Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Trade Clean-Up

I've had a couple packages come in over the last little while and I figured I should cover them.

First is a trade I made with Bruno162 on Trading Card Database (I'll have my stuff out to you on Friday) who sent me a group of 1992 Upper Deck Expos.


The funny thing is.. I know I had some of these cards before at one time, but I have no clue where they went to. I had the Walker and the Wallach.. In fact, that Wallach card was the inspiration for one of my Art Projects in OAC (a now defunct grade in Ontario.. Grade 13)


I know I had the Calderon as well.. I think I had the DeShields, but again, they vanished from this plane of existence. I'm glad to have these (some of them again for the first time lol)

The other one was a surprise from the Night Owl.

He also sent some Expos to me


I know I had none of these beforehand. 
I'm surprised at how much the 2016 Stadium Club looks like 1997 Fleer..
Brad Wilkerson spent time with both the Expos and the Jays. 
Carl Pavano was part of the deal that brought Pedro Martinez to the Red Sox.  


I remember making mention about the Bob Bailey on his blog when he said he got a second one. 
Also, a Balor Moore mini. This is also the first time I've seen one of the scratch offs in person. 

Thank you again for the cards, gentlemen!



Sunday, August 21, 2016

Canadians in the Majors: Jeff Heath

Today I'm going to cover a guy I've wanted to for a while. I know as of right now getting a card of him will be next to impossible, so I'm using images from the Trading Card Database again.
(I really hate to do that)

Explanations out of the way, I'm excited to write about Jeff Heath.

Jeff Heath was born on April 1, 1915 in Fort William, Ontario.


I had to find a map that showed Fort William and Port Arthur to illustrate. 


Of course, now Fort William is part of Thunder Bay, Ontario.

Jeff Heath was born in Fort William but moved to Vancouver, British Columbia before settling in Seattle, Washington. 

In 1935, he signed with the Yakima Bears of the Northwest League. After touring Japan with the team, he had issues re-entering the United States (some things never change) so he became a US citizen.

He was signed by the Cleveland Indians. The scout who signed him reportedly said "If this kid isn't a big leaguer, I don't know baseball."

He joined Cleveland in 1936 and 1937 for a few games, then was given the opportunity to start in 1938. 


He ended up batting .343 with 31 doubles, a league leading 18 triples, 21 home runs and 112 runs batted in. 

He had a drop off the next year and a further decline in 1940, ending with a .219 average 16 doubles, 3 triples, 14 home runs and 50 runs batted in. 
Part of the decline was due to clashes with the manager at the time to go along with him trying too hard to replicate his first full season.

In 1941 he was given a vote of confidence by the new manager and proceeded to hit:
.340 32 doubles, 20 triples, 24 home runs and 123 runs batted in. 
In the 1941 season, he made the All Star team, and made the 20-20-20 club (2B-3B-HR)

In 1943, he made the All Star team again and hit:
.274 22 doubles, 6 triples, 18 home runs 79 runs batted in.

In 1944 he was rejected for service in the War due to a knee problem. During the season, he was used primarily as a pinch-hitter. 

In the offseason, he had knee surgery then got into a contract dispute with the Indians. He returned in June of 1945 and made the All Star team again, though the game was not played due to travel restrictions. 

In 1943, he became the Second Canadian Born player to hit 100 Home Runs. The first was George Selkirk.

After the 1945 season, he was traded to the Washington Senators. He played part of the 1945 season with the Senators before being traded to the St. Louis Browns. 

In 1947, attitude issues that plagued him in Cleveland surfaced again in St. Louis. On the last day of the season, he was showering when his final at bat of the season came up. After the season, seeking to overhaul the roster, the Browns looked to the National League to trade Heath. 


Enter the Boston Braves.

In 1948, Heath hit:
.319 26 Doubles, 5 Triples. 20 Home Runs, 76 Runs Batted In.
At the end of the 1948 season, however, Heath had a major injury come up. 


This photo is from the book Canada's Baseball Legends.
He missed the remainder of the season and the Braves ended up losing the World Series to the Indians.

He spent part of 1949 in the minor leagues, playing 36 games with the Braves.
The Braves put him on waivers after the season and offered him a managerial position, but he declined. 

Before his retirement, he played 57 games for the Seattle Rainiers of the Pacific Coast League.

For his career, he ended with the following numbers:

.293 1447 Hits, 279 2B, 102 3B, 194 HR. 887 RBI.

