The end of the MLB season means a lot of things to the writer of this humble, little blog.Usually, the team I follow (you know, the Cubs???) are packing up for another season of disappointment and “what could have been?” But not this season.The 2015 ed…
We interrupt the lull on this humble little blog to mention that yesterday, Topps announced that collectors can get to choose who will be the subject of card number 1 in the 2016 Topps set.Let me explain for those who missed the news.According to the T…
Sometimes, it seems like it all just happened yesterday. Other times, it seems like it happened an eternity ago. My daughter, who was just over a year old when this tragic event took place, is now a sophomore in high school. Was it really that long ago…
Well, this is new.All the news about 2016 Topps came in August, and short of one post that featured the design, I have been silent. I can explain.This is the busy time of year for the Food Distribution industry. Many companies, mine included, are getti…
It seems that around the time these come out, I am busy with one thing or another. Work has been busy, kids are getting ready to go back to school, and I’m still trying to get funds together to buy this year’s edition of the Topps Allen & Ginter’s Master set!
I have a couple of articles in draft mode and I’ll get to them in time.
But for right now, Topps just revealed what the 2016 Topps cards are going to look like.
I know you’re excited.
I know I’m excited.
So what are we waiting for?
Ladies and Gentlemen, here is the design for 2016 Topps Baseball:
First thing you’re going to notice…NO BORDERS!!!
According to the Topps Blog (with former Beckett editor and SCBR Hall of Famer Susan Lulgjuraj now running the ship, this blog should be way more relevant now):
This year’s design was a change of pace from previous years, and 2016 takes another huge step away from what had been the norm. The 2016 design features nearly full-bleed photography, which will showcase a wide range of action photography.
“We have had a white border for so many years and it was sort of a staple of the Topps design,” said Topps senior art director John Doldan. “I think we are trying to move forward and make the cards a little more modern and current. I think gradually we have been going in that direction and break from the past a little bit.”
Logo will be on the bottom right corner, player name, team name, and position juts out on a bar in the middle. Because it looks like it’s going to be a full-bleed design, it has a “Stadium Club” look to it, something I thought I’d never ever see in an eponymous base design.
So after years of looking to the Hobby’s past for inspiration, it looks like the Company is finally going to focus on its future in 2016. Details have not been released yet, but according to Topps’ twitter feed (@toppscards), “We will have more next week for the Topps Art Director discussing the process and the new design on the blog!”
I’m feeling mixed emotions so far, especially with the detail of the design itself. It might be one of those, “I’ll need to have the cards in my hand” kind of thing before I can make a complete decision if I like the design or not. Maybe I’ll have a better idea when more details come out or when the sell sheets are posted.
But what do you think? Do you like the design? Hate it? Thoughts?
Not only do I enjoy reading blogs and twitter feeds (you can follow me @bdj610), but I am on Facebook as well. I don’t know how, I’m guessing probably because I am a Hobby blogger, but I’ve been added to a lot of sports card trading groups. I guess the…
As announced at All-Star Media Day:For the American League:1. Mike Trout, LAA, cf2. Josh Donaldson, TOR, 3b3. Albert Pujols, LAA, 1b4. Nelson Cruz, SEA, dh5. Lorenzo Cain, KCR, rf6. Adam Jones, BAL, lf7. Salvador Perez, KCR, c8. Jose Altuve, HOU, 2b9.&…
Here is the wording set in the 2012 Collective Bargaining Agreement between MLB and the MLB Player’s Association regarding All-Star pitchers who start on the Sunday before the ASG:”A pitcher who starts on the Sunday before the All-Star Game may elect n…
The All-Star festivities are now in full swing and the highlight of this first day’s events is the annual Futures Game.Since the first Futures Game in 1999, 120 players who were named to either the US or World rosters have become MLB All-Star…
I just saw this comment on an post that I wrote earlier this year regarding the 5-card packs that I bought at the Dollar Tree. The thing is that the person who left the comment did so anonymously. So instead of leaving a response on the post, I’m going…
On Sunday, we learned who the fans voted onto the respective NL and AL All-Star Teams. For the most part, it looks like the fans picked the right players.
On Monday, the reserves, pitchers, and final man candidates were announced. Both teams were extremely well balanced, there are even more set up men going to this game than ever before, showing how important these guys are becoming in today’s game. We even learned who was going to replace injured starters Giancarlo Stanton and Miguel Cabrera.
