Saturday, March 28, 2015

The Junkie is a Pusher

This is what will be one of certainly thousands of upcoming posts in the bloggy world about a random mail bomb from The Junior Junkie

Let us peruse the treasures that lie in store, eh?

Startin' off pretty strong here. 2014 Topps Chrome Blue Refractor #'d/199. I'm 22 cards behind RCC for this card's rainbow! I'm not optimistic.

1991 Studio Preview Eric Davis. This was an 18 card set, placed in 4-card packs into 1991 Donruss factory sets to entice everyone with this impending new brand. It's a different photo than the regular studio base card, which is good.

2015 Topps Heritage Billy Hamilton SP. Noice. There are two other Reds SP's (Frazier and Votto). I may or may not ever own them. I may or may not ever care.

2013 Panini Hometown Heroes John Franco ZIP Code parallel. Indeed the uniqueiest of parallels. This is the ZIP code of the Reds' ball park, not where Franco is from, if you're curious.

2014 Topps Heritage Devin Mesoraco, 2014 Bowman Prospects Chrome Tejay Antone, 1998 Pacific Aurora Barry Larkin. This is my 698th Larkin. I am not a Larkin collector. Seriously. They just happen. All the time. So many.

And the closer. 2010 Topps Tribute Autograph Relics Blue Orlando Cabrera #'d/75. This card is exceptionally purdy in person. This is my first auto of Mr. Cabrera, bringing my Reds auto player count to 306. Suhweet. Cabrera had a 15 year career for 9 teams. He was the Reds' full-time shortstop for one year, 2010. I will pretend this swatch is from that lone Reds year.

Thanks for feeding my habit, TJ. Go Reds.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Get To Know Your Reds: Part 20 - Ted Uhlaender

According to Baseball Reference there have been 1,891 different players who got into a major league game as a Cincinnati Red/Red Stocking/Redleg as of the end of the 2014 season. So I threw them all into a randomizer and off we go.

Get To Know... Ted Uhlaender


Born: October 21, 1939, Chicago Heights, Illinois
Signed: 1961 by the Twins
Debut: 1965 with the Twins
Reds Debut: 1972, acquired via trade
Reds Stats: 1 season at OF, 73 games, 128 PA, 0 HR, 6 RBI, .159/.246/.186
Final Major League Season: 1972 with the Reds



Received AL MVP votes in 1968.
Played in the majors for the Twins, Indians, and Reds as well as in the minors with the White Sox.
Hit safely for the Reds in the 1972 NLCS and the 1972 World Series.
Led the AL in OF fielding percentage in 1967.
Father of Olympic skeleton racer Katie Uhlaender.
After his playing days, spent time as the Indians first base coach and then a scout for the Giants.

Number of cards: 42
Number of cards as a Red: 2
Number of cards in my collection:  1 (50%)


Go Reds.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Thursday Card Dump

I don't even remember where these came from. Probably Sportlots. Doesn't matter. What matters is that the un-categorized scan folder is now empty. Roll 'em.


11 days til Opening Day. Go Reds.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

TTM Goodness: Jerry Spradlin


Jerry Spradlin spent 7 years in the majors with 6 teams, pitching in 310 games, all but one in relief. He was drafted by the Reds in '88 and debuted with them in '93, pitching in 37 games that year with a 3.49 ERA. He would only pitch in 7 more games for the Reds before being waived. He would later pitch for the Phillies, Indians, Giants, Royals, and Cubs. He also saw minor league time with the Marlins, Cardinals, Diamondbacks, and Orioles before retiring from baseball in 2004. In 1999 he became the 49th pitcher to strikeout 4 batters in one inning. Signed is a 1994 Stadium Club #56.

Go Reds.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Completely Red: 1993 Donruss

This is one of my favorite sets, only due to memories of early collecting. It's not terribly exciting. Nameplate, team logo, white border. Seen it before. Will see it again. But I had a ton of this set as a kid, for whatever reason. I remember actually having hobby boxes of this stuff. And I built the complete set by hand, which was huge.

