Silver Slugger Award

Silver Slugger Award Terry Kennedy – Catcher 1983 Tony Gwynn – Outfield 1984 Garry Templeton – Shortstop 1984 Tony Gwynn – Outfield (2) 1986 Tony Gwynn – Outfield (3) 1987 Benito Santiago – Catcher 1987 Benito Santiago – Catcher (2) 1988 Tony Gwynn – Outfield (4) 1989 Benito Santiago – Catcher (3) 1990 Benito Santiago – Catcher (4) 1991 ...
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March 06, 2014  |  Discuss

And Now Some Free Consumer Advice

I get rustled over a lot of little things when it comes to this team. For example: Sandy Alderson telling a Social Studies class that Bartolo Colon could be the Opening Day starter ... which is classic Mets in the sense that they'll sign a somewhat cheap replacement and then put him in a prime time position to save the world (see: Gary Sheffield as the Mets' cleanup hitter...
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January 20, 2014  |  Discuss

The 2015 Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot

Not to get ahead of myself, but I will anyway. 2015 is almost upon us, so I am going to take this opportunity to conduct an early analysis of the 2015 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot, which should be one for the ages.The key names on next years ballot include everyone from this year who did not get elected and got above 5% of the vote (Goodbye Rafi ::points finger::), most notably Mike...
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January 09, 2014  |  Discuss

All-Time Mets/Yankees Team

Spurred on by the announcement of Carlos Beltron in pinstripes, the NJ Star Ledger posted its all-time lineup of players who've played for both the Mets and the Yankees.  The only criteria to make the team was that players must have suited up for both clubs.  Here's who made the cut:Catcher: Yogi Berra (Yankees: 2,116 games; Mets: 4)First base: John Olerud (Yankees: 49...
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December 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Gary Sheffield Warns Robinson Cano About Leaving Yankees Lineup, Says Johnny Damon, Others Have Been Forgotten

Gary Sheffield played 22 seasons of professional baseball for eight teams, so he has some credibility when he says playing for the Yankees can give a player something he can’t get anywhere else. Sheffield, who was with the Yankees from 2004-2006, isn’t in favor of the 10-year, $240 million deal Robinson Cano signed with the Seattle Mariners. He said Wednesday on MLB Network that...
December 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Gary Sheffield: Cano will regret leaving the Yankees

(Photo Credit: Former Yankee Gary Sheffield played with Robinson Cano in Cano’s early days in pinstripes in 2005-2006. Now retired and working as an agent, Sheffield says that he believes that at the end of the day Robinson Cano will regret leaving the Yankees. “When you leave New York, you’re gonna feel it,” Sheffield said Wednesday on MLB Network. “Just ask...
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December 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Robinson Cano will regret leaving Yankees, says former teammate Gary Sheffield

Gary Sheffield made plenty of money during his career, but the slugger believes the value of playing in a stacked lineup might outweigh the almighty dollar. That’s why Sheffield believes Robinson Cano could ultimately regret his decision to bolt the Bronx for Seattle, where he signed with the Mariners for 10 years and $240 million. “When you leave New York, you’re gonna feel...
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December 19, 2013  |  Discuss

The 2014 Draft: An early look for the New York Mets

Next year’s Major League’s Annual First-Year Player Draft is scheduled for June 5th. The Mets pick 10th. The order of the top 10 follows: 1 – Astros 2 – Marlins 3 – White Sox 4 – Cubs 5 – Twins 6 – Mariners 7 – Phillies 8 – Rockies 9 – Blue Jays 10 – Mets The predictions for picks one through seven already seem to be shaping up in a fairly consistent order...
December 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Guest Editorial: The Yankee turnaround must start with contrition

This from an old friend, "ROSE CITY WOBBLY."  "What I don’t get is the huge variation in the way people view the Red Sox, compared to the Yankees."  El Duque – 11/2/13 I’m a lifelong SF Giants fan (with nice scoreboards two out of the last four seasons.) And while I have been out in the Pacific Northwest for almost half my life, I grew up in Hartford...
November 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Padres promote Dave Roberts to bench coach

The San Diego Padres have promoted Dave Roberts to bench coach. Roberts, who had been first base coach the last three seasons, replaces Rick Renteria, who was hired as manager of the Chicago Cubs on Nov. 7. Jose Valentin will replace Roberts as first base coach. Valentin managed Class A Fort Wayne the last two seasons, leading the Padres' Midwest League entry into the playoffs...
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November 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Whitaker OK with sharing number

DETROIT -- Lou Whitaker isn't losing any sleep over Jose Iglesias wearing his No. 1. Whitaker was at Comerica Park on Wednesday to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Game 4 of the ALCS, and his jersey number was the first thing mentioned when he met with the media. "I guess I'm getting the tough questions right off the bat," Whitakers said with a laugh...
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October 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Gary Sheffield, Adam Jones to join TBS studio show

TBS's crowded MLB studio show is about to get a little more crowded, according to Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated. Deitsch is reporting that Gary Sheffield will join TBS as a guest analyst from October 5th-7th, while current Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones will be a guest analyst from October 8th-10th. Both men are interesting choices, especially Jones,...
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October 04, 2013  |  Discuss