He also had the distinction of having the most Home Runs by a foreign born player until Bobby Thomson passed him.

He passed away in 1975 at the age of 60 from a Heart Attack.


He is buried at Lakeview Cemetery in Seattle.


So there you have it. A major league player from the city I was born in. I hope you enjoy reading this 

:)





Friday, August 19, 2016

They Played for Canada: 2008

Yesterday I looked at the 2004 Olympics and the fourth place Team Canada. Today I will look at the 2008 team.

Again, I will mention what cards I own, otherwise card photos courtesy of the Trading Card Database.


James Avery was born in Maple Creek, Saskatchewan. 
He never made it out of the minors. In 2008 he was playing in Chattanooga.
In competition: 3.2 IP 2 ER 4 SO


Chris Begg was also part of the 2004 team.
Born in Uxbridge, Ontario.
He was on the Norwich Navigators and San Jose Giants in 2008.
In competition: 1-1, 12.0 IP, 1 ER, 5 SO, 9 BB


T.J. Burton was born in Ottawa, Ontario
He never made it out of the minors in his career. 
In 2008 he played in Akron in the Indians system.
In competition: 3.2 IP, 4 SO, 3 BB


Stubby Clapp played for the 2004 team as well.
Born in Windsor, Ontario
In 2008 he was playing in Syracuse in the Blue Jays system.
In competition: 8/28 .286 1 HR, 2 RBI, 5 Runs scored

I own this card.
Rheal Cormier was born in Moncton, New Brunswick
In 2008 he was playing in the New Brunswick Senior League on the Moncton Mets.
In competition: 2.1 IP, 1 SO, 5 BB


David Corrente was born in Chatham, Ontario
He never made it out of the minors, finishing in 2008
In 2008 he was playing for Dunedin in the Jays system.
In competition: 0-4


David Davidson was born in Richmond Hill, Ontario
Davidson played in the Majors from 2007-2009 for Pittsburgh and Florida.
In 2008 he was on the Altoona Curve in the Pittsburgh system.
In competition: 5.1 IP, 4 SO, 2 BB

Emerson Frostad was born in Vancouver, British Columbia.
He never made it to the Majors.
In 2008 he was playing for Frisco in the Rangers system.
In competition: 3/15 .200 2 RBI, 1 Run Scored


Emmanuel Garcia was born in Montreal, Quebec.
He never made it to the Majors.
In 2008 he was playing for Binghamton for the Mets.
In competition: 4/21 .190, 2 RBI, 4 Runs Scored


Steve Green was born in Greenfield Park, Quebec.
He played in the Majors in 2001 for the Angels.
In 2008 he was on the Lehigh Valley IronPigs in the Phillies system.
In competition: 6.0 IP  5 SO, 3 BB


Mike Johnson played in 2004 as well.
Born in Edmonton, Alberta.
In 2008 it looks like he was not in Professional Ball. In 2007 and 2009 he played for Edmonton in two leagues.
In competition: 0-1 9.1 IP, 5 ER, 6 SO, 6 BB

I own this card.
Brett Lawrie was born in Langley, British Columbia.
He currently plays for the Chicago White Sox.
In 2008 he was on the Langley Blaze Youth team.
In competition: 0/10 2 BB

Thank you eBay for the photo.

Jon Lockwood was born in Toronto, Ontario.
He never made the Majors,playing in the Seattle system from 2004-2007.
He did not play Professional Ball in 2008.
In competition: 0-1 4.0 IP, 3 ER, 3 SO, 1 BB


Brooks McNiven was born in Vancouver, British Columbia.
He did not make the Majors, playing in the Giants system from 2003-2009.
In 2008 he was on the Connecticut Defenders. 
In competition: 1-0, 8.0 IP, 2 ER, 2 SO, 2 BB


Ryan Radmanovich was on the 2004 team.
Born in Calgary, Alberta
In 2008 he was on the Somerset Patriots of the Atlantic League
In competition: 1/9 .111 


Chris Reitsma was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 
He was able to play on the Canadian team because he has Dual Citizenship and was living in Calgary, Alberta. 
He played in the Majors from 2001-2007 for Cincinnati, Atlanta, and Seattle.
In 2008 he was not in Professional Baseball.
In competition: 0-2, 4.1 IP, 3 ER, 3 SO, 3 BB


Chris Robinson was born in Dorchester, Ontario.
Robinson played in the Majors for San Diego. 
In 2008 he played in Tennessee in the Cubs system.
In competition: 5/16 .313 1 Run Scored.


