Monday, January 10, 2022

Random Thoughts And Musings To Start The New Year

Just typing out loud here...

*Now that MLB and the Players Association have enjoyed a well deserved Christmas break, perhaps they'll finally get around to figuring out their new deal. Pitchers and catchers report in less than a month, guys, so get your asses to the table and work something out!

*Fanatics is buying Topps, which is good in the sense that the Topps name will live on, maintaining the one thinning strand of nostalgia that ties all of us collectors together. However, I'm convinced that the decision makers at Fanatics are just going to let Topps continue to do their thing, meaning more rehashed designs of the past, more focus on rookies, and little to no innovation.

*I was going to make a joke about the Topps 140th Anniversary design gimmick that they put in Archives, but the more I thought about it the more I wondered if the industry will survive another 70 years. MLB/Topps have done a horrible job making card collecting a worthwhile pursuit for younger kids and planting the seed for them returning to the hobby when disposable income is more available. Who's going to want to buy cards once all of us 60's/70's/80's heck even 90's kids start to fade away? Who's going to come back to the hobby with a fondness for 2022 Topps because it was the first set they collected as a kid?

*I'll have my yearly Hall Of Fame post later this month, but for now I enjoy following along and reading how and why different voters have made their decisions. As a Red Sox fan I'm obviously watching David Ortiz's numbers closely (Prediction: He barely squeaks in with mere percentage points above 75%). One thing that been irking me though are lazy voters who dismiss Ortiz simply because he was a DH. The designated hitter has been a part of baseball for 50 years now, longer than most of these voters have been in the industry. To suggest that he's not a real baseball player because he didn't wield a glove is laughable.

*It doesn't change my overall opinion on Bobby Abreu's Hall of Fame case, but an article showing that he was statistically better than Ichiro does move the needle a little. Obviously, this article doesn't factor in any of Ichiro's awards, achievements, records, or even the fact he didn't start his MLB career until age 27, but it's still an interesting comparison.


1990 Fleer #4 Jim Corsi


*Former MLB reliever Jim Corsi passed away earlier this month. I honestly forgot he pitched for the Red Sox, associating him more with his time in Oakland. What struck me the most about his passing was that he gave an interview that was released days before. He talked about his cancer, and made a very important plea:

"I got liver cancer, stage four, and colon cancer," Corsi said. "I made a mistake when I was younger by not getting a colonoscopy.

"I should have done it," he said fighting back tears. "If you’re out there, don’t wait. Don’t be stupid. I was a professional athlete and thought I was invincible, strong. You’re not. Cancer is not prejudice to anybody.

"That’s my message. Don’t wait. You don’t want to end up like this. If you get it soon enough, you’ll be alright."

As a cancer survivor myself, this hit home. I was stubborn and thought my pain would go away on its own. It didn't and I'm glad I went to the doctor when I did.  The lesson is clear: Don't be stupid, don't wait on stuff like this.


  1. Well, I think the argument is that a DH provides zero value defensively. Literally no help at all. But my favorite player won 10 Gold Gloves, so I might be biased.

    Ortiz had the post-season stuff. Ten-time All-Star. Deserves it more than Baines did.

    Anyway, sucks that you got the C. Hope you stay healthy going forward.

  2. I'll be turning the big 5-0 this year... so I'll be talking to my doctor about a colonoscopy.

    As for whether or not the hobby will be popular in 70 years, I would have said "no way" a few years ago. But this recent boom made me think there's always a chance.

  3. I think most card collectors are fooling themselves if they think that anyone will be collecting in 50-100 years from now.

  4. What was the final deal with the steroids accusation for Ortiz? I vaguely remember something about no actual proof or he never took a test or something like that, but did they find out who made the claim or was an apology issued?

    1. Commissioner Manfried held a conference and stated that the results of the league testing contained numerous false positives. Because the number of positive results far exceeded the threshold they needed to implement testing, there was never a reason to dispute any of the results before they were destroyed. He said Ortiz's claim it came from a supplement had merit and that he should not be judged negatively based on this lone test. Whoever broke the federally sealed records was never known.