh today. 6-3, kind of a bummer after they won 2 of 3 games over the weekend in Cincinnati.

💗💗 We're a bit less than a month until October, and Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The annual "Save Second Base" event held by our friend Collecting Cutch always includes the leader in doubles in the National League, and, going into today, that player is Tommy Edman, of the St.Louis Cardinals. 

3️⃣9️⃣ The overall leader in doubles is Jeimer Candelario of the Tigers, who has 39 two baggers as of today.

Jeimer, in his 5th year with Detroit, is having a good year, playing 122 games at 3rd Base, with 135 Base hits.

The last Detroit player to lead the Junior Circuit in doubles was Miguel Cabrera, who collected 52 back in 2014.

3️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ Over the weekend the battery of Adam Wainwright and Yadier Molina became just the 4th pitcher/catcher teammates to start 300 games together. 

👉 Baseball is made for special records like this, two men who've been together for 15 years, winning along of baseball games, including a pair of World Series Championships, in 2006, and 2011.

Molina is one of my favorite ballplayers, an amazing catcher who's on his way to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

🐯⚾️ FYI, the battery mates with the most starts in a career are a pair of Tigers, Mickey Lolich, and William Ashley Freehan. 


My beloved Michigan Wolverines kicked off their 142nd season of Inter-Collegiate Football with a resounding win over Western Michigan, 47-14, at The Big House, on Saturday. 

〽️🏈〽️ The win was #965 for Michigan, the most in college football  history. 

💻 Blogging Around 

Today is National Read a Book Day, something I didn't know until reading the post by Fugi this morning. 

2️⃣ The last book I read (didn't finish it), was

📖 I read the book on my return trip from Idaho this spring on the flight back to Kalamazoo, my hometown, and the place Derek Jeter grew up.

I enjoyed reading it, I love baseball books, and I definitely need to finish it up. 

🥒⛰ My fellow Tigers and Michigan fan, Dennis, continues to amaze me with his collection of baseball cards.

His latest post features former Wolverines pitcher Rich Hill, and his additions via trade,of cards of the current pitcher of the New York Mets.

One of my recent pickup of Hill was from a special 25 year Anniversary Set of the Lansing Lugnuts.

I ordered the set right from the team, just to get the Matthew Boyd card, so I could add it to my collection.

📌 The Shlabotnik Report checked in to say hi, and posted a sweet 1962 Topps card of Dick Williams. 

👀 Wanna win some FREE cards, well, head over to Sport Card Collector, and, hey, good luck! 

Jason Thompson was a  slugging 1st Baseman for my Tigers in the mid-late 1970s.

Thanks to When Topps Had Balls, for producing a very cool card of the All-Star first sacker, and "1977 30 Home Run Club." 

Hope ya'll had a terrific weekend, and enjoyed time with family and friends.

Have a terrific week, and thanks for taking time out of your day to read this blog.

Play BALL! ⚾️

Monday, August 23, 2021

Monday Mopup, 8/24/2021

What a wave of emotions it's been for me over the past few days.

From the low of my baseball hero, Bill Freehan, passing away, last Thursday night, to watching history on television yesterday afternoon, as the great Miguel Cabrera became just the 28th player to hit 500 career homers.

5️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ Cabrera's historical dinger cane off lefty pitcher Steven Matz, a 400 foot rocket that cleared the RCF wall at Rogers Centre in Toronto 🇨🇦. 

#️⃣5️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ This Topps NOW Card is available for 24  order it here

⚾️🐯 Topps BUNT players got this cool avatar today.

💙 Man, I love all the attention Miggy is getting,  it's very well deserved.

👏👏 Oh, and Tigers centerfielder Derek Hill made the catch of the year as well, helping the Tigers win the series against the Blue Jays.

📌 I may have sent a litte karma to Miggy yesterday, as my mailbox included a few new cards for the Cabrera Collection. 

⚾️ It's been quite the week in baseball, headed up by the Atlanta Braves, winners of nine straight games, and the Bronx Bombers, winners of 9 consecutive games themselves.

👉 The two teams meet in Atlanta today for a quick two game Inter-League series, and I'll definitely keep an eye out.