Matt Rogelstad was born in New Westminster, British Columbia.
He never made it to the Majors, playing from 2003-2011.
In 2008 he was on the Harrisburg Senators for Washington.
In competition: 2/25 .080 1 RBI, 1 Run Scored

I own this card

Michael Saunders was born in Victoria, British Columbia.
He is currently in the Majors with Toronto, playing previously with Seattle.
in 2008 he was in Tacoma in the Seattle system.
In competition: 8/28 .286 2 HR, 4 RBI, 5 Runs Scored.


Adam Stern was on the 2004 team.
Born in London, Ontario.
In 2008 he was playing in Norfolk in the Orioles system.
In competition: 4/22 .182 3 RBI, 4 Runs Scored.



R.J. Swindle was born in Vancouver, British Columbia.
He played in the Majors in 2008 and 2009 for Milwaukee and Philadelphia.
In 2008 he was playing for Lehigh Valley in the Phillies system.
In competition: 4.1 IP, 6 SO


Scott Thorman was born in Cambridge, Ontario.
He played in the Majors for Atlanta in 2006-2007.
In 2008 he was playing for Richmond in the Braves system.
In competition: 4/23 .174 1 HR, 4 RBI, 3 Runs scored.


James Van Ostrand was born in Richmond, British Columbia.
He never made the Majors, playing from 2006-2013.
In 2008 he was in Salem and Corpus Christi in the Houston system.
In competition: 4/14 .286 2 RBI


Nick Weglarz was born in Stevensville, Ontario.
He never made the Majors, playing from 2005-2013.
In 2008 he played for Kinston in the Indians system.
In competition: 10/25 .400 2 HR, 5 RBI, 5 Runs Scored.

Pete Orr and Scott Richmond were originally selected to the team but were called to the Majors by Washington and Toronto respectively.

In four years there will be baseball again. 

My next post will be number 100. I will be posting something I've been wanting to for a while. 












Thursday, August 18, 2016

Olympics: They Played for Canada

Well, the Big Sporting Event covering multiple sports that aside for this one gathering nobody cares about is going on in Rio. 

At one time at this Event, Baseball was played. In both 2004 and 2008, Canada had a baseball team at this event. 

Seeing as this came about when I wasn't collecting as much, I have almost none of the players represented, so I'm borrowing heavily from the Trading Card Database here. For ease, I'll note the cards I own lol. 

Today I'll cover 2004, tomorrow 2008. 

In 2004, the Big Event was held in Athens, Greece. All told, Canada had 12 medals from the events. The baseball team had qualified and ended up doing well in the preliminary round, going 5-2. In the semi-finals, they lost to Cuba, then went on to lose the Bronze medal game to Japan. 

Chris Begg is from Uxbridge, Ontario and was in the Giants system when he played for Canada. 
He ended up taking the loss in the Semifinal against Cuba.

For the competition, he pitched 8 innings. 4 Earned Runs, 3 Strikeouts, No walks, and one Loss. 

Todd Betts is from North York, Ontario. 
He was playing for the Columbus Clippers when he was selected to team Canada. 

For the competition, he was 5/30 .167 with 4 runs scored.


Richard "Stubby" Clapp was born in Windsor, Ontario and actually had major league experience. After playing in the majors with St. Louis in 2001, he went to Atlanta and Toronto. In 2004 he was in Syracuse. 
In competition: 8/35 .229 1 HR, 5 RBI, 6 runs scored.

Eric Cyr was born in Montreal. 
He made the major leagues with San Diego in 2002. 
In 2004 he was in Salt Lake when he went to play for Canada. 
In competition: 7.1 IP, 2 ER, 6 SO, 4 BB

Phil Devey was born in St Jerome Quebec. 
He was on the San Antonio Missions roster when he joined Team Canada. 
In competition: 1-0, 6.0 IP, 1 SO, 1 BB 


Jason Dickson was born in London, Ontario. 
He played for the Angels from 1996-2000. 
In 2004 he was playing for the Somerset Patriots of the Atlantic League. 
In competition: 1-1, 11 IP, 5 ER, 3 SO, 2 BB 


I own this card! 
Rob Ducey was born in Toronto, Ontario. 
He was actually retired from professional baseball in 2004 but joined the team to play in Athens. 
In competition: 0-6


