Friday, April 9, 2021

An Update

 I haven't done this recently here so I wanted to give an update on my progress..










I'm walking now with the aid of a walker. I can get out of and back into bed without the sling or mechanical lift. The last two pics are me with the two awesome ladies from physio I deal with. 



As an added bonus, a short video of me walking. 

I still probably have a month or so to go, but I'm progressing well. I want to thank those who read and have commented on my recovery previously, as well as those who follow me on the Twitter machine. 

Monday, March 8, 2021

Rumours of my Demise....

 Have been greatly exaggerated.


I have been in the hospital since January 29th with Septic Shock in my leg, accute renal failure, a gastrointestinal issue where I had internal bleeding, nasal passages filled with dried blood, mouth covered in large bumps and black spots on my tongue and mouth. 


Since then I've regained kidney function, my legs are almost cleared up, my nose and mouth are cleared up, the gastrointestinal issue has been cleared.. I just need to regain the ability and strength to walk. 

Since I'm in the hospital for the next little while, I won't be updating this aside to inform how my health journey is going. 


Love all my readers... All 10 of you :P 

I'll be back to it soon enough. 

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

End of Year

 With tomorrow being New Years Eve and considering the amount of time I've spent on the computer lately (Hint: Almost none) I figured I'd write a quick note tonight while my legs allow me to before they get too sore from being cold. 


With tomorrow being the end of the year, naturally we all look back at the events of the year, both good and bad.. This year, I'm sure we all want to forget it existed. 

I just want to wish everyone a Happy New Year and that 2021 actually be decent after the dual shitshows that were 2019 and 2020. 

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Health Update

Well, I just wanted to give a quick update on a few things.. 


First: My health. 

I've been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation and am on medications for it. I'm also on antidepressants as a result of the stress and other issues. My legs are still an issue, draining enough to need dressings changed daily. I'm off work and have been since mid November. I may be off into January. 

My legs have been bothering me some days to the point where I was almost in tears due to pain. I haven't been on the computer very often and when I am, it's usually for about 15-20 minutes. Therefore, I haven't been able to keep up on my blog, or much of anything else, really. 

Second: Cards

I have received cards from a few people that I'd like to thank. Julie from A Cracked Bat sent me some cards from the Pick Pockets thing she ran after the election. 

Chris at The Collector sent me a few cards for Christmas, going into the Expos collection. 

I received a Sportlots order I purchased and it fills some holes. 1978 Topps, and 1986 Topps are complete and I'm working on 1983 OPC. I also have some Studio from 1991 and 1992. I also purchased some Canadian player cards, including a reprint Dick Fowler. 

I bought a card from First Row Collectibles. A 1992 Nabisco Bill Lee autographed card. 


So yeah.. That's what's going on.. Just wanted to let everyone know.. 

If I don't happen to get on before, Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays, all that jazz.. 

 

Sunday, November 8, 2020

1988 CMC Louisville Redbirds

 Today I want to go over the 1988 Louisville Redbirds. 

They were the American Association affiliate for the St Louis Cardinals. 

In 1988 they went 63-79

Who was on this team?

Alex Cole bounced around a lot. He played in the Majors for Cleveland (1990-1992), Pittsburgh (1992), Colorado (1993), Minnesota (1994-1995), and Boston (1996)
Overall, he played in the Cardinals (85-89), Padres (90), Indians (90-92), Pirates (92), Rockies (93), Twins (94-95), Red Sox (96), and Marlins (97) organizations. 
He also spent 1998 split between Madison in the Independents and Mexico, and spent 1999-2001 with Bridgeport in the Independents. 

Bill Lyons spent time in the Majors for St Louis in 1983-1984
Overall, he spent time in the Brewers (80), and the Cardinals (81-88) organizations

Ray Stephens spent time in the Majors with St Louis in 1990 and 1991 and with Texas in 1992. 
Overall, he spent time in the Cardinals (85-91), Phillies (92) and Rangers (92-93) organizations. 

Craig Wilson played in the Majors for the Cardinals from 1989-1992 and for the Royals in 1993
Overall. he spent time in the Cardinals (84-92), Royals (93), Rangers (94) and Tigers (96) organizations. 
He also spent part of 1994 in Mexico. 

CRIS Carpenter, not to be confused with the future Jay and Cardinal, played in the Majors for the Cards from 1988-1992, Marlins in 1993, Rangers in 1993-1994, and Brewers in 1996. 
Overall, he played for the Cardinals (88-92),  Marlins (93), Rangers (93-94), Cardinals (95) and Brewers (96) organizations. 