You'll notice we have 100% in-game action shots. Say what you want about the over-production era, but dangit, they actually did give a crap. These companies were straight moving product, son. The Joe Oliver is particularly great. And check out the rare double amputation on Dibble. Sweet.

STATS:

Cards - 31

RC's - 2 (Bobby Ayala, Tim Pugh)

All Stars - 7 (Dan Wilson, Chris Sabo, Tom Browning, Norm Charlton, Rob Dibble, Reggie Sanders, Barry Larkin)

Hall of Famers - 1 (Barry Larkin)

Reds Hall of Famers - (Jose Rijo, Tom Browning, Barry Larkin, Chris Sabo)

Bippage - Confirmed


Checklist:

6 Dan Wilson
30 Bobby Ayala RC
58 Chris Sabo
82 Tim Belcher
106 Bip Roberts
138 Jeff Branson
143 Willie Greene
162 Tim Pugh RC
190 Tom Browning
214 Geronimo Berroa
238 Norm Charlton
270 Tim Costo
294 Hal Morris
322 Rob Dibble
346 Chris Hammond
370 Bill Doran
402 Reggie Sanders
426 Barry Larkin
454 Jose Rijo
478 Dwayne Henry
502 Milt Hill
534 Dave Martinez
558 Cesar Hernandez
586 Joe Oliver
610 Greg Cadaret
634 Greg Swindell
666 Steve Foster
690 Scott Bankhead
715 Checklist ft. Bip Roberts/Mark Grace
746 Freddie Benavides
760 Mo Sanford

Go Reds.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Get To Know Your Reds: Part 19 - Rocky Bridges

According to Baseball Reference there have been 1,891 different players who got into a major league game as a Cincinnati Red/Red Stocking/Redleg as of the end of the 2014 season. So I threw them all into a randomizer and off we go.

Get To Know... Everett "Rocky" Bridges


Born: August 7, 1927, Refugio, Texas
Drafted: 1947 by the Dodgers
Debut: 1951 with the Dodgers
Reds Debut: 1953, acquired via trade
Reds Stats: 5 seasons at IF, 346 games, 756 PA, 2 HR, 42 RBI, .241/.306/.283

Final season: 1961, with the Angels





Played for the Dodgers, Reds, Senators, Tigers, Indians, Cardinals, Angels.
All Star for the Senators, 1958.
Third base coach for the Angels for six seasons and for the Giants for one.
Won over 1,300 games over 21 seasons as a minor league manager for the Angels, Giants, Padres, and Pirates.



On why he mostly rode the bench for five seasons in Cincinnati: "It took me that long to learn how to spell it."
On his lone All Star appearance: "I never got in the game, but I sat on the bench with Mickey Mantle, Ted Williams, and Yogi Berra. I gave 'em instruction on how to sit."
On the first minor league team he managed: "I managed good, but boy did they play bad."

Number of cards: 62
Number of cards as a Red: 8
Number of cards in my collection:  3 (38%)


Go Reds.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Get To Know Your Reds: Part 18 - Tony Cingrani

According to Baseball Reference there have been 1,891 different players who got into a major league game as a Cincinnati Red/Red Stocking/Redleg as of the end of the 2014 season. So I threw them all into a randomizer and off we go.

Get To Know... Tony Cingrani



Born: July 5, 1989, Evergreen, Illinois
Drafted: 2011 by the Reds
Debut: 2012 with the Reds
Reds Stats: 3 seasons at SP, 39 games, 29 starts, 173 IP, 3.49 ERA, 190 strikeouts, 9-12 record






Pitched for Rice University.
Spent only a year and a half in the minors before earning a spot on the big league squad as he lead the entire minor leagues in ERA in 2012 (1.73)
One of only 68 pitchers to have struck out 4 batters in one inning.
Will spend 2015 as a relief pitcher for the Reds.



Number of cards: 835
Number of cards as a Red: 835
Number of cards in my collection:  31 (4%. Yeesh. Modern collecting is rough)





Go Reds.