So without further ado, here are the 2015 MLB All-Star Game rosters as announced on Monday night (with 2015 Topps Card # and retail team set # if applicable, for those of you playing along and putting them into your All-Star Binders):
American League Starters
1B-Miguel Cabrera, Tigersº (#200, DT-1)
2B-Jose Altuve, Astros(#620, HA-1)
3B-Josh Donaldson, Blue Jays (#5 with the Athletics, TBJ-12)
SS-Alcides Escobar, Royals (#137, KCR-4)
OF-Mike Trout, Angels (#300, A-1)
OF-Lorenzo Cain, Royals (#516, KCR-12)
OF-Alex Gordon, Royals (#456, KCR-11)
C-Salvador Perez, Royals (#39, KCR-5)
DH-Nelson Cruz, Mariners (#411, SM-17)
American League Pitchers
P-Chris Archer, Rays (#324, TBR-7)
P-Sonny Gray, Athletics (#305, OA-1)
P-Dallas Keuchel, Astros (#477, HA-16)
P-David Price, Tigers (#550, DT-16)
P-Chris Sale, White Sox (#376, CWS-10)
RP-Dellin Betances, Yankees (#532, NYY-4)
RP-Wade Davis, Royals (#454, KCR-16)
RP-Glen Perkins, Twins (#197, MT-8)
P-Felix Hernandez, Mariners (#325, SM-3, selected by MGR)
RP-Brad Boxberger, Rays (#538, selected by MGR)
RP-Zach Britton, Orioles (#190, BO-5, selected by MGR)
RP-Kelvin Herrera, Royals (selected by MGR)
RP-Darren O’Day, Orioles (#670, BO-6, selected by MGR)
American League Reserves
1B-Albert Pujols, Angels (#600, A-10, will start for Cabrera)
2B-Jason Kipnis, Indians (#221, CI-8)
3B-Manny Machado, Orioles (#136, BO-7)
SS-Jose Iglesias, Tigers (#239, DT-7)
UT-Brock Holt, Red Sox (selected by MGR)
1B-Mark Teixeira, Yankeesª (#307, NYY-11, replaces Cabrera)
OF-Jose Bautista, Blue Jays (#25, TBJ-1)
OF-Adam Jones, Orioles (#169, BO-1)
OF-J. D. Martinez, Tigers (#148, DT-5)
DH-Prince Fielder, Rangers (#422, TR-6)
C-Stephen Vogt, Athletics (#652, OA-9)
C-Russell Martin, Blue Jays (#436, TBJ-4, selected by MGR)
American League Final Man Candidates
SS-Xander Bogaerts, Red Sox (#327, BRS-6)
OF-Yoenis Cespedes, Tigers (#120 with the Red Sox, #DT-8)
2B-Brian Dozier, Twins (#259, MT-2)
OF-Brett Gardner, Yankees (#21, NYY-3)
3B-Mike Moustakas, Royals (#461, KCR-10)
National League Starters
1B-Paul Goldschmidt, Diamondbacks (#203, AD-1)
2B-Dee Gordon, Marlins (#559, MM-14)
3B-Todd Frazier, Reds (#42, CR-5)
SS-Jhonny Peralta, Cardinals (#311, SLC-5)
OF-Bryce Harper, Nationals (#207, WN-1)
OF-Giancarlo Stanton, Marlinsº (#150, MM-1)
OF-Matt Holliday, Cardinals (#361, SLC-10)
C-Buster Posey, Giants (#275, SGF-12)
National League Pitchers
P-Gerrit Cole, Pirates (#671, PIP-15)
P-Jacob deGrom, Mets (#129, NYM-17)
P-Zack Greinke, Dodgers (#267, LAD-5)
P-Shelby Miller, Braves (#220 with the Cardinals, AB-2)
P-Max Scherzer, Nationals (#586, WN-14)
RP-Aroldis Chapman, Reds (#268, CR-9)
RP-Mark Melancon, Pirates (#124, PIP-6)
RP-Trevor Rosenthal, Cardinals (#286, SLC-6)
P-Madison Bumgarner, Giants (#20, SFG-1, selected by MGR)
P-A.J. Burnett, Pirates (#466, #PIP-2, selected by MGR)
P-Michael Wacha, Cardinals (#60, SLC-7, selected by MGR)
RP-Jonathan Papelbon, Phillies (#143, PHP-8, selected by MGR)
RP-Francisco Rodriguez, Brewers (selected by MGR)
National League Reserves
1B-Anthony Rizzo, Cubs (#47, CHC-1)
2B-DJ LeMahieu, Rockies (#438, COR-10)
3B-Nolan Arenado, Rockies (#62, COR-8)
SS-Brandon Crawford, Giants (#159, SFG-7)
1B-Adrian Gonzalez, Dodgers (#328, LAD-4, selected by MGR)
2B-Joe Panik, Giants (#503, SFG-8, selected by MGR)
3B-Kris Bryant, Cubsª (#616, replaces Stanton)
OF-Andrew McCutchen, Pirates (#400, PIP-1, will start for Stanton)
OF-Joc Pederson, Dodgers (#192, LAD-9)
OF-A. J. Pollock, Diamondbacks (#572, AD-11)
OF-Justin Upton, Padres (#69 with the Braves, #SDP-6, selected by MGR)
C-Yadier Molina, Cardinals (#647, SLC-11)
C-Yasmani Grandal, Dodgers (#338 with the Padres, LAD-12, selected by MGR)
National League Final Man Candidates
SP-Johnny Cueto, Reds (#375, CR-13)
RP-Jeurys Familia, Mets (#402)
SP-Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers (#100, LAD-1)
SP-Carlos Martinez, Cardinals (#527, SLC-9)
SS-Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies (#125, COR-1)
º Injured, will not participate
ª Named as replacement
The rosters once again will consist of 34 active players. Each team is already at 34 players and we haven’t even gotten the final man voting in yet. Why is that?