The Hall of Fame case of Vladimir Guerrero

This week, TOC will be looking at five players who recently announced their retirements from the game and their potential Hall of Fame cases. Today, things get a lot more complicate, as we look at Vladimir Guerrero. In his prime, Vladimir Guerrero was one of the most electric players to watch in baseball. He could hit a pitch at his shoelaces over the fence, dump a pitch a foot...
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September 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Dustin Pedroia Should Not Have Won MVP in 2008, Gary Sheffield Says

The 2008 season was Gary Sheffield‘s second-to-last in Major League Baseball, and it wasn’t one of his finest. Sheffield was 39 during the campaign, and struggled to a .725 OPS in just 114 games for the Detroit Tigers. But that isn’t stopping Sheffield from disparaging that year’s MVP — Dustin Pedroia. “Those numbers [Pedroia put up] we put up in the first half [of the...
August 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Lou Whitaker and Alan Trammell’s Numbers Should Be Next on Detroit Tigers’ Retirement List

Lou Whitaker’s familiar number 1, which was just given away, should be retired by the Tigers soon. (Aaron Caldwell, Flickr) When the Detroit Tigers traded for Jose Iglecias late Tuesday night, a player who wears the number 10, above all the stunned reactions, one question had to immediately pop into the minds of all observant fans. What number is he gonna wear now? Surely, Jim...
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August 01, 2013  |  Discuss

New Digital Drawing: The Four Tops

I had been working on this particular sketch a couple hours at a time the last few weeks. I looked for a reference that showed Tony Fernandez, Tony Gwynn, Gary Sheffield, and Fred McGriff all together. They were dubbed “The Four Tops” in 1992 as they were the top four guys in the Padres batting order that season. I have many fond memories listening to the games on the radio up...
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July 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Great Moments in Padres Trade Deadline History: Fred McGriff Edition

Continuing the week’s Trade Deadline theme, I decided to go a slightly different route than Avenging Jack Murphy and Vocal Minority. They looked at completely useless Padres trade deadline acquisitions, but I want to look at what could be the worst trade deadline deal in Padres history. And — no surprise — it has to do with the 1993 “Quality for Quality” Fire Sale. So let’s...
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July 31, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 Birthday Shopping Guide

It’s that time of year again. The time of year where my odometer rolls over and I have to get my driver’s license replaced. Yes, it is my 35th birthday on Saturday. Those of you who have yet to get me something will be happy to know that I have, for the fourth year in a row, put together a list of gifts culled from Ebay that you can buy for me and still have time to get it shipped...
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July 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Bryan Harvey reflects on being Marlins' All-Star in '93

MIAMI -- Former Florida Marlins closer Bryan Harvey remembers the team's teal caps, the franchise's first game and a nightmarish June night for the Joe Robbie Stadium grounds crew. Atop Harvey's memories of 1993 is his joining Gary Sheffield in being the Marlins' first All-Stars. "Representing the expansion team and being one of the original guys was pretty...
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July 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Bryan Harvey reflects on being Marlins' All-Star in '93

MIAMI -- Former Florida Marlins closer Bryan Harvey remembers the team's teal caps, the franchise's first game and a nightmarish June night for the Joe Robbie Stadium grounds crew. Atop Harvey's memories of 1993 is his joining Gary Sheffield in being the Marlins' first All-Stars. "Representing the expansion team and being one of the original guys was pretty...
Via Fox Sports Florida
July 15, 2013  |  Discuss

A Gary Sheffield Dodgers' Auto Is Mine!

I recently acquired the signature of one of the greatest Dodgers to wield a bat in franchise history. His signature had alluded me for quite some time, and unfortunately he didn't play with the club for all that long, so options were rather limited. But more important than that was my desire for the card to be hard-signed.Thankfully, eBay came to the rescue. For $8.49 delivered...
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July 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Quick Hits with Fred McGriff

Fred “Crime Dog” McGriff hit 493 home runs, amassed 2,490 hits and was a five-time All-Star during his 19-year Major League Baseball career for six teams. Despite his standout numbers -- seven straight 30-home run seasons from 1988 to 1994 -- the lanky first baseman might have been better known among baseball fans for his appearance in the long-running late-night commercial for...
Via The Outside Corner
May 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Spring Springs Hope

Ahh, Opening Day. Every team is in first place. Every fan has hopes for the post season. If at least for one day. I remember the start of the ’07 season. Coming off a 2006 WS appearance (which looked inevitable mid-season, impossible in September, and then undeniable in October), I hoped the addition of Gary Sheffield and another year of experience for Robertson, Maroth and Verlander...
Via Tigers Weblog
March 31, 2013  |  Discuss

A Look at this Year’s Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot – Meet Fred McGriff

Fred McGriff played 19 major league seasons with the Blue Jays, Padres, Braves, Devil Rays, Cubs and Dodgers. He is one of 37 players on the 2013 Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA) ballot for the Class of 2013 at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. He returns to the ballot for the fourth time after receiving 23.9 percent of the vote in 2012. BBWAA members...
Via Full Spectrum Baseball
December 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Youk Yelps Yep

On the day the Redsocks traded Kevin Youkilis to the Whitesocks, a voice inside me knew he'd someday be a Yankee. I didn't think it would happen this fast, but it was a certainty: Before Youk's career ended, we would get him. BTW, it's the same knee-buckling sense of predestination that I have about Big Papi: He'll wear pinstripes someday. It's as if the ghost...
December 11, 2012  |  Discuss

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