Friday, July 25, 2014

Base(ball) Oddity #10: Scratching that Competitive Itch

Over at the new site: Gary Matthews helped Ted Turner scratch that competitive itch.

Thursday, July 24, 2014


New blog post at the new site: Disconnected

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A Crap Ton from Junior Junkie

I recently got a nice surprise from the Junior Junkie- read about it at my new blog.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Making a Move and a New Post

I've decided to make a move over to Wordpress for my blogging- recent issues with blogger, along with previous issues I've had with the site- finally caused me to make the jump. I ask that all of my readers add my new site to your blogroll. I'm in the process of trying to figure out how to redirect viewers from this site to the new one, but in the meantime, I am planning on posting links.

Thanks for all of your readership over the years and I hope that you continue to visit the Card Chop!

latest post- Base(ball) Oddity #9: Foreshadowing

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Who Would Have Thought?

Who would have thought I would ever want to purchase cards of a player on the Phillies?

Well, only when those cards feature Dale Murphy.

I was pretty excited about the latest edition to my Murphy collection- this one from the 2001 Topps Traded set. 

The 20-card set focused on players who had been traded at some point in their careers. Murphy is one of only four players from the set who are not in the Hall of Fame- so yes, the fact that the featured players would trade places was very surprising to fans of the teams and/or players.

Looking at Dale's career stats recently, I noticed that he played a lot fewer games as a Phillie than I thought. As I look at the number of cards showing Dale in a Phillies uniform, it seems like he would have been there much longer; but he only played one full season in the City of Brotherly Love.

Who would have thought that one of the game's most durable players of the eighties (he didn't miss a game for four seasons-between 1982-1985- and then only missed eleven between 1986 through 1988) would have such a tough time getting on the field in 1992?

After having been traded to Philly on August 3, 1990, Murphy appeared in 57 games in his new uniform that summer. The 1991 season would be his final full season, playing in 153 games at age 35- though his production certainly was nowhere that of his prime. Knee problems would limit his time on the field during the 1992 season to just 63 plate appearances over 18 games. He would begin his final major league season with the expansion Colorado Rockies during the 1993 campaign- getting 42 at-bats in 26 games. And then, the career was over.

Who would have thought that $1.05 could be money so well spent.

Monday, June 30, 2014

No Minor Feat

If you haven't heard, the Braves High-A team in Lynchburg, Va. threw combined no-hitters against the Wilmington Blue Rocks (Royals affiliate) on back-to-back nights this past week. Atlanta's top prospect Lucas Sims, along with Alex Wilson, threw the first no-no on Thursday night, while recent Independent League signee Cody Scarpetta (along with Benino Pruneda) matched the feat on Friday night.

Speaking of Braves minor leaguers, I was somewhat disappointed in this year's team representatives in Topps Pro Debut.  Four players made up Atlanta's roster and after seeing the checklist, I was very close to just abstaining from it this year. Ultimately, I decided to pick up a team set because of the inclusion of last year's top draft pick, Jason Hursh.

2014 Pro Debut #148 James Hoyt

I don't know how I missed it, but Hoyt is a local guy- so that might just give me an excuse to purchase an autographed card of his that's included in this year's set. He's currently at AAA Gwinnett, after pitching very well at AA Mississippi for most of this year.
2014 Stats: (AA)  2-2, 1.21 ERA, 29.2 IP, 6 Saves, 0.910 WHIP, 12.7 K/9
                   (AAA)  1-0  0.00 ERA, 4 IP,  1 Save, 1.50 WHIP, 15.8 K/9

2014 Pro Debut #25 Gus Schlosser

Schlosser was the 'Twenty-Sixth Man' on Saturday- referring to the special roster spot major league teams are allotted for doubleheaders. Entering the second game of the double header, Gus pitched one inning against the Phillies, allowing only a walk.

After making the opening day roster, Gus made 9 appearances out of the pen, allowing six runs over eleven innings, as well as taking a loss and recording a blown save.

2014 Pro Debut #127 Kyle Kubitza

Kubitza is having a pretty good offensive season at AA Mississippi, with a slash line that reads .304/.403/.462, though his defense leaves something to be desired. Third base is a weak area in the farm system, which explains the Braves recent extension with Chris Johnson. Perhaps Kyle will develop into the same type player for the Braves.

2014 Pro Debut #125 Jason Hursh

With the velocity that he possesses (92-96), one would expect Hursh to record a lot more strikeouts than he does (he's averaging 4.6 per 9 innings for AA Mississippi); he's a more pitch to contact type who induces a lot of groundballs with his heavy sinker. Jason also throws a curve and change up- both of which he will to become more consistent with if he is to become a starter at the major league level.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Food-Issue Friday: Low Calorie Diet

This time of year is always an extremely busy one for me & I'm too tired to put very much time or thought into a post-plus, my wife and daughter just got home after being gone all week- so I'll just share a few recent eBay purchases.