Andrew McCutchen of the Pirates will start in place of Stanton on the NL team, and Cubs wunderkind Kris Bryant will take Stanton’s spot on the roster (and possibly the Home Run Derby…we’ll see).
On the American League side, Albert Pujols of the Angels will start at 1st in place of Cabrera, and Mark Teixeira of the Yankees takes Cabrera’s spot on the roster.
Including the players on the Final Man balloting, only three players do not have cards in the eponymous Topps set or any of the retail sets. Those players include Kelvin Herrera and Brock Holt on the AL side, and Francisco Rodriguez on the NL. Each should have cards in the expanded Update series. In the meantime, every other player has a card that at least features them on their current team as long as you count the retail sets.
As it seems to be the case these past few years, there is a lot of youth on both rosters, as well as a ton of first-time All-Stars to boot (about 26 at last count). If you look at the Final Man Nominees, all five AL candidates are hitters, (compared to five starting pitchers the year before and five relievers the year prior to that). The NL includes 4 pitchers and Tulo. How deep is the NL starting staff? I know he’s having a down year, but when Clayton Kershaw is relegated to Final Man balloting, you know that if the starters on the NL roster were all on the same team, they’d be nothing short of dominant.
Chicago is well represented this year with three players between both teams (Rizzo, Bryant, Sale). Thanks to the early Royals voting surge, KC brings six players to Cincinnati, and Moustakas could be number 7 as he’s on the final man ballot. The Cardinals, who have the best record in baseball, send 5 players, and a sixth, Martinez, is also on the final man ballot.
Now I didn’t get a chance to hear which of the starting pitchers are scheduled to pitch for their respective teams this Sunday. The rule is in effect that if any of them are in line to pitch that day, they will have to be replaced. This is just the beginning. If history is an indicator, expect both active rosters to dramatically change by the time July 14 comes. As always, I’ll make sure to help you add cards to your All-Star binders by providing card numbers for the players added onto the All-Star teams.
Let’s hear the answers to these questions:
Who do you think should have been chosen that wasn’t (not even for the Final Man ballot)?
Of the players selected, who shouldn’t be going to the game?
Were the guys you wanted from your team chosen?
If not, then who should have represented your team?
Let the debates begin.
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Today is St. Patrick’s Day. It is the day that honors St. Patrick, who is the patron saint of Ireland. It also commemorates the arrival of Christianity to the Emerald Isle. In fact, it is said (thanks Wikipedia) that he used shamrocks to explain the Holy Trinity.
My family will be enjoying boiled corned beef brisket with all the veggies (potatoes, carrots, cabbage) tonight. I would like to apologize to my sister for once again we will not be able to join her for dinner (it’s a school night, there are still dance classes happening). Meanwhile, I’ve been playing Irish music on the computer all afternoon, just to get into the mood.
Public Service Announcement (as my wife just said that she found the Bailey’s): As you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, please remember to celebrate responsibly.
Now for the baseball portion of the program. If you’re wondering, while there are many baseball players of Irish descent, 47 native-born Irish men made at least one appearance in the majors.
The last native born Irish player was Joe Cleary. Born in County Cork, Cleary only appeared in one game (08/04/1945) in 0.1 inning of work for the Washington Senators. But in that eventful inning, he struck out one batter (the good news), but allowed five hits, three walks, and seven earned runs to score. Saving time for the math, but seven runs in 1/3 innings equals an ERA of 189.
SBS Baseball created a team of All-Irish baseball players as part of their Foreign League. Imagine the World Baseball Classic without the US. Teams included as part of this league include teams from Asia/Australia/Africa, Canada, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Eastern Europe, England, Germany, Latin America, Mexico, Panama, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, and Western Europe (14 total teams). I’ll try and run a season during my lunch break and will post results later to see how the Irish do against the rest of the world.
So now, a quick toast to everyone, Irish or just-for-the-day:
May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be at your back.
May your cards collections grow to unmeasurable heights in both volume and value.
May the quest for new cards be swift.
May the journey of life treat you well today and always.
And may a certain North Side baseball team win it all this year (just have a decent season…please).
If you catch my drift.