💜🔥💯 When the Yankees are on TV, I try to catch all of Giancarlo Stanton's at bats...he's Tracy's favorite current ballplayer.

🪙 On the flip side, the Chicago Cubs, who emptied their once mighty squad at the July 31st trade deadline, have lost 13 straight games at home, and 18 out of 22 games.

👉 Joc Pederson, one of my favorite ballplayers, has hit 15 HRs this season...11 of them with the Cubs, and 4 since being traded to the Braves.

1️⃣8️⃣ Another bad squad is the Baltimore Orioles, lovers of 19 straight games.

↘️ I was around in 1989 when the Orioles lost 21 games in a row...it was to start the season, I believe. 

🌞🛥 I was feeling well enough on Saturday to make a trip to Marble Lake, about an hour east of Portage.

🤳😊 We ate hamburgers, hot dogs, potato & macaroni salad before gathering together with our church friends and taking a pontoon boat trip for a couple of hours.

(The camera loves my Princess...but not as much as I do!)

(Our Pastor, Tom Gregg, one terrific man of faith.)

😎 It was a good time go get out on the water and relax, something much needed for me, as my heart was, is, still sad because of the passing of my baseball hero, Bill Freehan. 

🐯⚾️ Freehan, 79, passed away last Thursday, after a long battle with Alzheimers.

#️⃣1️⃣1️⃣ was with me for all of my 5️⃣4️⃣  years as a baseball fan, and it's gonna be hard to get over that, even at my age.

Baseball is such a terrific game, the best game, the sport that has the most heart, romance, and history, and it's very difficult when our heroes aren't around anymore. 

No matter our age, be it 7, or, 61, our love of baseball will always be there, because deep down, the best times of our existence have been playing baseball on the sandlots of our youth, standing up to the plate pretending to be Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Stan Musial, Ernie Banks, AL Kaline, Roberto Clemente, and, yes, William Ashley Freehan. 

💙 I cannot thank ya'll enough for all the kind words about Bill Freehan since last Thursday, it's much appreciated. 

🙏 My hero is in a better place, free from all the suffering, and pain that took it's toll on his body.

👉 That great ball club in the sky got one heck of a catcher, and I know Cobb, Crawford, Heilman, Gehringer, Greenberg, Kell, Cash, and Al Kaline gave him a big hug. 

🔥💯🔥 I watched my first ever Summer Slam on Saturday night. 

I have Xfinity cable TV, so, Peacock TV is FREE. so, with absolutely nothing else to watch, I turned it on and it was terrific, especially because my #1 Favorite Wrestler, Charlotte Flair, was wrestling...and ,WOW!

💜💜 What a match it was, and "The Queen" winning made it even better.

📺 I'll definitely be watching the next big event on Peacock, as long as it's not during the college football season and my Wolverines are playing...Go BLUE! 💛💙🏈

😊 Thanks for taking the time out of your day to stop by and read this post, it's very much appreciated. 

Until next time, go out there, and have a wonderful week.

Play BALL!  ⚾️

Sunday, August 22, 2021

Miguel Cabrera Hits Career HR #500!

This afternoon in Toronto,  Canada 🇨🇦, Detroit Tigers DH Miguel Cabrera hit career HR #500 off the Blue Jays Steven Matz, a 400 foot dinger to RCF on Rogers Centre.

The homer was Miggy's 13th of the season, and his first since hitting #499 in Baltimore on August 11th.

Cabrera is the 28th big league ballplayer to collect 500 HRs, and, Miggy is the FIRST player to do so wearing YE OLDE ENGLISH D. 

For me, as a Tigers fan of 54 years, this is one of the best memories of my lifetime as a baseball fan. and I'm happy for Miggy, his family, his teammates, and all the amazing Tigers fans out there. 

Next up is the 3,000th career hit club...Miggy now has 2,555. 

Have a great Sunday, and, as always, remember, to PLAY BALL! 🐯⚾️🔥

Thursday, August 19, 2021

Bill Freehan, 1941-2021

My hero passed away today.

             ( From the Detroit Tigers Twitter Page.)

Bill Freehan was the best catcher in Detroit Tigers history, and, since I first saw him play at Tiger Stadium in 1967, has been my All-Time favorite ballplayer.