Dave Rajsich played in the Majors for the Yankees (78) and Rangers (79-80)
Overall, he played for the Yankees (75-78), Rangers (79-83), Orioles (85), Cardinals (85-86) Royals (86-87) and Cardinals again (88) organizations. 
He spent 1984 in Japan. 

David Green played in the Majors for the Cardinals from 1981-1984 and again in 1987 and for the Giants in 1985
Overall, he played for the Brewers (79-80), Cardinals (81-84, 87-88), Giants (85) Braves (89) and Rangers (90-91) organizations. 
He also spent time in 1986 in Japan and parts of 1986-1990 in Mexico

Dick Grapenthin played in the Majors for the Expos from 1983-1985
Overall, he played for the Expos (80-85), Padres (86), Cardinals (87-88), Yankees (89) and Tigers (89) organizations. 

Duane Walker played in the Majors for Cincinnati from 1982-1985, Texas in 1985, and St Louis in 1988. 
Overall, he played for the Reds (76-85), Rangers (85), Astros (86) and Cardinals (86-88) organizations. 

Gibson Alba played three games in the Majors for the Cardinals in 1988
Overall, he played for the Pirates (77-78), Cardinals (81), Blue Jays (82-86), Indians (87), Brewers (87) Cardinals (88-90) Braves (90-91) and Brewers (91) organizations. 

Jim Leopold never made it out of the minors. 
He played in the Padres (81-85) Pirates (86) and Cardinals (87-88) organizations. 

Joe Pettini was a coach with the Redbirds in 1987. In 1988, he was the Manager of the Hamilton Redbirds. 

John Costello played in the Majors for the Cardinals 1988-1990, Expos 1990, and Padres 1991. 
Overall, he played for the Cardinals (83-90), Expos (90), Padres (91) and Mariners (92) organizations. 

John Martin didn't make it out of the minors. 
Overall, he played for the Yankees (80), Cardinals (81-88) and Phillies (89-90) organizations. 

John Murphy never made it out of the minors. 
He played his entire career in the Cardinals organization (84-89)


Luis Alicea played in the Majors for the Cardinals in 1988, 1991-1994, 1996, The Red Sox in 1995, Angels in 1997, Rangers from 1998-2000 and the Royals from 2001-2002
Overall, he played for the Cardinals (86-94, 96) Red Sox (95) Angels (97), Rangers (98-00) and Royals (01-02) organizations. 

Mark Dougherty never made it out of the minors. 
He played his entire career in the Cardinals organzation. (83-88)

Mike Fitzgerald played 13 games for the 1988 Cardinals
He spent his career in the Cardinals (84-90) and Phillies (90) organizations. 

Mike Jorgensen was in his second season as Manager in 1988. 
He spent his entire coaching career with the Cardinals. 

Randy O'Neal played in the Majors for the Tigers (84-86) Braves (87) Cardinals (87-88) Phillies (89) and Giants (90)
Overall, he played in the Tigers (81-86), Braves (87) Cardinals (87-88) Phillies (89) Giants (90), and Royals (91) organizations. 
He also played in the Independents in 1994-1995

Rich Buonantony never made it out of the minors. 
Overall, he played for the Cubs (80-83), Brewers (84), Cardinals (85-89), Phillies (89-90) organizations
He also played for the Independent Reno Silver Sox in 1991. 

Roy Silver never made it out of the minors
He spent his entire career with the Cardinals (84-91)

Sal Agostinelli never played in the Majors. 
He spent time in the Cardinals (83-88) and Phillies (89-92) organizations

Tim Conroy played in the Majors for Oakland in 1978 and 1982-1985 and for the Cardinals in 1986-1987
Overall, he played for the Athletics (79-85) Cardinals (86-88) and Pirates (89) organizations. 

Tim Jones played in the Majors for the Cardinals from 1988-1993
Overall, he played for the Cardinals (85-93) Indians (94) and Athletics (95) organizations. 


Friday, November 6, 2020

Just a Quick Post

 Just wanted to pop on here quickly and let everyone know I'm still around. I've just had some bad luck with computers, printers, and my health over the last month or so.. 

I haven't disappeared. I will be continuing the blog. 

Sunday, October 4, 2020

1988 CMC Portland Beavers

 Today I'm talking about the Portland Beavers

In 1987, they went 45-96

in 1988, they went 76-66

So who was on this team??


Allan Anderson (not Andy) played for the Twins from 1986-1991. 
Overall, he played for the Twins (83-91), Yankees (92), Rangers (93), and Indians (93) organizations. 

Bobby Ralston didn't make the Major Leagues
He played for the Twins (84-89) and Athletics (90) organizations. 

