Friday, 20 March 2020

Rookie tell me where you are now - Randy Johnson


I know my scanner cut it but it is no difficult task to identify the AL Cy Young winner.

Lets make some room for Mr. Randy Johnson!

He got himself around a lot of teams:

    Montreal Expos (1988–1989)
    Seattle Mariners (1989–1998)
    Houston Astros (1998)
    Arizona Diamondbacks (1999–2004)
    New York Yankees (2005–2006)
    Arizona Diamondbacks (2007–2008)
    San Francisco Giants (2009)

Got to be a Yankee and also played for other two teams I like, D-Backs and Astros. Just missed Reds and he would be a star player for me.

He's one of those examples that got it right and got even more awards after RotY:

    10× All-Star (1990, 1993–1995, 1997, 1999–2002, 2004)
    World Series champion (2001)
    5× Cy Young Award (1995, 1999–2002)
    World Series MVP (2001)
    Triple Crown (2002)
    MLB wins leader (2002)
    4× ERA leader (1995, 1999, 2001, 2002)
    9× Strikeout leader (1992–1995, 1999–2002, 2004)
    Pitched a perfect game on May 18, 2004
    Pitched a no-hitter on June 2, 1990
    Arizona Diamondbacks No. 51 retired
    Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame


That's insane!

That's why after being RotY he got himself into MLB Hall of Fame.

Thursday, 19 March 2020

Rookie tell me where you are now - Hideo Nomo


Since I started reading baseball cards blogs and knowing a bit of the collectors' world I've known about Nomo's myth.

So, there is no surprise about him getting RotY award.

How did he after the award?

Nomo played for:

    Kintetsu Buffaloes (1990–1994)
    Los Angeles Dodgers (1995–1998)
    New York Mets (1998)
    Milwaukee Brewers (1999)
    Detroit Tigers (2000)
    Boston Red Sox (2001)
    Los Angeles Dodgers (2002–2004)
    Tampa Bay Devil Rays (2005)
    Kansas City Royals (2008)

Quite a lot of teams and almost 20 years playing baseball.

And with a few awards:

NPB

    Pacific League MVP (1990)
    Eiji Sawamura Award (1990)
    Triple Crown (1990)
    Pacific League Rookie of the Year (1990)

MLB

    All-Star (1995)
    NL Rookie of the Year (1995)
    2× Strikeout leader (1995, 2001)
    Threw two career no-hitters

It seems Nomo's first decade playing in MLB were the best for him. But it was enough to get him in the Japanese Hall of Fame.

Monday, 16 March 2020

Rookie tell me where you are now - Marty Cordova


Marty Cordova got the '95 AL award for RotY. Lets see if it paid off.

Cordova played for

    Minnesota Twins (1995–1999)
    Toronto Blue Jays (2000)
    Cleveland Indians (2001)
    Baltimore Orioles (2002–2003)


Well, not the longest carrier possible...

It says he got lots of injuries. It's a shame, specially because this was the only award Cordova got.

Thursday, 14 November 2019

Can you sign me the ball Sir!?


Topps has the monopoly of the official cards but still play safe and don't have out of the box photos in their cards. At least in the flagship set. It's a shame

So now can you sign me this ball Sir!?

Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Let the Pitcher hit


It's always a plus having a Pitcher card with a photo of the P hitting.

Sunday, 10 November 2019

Super Arm


Elastic man. That's what I think all Pitchers are.

Look at that arm!