Jeff Guiel was born in North Vancouver, British Columbia. 
2004 was his last year in professional ball, spending it with Syracuse. His brother is Aaron Guiel. 
In competition: 5/24 .208, 3 runs scored


Shawn Hill was born in Mississauga, Ontario. 
In 2004 Hill was playing in Montreal and Harrisburg. He would have been in Harrisburg at the time of the Olympics in order for him to have been eligible. 
Oddly enough, he spent time with the Jays later in his career, being one of a handful of Canadians to play for both Montreal and Toronto.
In competition: 1-0, 11 IP, 2 ER, 6 SO, 2 BB 


Mike Johnson was born in Edmonton, Alberta. He played in the major leagues from 1997-2001 for Baltimore and Montreal. 
In 2004 he was pitching for the hometown Edmonton Trappers, then Triple A team for Montreal.
In competition: 1-2, 13.1 IP, 13 ER, 5 SO, 4 BB


Ryan Radmanovich as born in Calgary, Alberta. 
He ended up playing for the Seattle Mariners in the major leagues. 
In 2004 he was on the Somerset Patriots of the Atlantic League.
In competition: 8/33 .242, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 4 runs scored 


Simon Pond was born in North Vancouver, British Columbia. 
He briefly played in the major leagues with Toronto, spending the majority of his time in Syracuse. 
In competition: 1/16 .063 



Pete Orr was born in Richmond Hill, Ontario. 
Orr played in the majors from 2005-2013 with Atlanta, Washington, and Philadelphia. He was in Richmond in 2004. 
He's not related to that other famous Canadian Orr. 
In competition: 12/34 .353, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 8 runs scored


John Ogiltree was born in Toronto, Ontario. 
In 2004 he was playing for New Hampshire in the Eastern League. 
In competition: 4.2 IP, 2 SO


Kevin Nicholson was born in Vancouver, British Columbia.
He made the majors with San Diego, playing 37 games in 2000.
In 2004 he was playing for the Altoona Curve. 
In competition: 0/6, 2 runs scored


Aaron Myette was born in New Westminster, British Columbia.
Myette played in the majors from 1999-2004 with the White Sox, Rangers, Indians, and Reds.
In order to be eligible, he would have been in Louisville, Cincinnati's Triple A team at the time.
In competition: 7.0 IP, 2 ER, 8 SO, 2 BB


Chris Mears was born in Ottawa, Ontario. 
Mears made the majors with Detroit in 2003, He split 2004 between Erie and Toledo. 
In competition: 4.1 IP, 3 ER, 1 SO, 1 BB


Pete LaForest was born in Hull, Quebec.
He played in the majors for Tampa, Philadelphia, and San Diego. In 2004, he was playing for the Durham Bulls.
In competition: 8/26 .308 2 HR, 4 RBI, 3 Runs scored


Mike Kusiewicz was born in Montreal.
In 2004 he was playing for the High Desert Mavericks of the California League.
In competition: 2.0 IP, 1 ER, 1 SO



Danny Klassen was born in Leamington, Ontario.
He played in the Majors from 1998-2003 for Arizona and Detroit.
In 2004 he was playing in Toledo.
This was also Klassen's first time playing for a national team.
In competition: 4/31 .129 4 RBI 6 Runs scored


I own this card!
Paul Spoljaric was born in Kelowna, British Columbia.
He played in the majors from 1994-2000 for Toronto, Philadelphia, Seattle, and Kansas City.
In 2004 Paul was playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs in the Intercounty Baseball League
In competition: 1-0 5.1 IP, 4 SO, 2 BB


Adam Stern was born in London, Ontario
He played in the majors from 2005-2010 for Boston, Baltimore, and Milwaukee.
In 2004 he split between the Greenville Braves and Norfolk Tides.
In competition: 8/32 .250 4 RBI 6 Runs scored.


Andy Stewart was born in Oshawa, Ontario.
He played in the Majors in 1997 for Kansas City.
In 2004 he was on the Winnipeg Goldeyes.
In competition: 5/12 .417 4 RBI, 1 Run Scored


Jeremy Ware was born in Orangeville, Ontario.
In 2004 he was in Harrisburg and Edmonton in the Montreal system.
In competition: 5/14 .357 2 HR 4 RBI 3 Runs Scored.

That was 2004. Tomorrow I will look at 2008.