Most of you know what Bill Freehan has ment to me, so I won't go into to much right now.

I'm hoping to get a series of posts together, maybe starting later today, about Bill, the accolades I've seen today, thoughts on his career, and, of course, his baseball cards.

Please remember his widow, Pat Freehan, and his family today, I'd really appreciate it.

Thanks, again, for stopping by.

Rest in Peace, Bill Freehan. 

Monday, August 16, 2021

Happy Baseball Birthday! Akil Baddoo

Happy Baseball Birthday! best wishes go out to Detroit Tigers outfielder Akil Baddoo, who turns a very young 23 today.

My favorite card of Akil Baddoo, his 2021 Topps Living Set card.

Hitting a HR on the first pitch you see in the big leagues is pretty darn special.

This kid has been that spark the organization has needed for quite a few years now, and he's one of those players that you don't ignore when he's at bat.

Who's been that spark for your favorite ballclub

Akil should be back later this week, probably this weekend, after spending time on the IL after crashing into center fielder Derek Hill last week in Baltimore. 

Have a great week, and, as always, remember to keep kind to one another.

Happy Baseball Birthday! , Akil Baddoo

Play BALL! ⚾️

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Tigers Card Tuesday...Topps Living Set Akil Baddoo

Technically, it's now Wednesday, but that's OK, this post is still  Tigers Card Tuesday! 

I  started writing this a little after the Tigers started playing the Twins, and, then, got distracted, when rookie Akil Baddoo hit a double...and then a homer, in his first two at bats, as Detroit ended it's 4 game losing skid, with a come from behind win, 6-5, at Target Field.

When this card was released by Topps a couple of weeks ago, I couldn't wait to add it to my collection of Tigers baseball cards, as well as the Living Set collection that I have.

I didn't want to wait the extra time that it takes going through eBay, so I had it ordered so that it would get here a bit faster through Topps.

👉 Akil Baddoo  is the 12th Detroit Tigers player in the Topps Living Set, and, the 11th Tigers player in my TLS Collection (Still hoping, one day, that I'll get Nicholas Castellanos.)

( Photo/Stats from Cardboard Stats via Twitter. )

Baddoo, a Rule 5 Draft Pick last December from the Minnesota Twins, has been exciting fans in Motown since his debut on April 4th. 

This young man has brought the energy that the Tigers have been missing, and, along with fellow rookie Eric Haase, have certainly made this a fun year to be a Tigers fan, regardless of the team's record. 

👉🐯⚾️ Haase hit a game tying Grand Slam HR in the 9th inning, and the Tigers won in extras! 

Gonna cut it short, as it's past 1:30 am here in South Portage.

As always, thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read this blog, it's very much appreciated! 

Go Tigers! 🐯⚾️

Play BALL! ⚾️


Tuesday, July 13, 2021

All-Star Game, 2021

In a couple of hours, the 91st Big League All-Star Game will be played, with Max Scherzer of the Washington Nationals taking the mound for the National League at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado. 

Scherzer, the 2013 American League Cy Young Award Winner with my Detroit Tigers, started the All-Star Game that year at Citi Field, in Queens, New York. 

I've watched every ASG since 1970, when, at the age of 10, I watched the game while our family was on vacation, the only time that I can remember watching with my Dad, who wasn't a baseball fan, but let me watch the game.

👉 The Tigers had two All-Stars that year, Left Fielder Willie Horton, a reserve player, and Catcher Bill Freehan, who started the game at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati.  

This year the Tigers have only one representative, lefty reliever Gregory Soto, a first time All-Star.  

Soto was definitely in style with his family today on the Purple carpet show on the MLB Network. 

The Tigers haven't had more than one player in an ASG since 2017, when Justin Upton and Michael Fulmer were selected. 

I'm an American League fan, and although the game has changed over the years, I'll still cheer the Junior Circuit, and it'll be interesting to see the amazing Shoehi Ohtani as he starts...and hits, for the A.L.

👉 Are you an American League fan, or do you root for the Senior Circuit?

👉 Is your favorite player in the game? 

Enjoy the game...Let's Play BALL!