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Happy Reds birthday, Dave Van Gorder!

Van Gorder

March 27, 1957

Dave Van Gorder was a College Baseball All-American at the University of Southern California in 1978. Skippered by Rod Dedeaux, the Trojans were the 1978 College World Series Champions, and also featured Pro Football Hall of Famer Anthony Munoz on the mound.

Happy Reds birthday, Candy Sierra!

Sierra

March 27, 1967

Candy Sierra must have made an impression on the Reds when he pitched two scoreless innings against them on June 6, 1988; two days later, they traded Dennis Rasmussen to the Padres to acquire him. He only pitched one more game in the majors, giving up two runs to the Giants in four innings pitched on June 10. Sierra spent the rest of 1988 in Nashville and 1989 in Chattanooga before returning to the Padres organization in 1990.

Happy Reds birthday, Clayton Lambert!

Lambert

March 26, 1917

Only two players from Illinois College made it to the majors: Floyd Newkirk pitched one game for the New York Yankees in 1934, and Clayton Lambert pitched in 26 games for the Reds in 1946-47.

Happy Reds birthday, Mel Queen!

Queen

March 26, 1942

Mel Queen’s dad (also named Mel) played for the Yankees and Pirates. The younger Mel played for the Reds and Angels. Neither really had an enormous impact—son went 20-17, 3.14 ERA in seven years; dad went 27-40, 5.09 in eight years. The younger Queen also managed the Blue Jays for five games in 1997, and his brother-in-law also played pro ball: Jim Lonborg.

Happy Reds birthday, Dan Wilson!

Wilson

March 25, 1969

Dan Wilson was a 1st round pick for the Reds in 1990 out of the University of Minnesota, and made his debut in September, 1992. One of the problems with having the greatest player at a position on your team is that no one who comes after will ever measure up. Wilson was dealt to the Mariners with Bobby Ayala for Bret Boone and Erik Hanson after the 1993 season; he was named to the American League All-Star squad in 1996.

Happy Reds birthday, Norris Hopper!

Norris Hopper Reds

March 24, 1979

Norris Hopper hit .329 in 307 at-bats in 2007, but injuries knocked him down in 2008 and he underwent Tommy John surgery. He stuck around the minors until 2012, but couldn’t make the climb back to the big leagues after surgery.

New Topps #TBT, and again, I only want one card

Griffey

Ken Griffey is the one I want. He is joined by Derek Jeter, Ichiro Suzuki, Ivan Rodriguez, Robinson Cano, and Yoenis Cespedes. Other than Junior, I really don’t care to add any of the other cards to my collection. Maybe Ichiro, but not really. Griffey is the main focus.

I’m not dropping another $20 for one stinking card. I did that once already, and I’m stuck with some non-Reds that I really don’t need in my house. I tried to eBay them, but I guess I was asking too much. So here’s the deal: if you buy these cards, and want to trade Griffey to me for any two of the 1968-style #TBT cards from about a month ago, e-mail me. I will gladly take it off your hands (and may throw some extra goodies in the trade package for you).

1968 Topps TBT

Sound good? I hope so. Let me know.

UPDATE: I bought the card on eBay. So this offer is no longer on the table, but if you would like to swing a deal for Stargell, Dawson, Molitor, or Fisk, let me know. They are still available for the right offer.

Happy Reds birthday, Lee May!

Lee May The Big Bopper

March 23, 1943

Lee May was nicknamed “The Big Bopper of Birmingham,” a name given to him by teammate Tommy Helms. The Sporting News called him the Rookie of the Year, but Tom Seaver took home the MLB award. May was a popular player in Cincinnati, hitting 147 home runs in seven seasons and being inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame in 2006.

Happy Reds birthday, Bo Diaz!

Bo Diaz

March 23, 1953

This is a popular week for catchers to be born! Bo Diaz was an All-Star for the Reds in 1987, hitting .270 with 15 home runs and 82 RBI. He was the National League Player of the Month in July, hitting .351 with 5 homers and 23 RBI. Had he played at that pace the entire season, he would have hit 34 longballs and drove in 156 runs. I remember reading the blurb in the Cincinnati Post about Diaz’s death in 1990 after he was killed while adjusting a satellite dish on his roof. Diaz was inducted into the Venezuelan Baseball Hall of Fame in 2006

Happy Reds birthday, Mike Remlinger!

Remlinger

Mach 23, 1966

Mike Remlinger pitched for the Reds during my baseball dark ages, from 1995-1998. He was a reliever for most of his career, but in Cincinnati he started 44 games, including 28 in 1998. His 8-15 record that year prompted the Reds to send him packing with Bret Boone to Atlanta for Rob Bell, Denny Neagle, and Michael Tucker. He caught fire in 1999 for the Braves, going 10-1 with a 2.37 ERA.

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