Brad Bierley nver made the Majors.
Overall, he played for the Twins (85-89) and Cubs (90-91) organizations. 

Brian Harper played in the Majors for the Angels (79-81), Pirates (82-84), Cardinals (85), Tigers (86), Athletics (87, 95), Twins (88-93), and Brewers (94) 
Overall, he played for the Angels (77-81), Pirates (82-84), Cardinals (85), Tigers (86), Athletics (87, 95), Twins (88-93), Brewers (94) and Mariners (00) 

Chris Pittaro played for the Tigers 1985 and Twins 1986-1987
Overall, he played for the Tigers (82-85) and Twins (86-88) organizations

Doug Baker played in the Majors for the Tigers from 1984-1987 and the Twins from 1988-1990
Overall, he played for the Tigers (82-87), Twins (88-90), and Astros (91) organizations. 

Eric Bullock played in the Majors for Houston (85-86), Twins (88), Phillies (89), and Expos (90-92)
Overall, he played for the Astros (81-87), Twins (87-88), Phillies (89), Expos (90-92), Mets (93), and Padres (95) organizations. He played 1994 in Mexico

Freddie Toliver played in the Majors for the Reds (84), Phillies (85-87), Twins (88-89), Padres (89), and Pirates (93)
Overall, he played for the Yankees (79-81), Reds (82-85), Phillies (85-87), Twins (88-89), Padres (89), Angels (90-91), Pirates (92-93) organizations
He also played from 1994-1996 in China and in the Independents in 1998. 

Jeff Bumgarner never made it out of the minors
He played for the Twins (85-88), Mets (89-90), and Orioles (90-92) organizations. 

Jim Davins never made it out of the minors
He played for the Pirates (85-86), Twins (87-89), Expos (90), and Brewers (91) organizations. 

Jim Mahoney was one of two managers for the team. 
This was his last job managing or coaching in baseball. 

Jim Shellenback's only managerial work was in 1988. The rest of his time was spent as a pitching coach, working with Elizabethton from 1994-2012

Jim Winn played in the Majors for the Pirates (83-86), White Sox (87), and Twins (88)
Overall, he played for the Pirates (81-86), White Sox (87), and Twins (88) organizations. 

John  Moses played in the Majors for the Mariners (82-87, 92), Twins (88-90), and Tigers (91)
Overall, he played for the Mariners (80-87, 92), Twins (88-90), Tigers (91), Pirates (91) and Indians (91) organizations. 

Karl Best played in the Majors for the Mariners (83-86), and Twins (88)
Overall, he played for the Mariners (78-87), Tigers (87), Twins (88) and Giants (88) organizations. 

Kelvin Torve played in the Majors for the Twins (88), and Mets (90-91) 
Overall, he played for the Giants (81-84), Orioles (85-87), Twins (88-89), Mets (90-91) organizations.
He also played in Japan from 1992-1993. 

Mark Portugal played in the Majors for the Twins (84-88), Astros (89-93), Giants (94-95), Reds (95-96), Phillies (97-98), and Red Sox (99)
Overall, he played for the Twins (81-88), Astros (89-93), Giants (94-95), Reds (95-96), Phillies (97-98), and Red Sox (99) organizations. 

Phil Wilson never made it out of the Minors
He played for the Twins (84-88) and Expos (89) organizations. 

Ray Soff played in the Majors for the Cardinals in 1986-1987
Overall, he played for the Cubs (79-84), Cardinals (85-87), Twins (88-89), Mets (89-91), and Angels (92) organizations. 

Ricky Jones played for the Orioles for 16 games in 1986
Overall, he played for the Orioles (80-87), and Twins (87-88) organizations

Roy Smith played in the Majors for the Indians (84-85), Twins (86-90), and Orioles (91) 
Overall, he played for the Phillies (79-82), Indians (83-85), Twins (86-90), Orioles (91), and Pirates (95) organizations. 

Steve Liddle never played in the Majors
Overall, he played for the Angels (81-86) and Twins (87-88) organizations. 

TR Bryden played 16 games for the Angels in 1986
Overall, he played for the Angels (81-87) and Twins (88) organizations. 

Vic Rodriguez played 11 games for Baltimore in 1984 and 6 games for Minnesota in 1989
Overall, he played for the Orioles (77-84), Padres (85), Cardinals (86-87), Twins (88-91), Phillies (92-93), Marlins (94), and Red Sox (95) organizations. 
He also played in Mexico in in 1992. 

Winston Ficklin didn't make the Majors 
Overall, he played for the Indians (81-83, 85-87), Yankees (84), Twins (88), and Cubs (89) organizations.