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Fun Cards: “Baseball Immortals” Curt Schilling ***SNUBBED***

Schilling Snubbed

Curt Schilling failed to receive the requisite 75% for the Hall of Fame. He has two years remaining on the ballot, so induction seems inevitable…just not this year.

Goodbye, Tyler Skaggs

(July 13, 1991 – July 1, 2019)

Skaggs

Tyler Skaggs passed away in his hotel room in Texas this morning. Police are investigating but report that foul play is not suspected. Skaggs began his major league career with the Diamondbacks before joining the Angels after the 2013 season via the Dan Haren trade.

Several teams and players have posted condolences and memories on Twitter.

Fun Cards: “Baseball Immortals” Randy Johnson

Johnson

Five Cy Young Awards. Second on the all-time strikeouts list. Randy Johnson‘s career had a rocky start, but once he gained command of his pitches, there was no doubt the 6-foot-10 hurler was bound for Cooperstown. He is actually the third Randy Johnson to play in the big leagues. The first was a designated hitter for the White Sox in 1980 and Twins in 1982. The second was a third baseman for the Braves from 1982-1984. Obviously, neither amounted to much at the big league level.

Baseball Stadiums 2016 Calendar published by TF Publishing

Baseball Stadiums Calendar

Baseball Stadiums 2016 Calendar
published by TF Publishing, 2015

Now that October has arrived, it is time to admit that Christmas is just around the corner. Yes, we have to get through Halloween and Thanksgiving first, but it is never too soon to start thinking about what gifts you will be buying for others. One small gift that is timeless is the calendar. Whether you go with the daily boxed variety, or the monthly hang-on-the-wall calendar, everyone needs to know what day it is at some point.

Perfect Timing publishes a wide variety of calendars, including this very nice Baseball Stadiums 2016 Calendar. Twelve ballparks are featured, including such vital statistics as home team, opening date, dimensions, capacity, and playing surface. The twelve parks are Busch (St. Louis), AT&T (San Francisco), Fenway (Boston), Citi (New York Mets), PNC (Pittsburgh), Great American (Cincinnati), Yankee (New York Yankees), Wrigley (Chicago Cubs), Chase (Arizona), Comerica (Detroit), Rogers (Toronto), and Dodger (Los Angeles). The calendar measures 11.8×23.4 when hung on the wall, showing the stadium of the month; the calendar portion has plenty of room to jot down appointment and meeting reminders in the blocks.

Learn more about TF Publishing.

Purchase Baseball Stadiums 2016 Calendar published by Perfect Timing.

#FerrellTakesTheField 1990 Score style: Ten positions, ten teams, ten “fun cards”

A picture is worth one thousand words, so here are ten thousand nineteen (including these words, but not the title)…

WF-01 Will Ferrell (A's)

WF-02 Will Ferrell (Mariners)

WF-03 Will Ferrell (Angels)

WF-04 Will Ferrell (Cubs)

WF-05 Will Ferrell (Diamondbacks)

WF-06 Will Ferrell (Reds)

WF-07 Will Ferrell (White Sox)

WF-08 Will Ferrell (Giants)

WF-09 Will Ferrell (Dodgers)

WF-10 Will Ferrell (Padres)

Arroyo in Arizona

Arroyo in Arizona

The deal is official. Bronson Arroyo passed his physical exam yesterday and is now officially a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Reds have a very good pitching staff, and extending him another year for $14 million just didn’t make sense. Arroyo met with several teams over the winter months, including the New York Mets and Minnesota Twins, but in the end Arizona was the only team that was seriously interested. He is a dependable starter and will fit in well at the bottom of the D’backs rotation, but still seems a bit pricey for a #4 starter in my opinion.

I attempted to go old-school with the Photoshop “fun card” above. It has a bit of airbrush quality to it, but still uses the real Arizona logo because I couldn’t digitally draw that if my life depended on it. At least not in less than ten minutes, which is all the time I wanted to spend on it.

Fun Cards Submission: 2008ish5 Topps Cory Hahn (2013 Draft Pick)

Cory Hahn drafted by Arizona Diamondbacks 2013 MLB Draft

In 2010, Cory Hahn was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 26th round. Sure he would be drafted again in a few years, the ballplayer decided to hone his skills on the Arizona State University diamond rather than in low-level rookie ball.

In his third game at Arizona State in 2011, Cory Hahn was paralyzed from the chest down while sliding into second base.

The Arizona Diamondbacks decided to give Hahn a chance in baseball anyway, drafting the player who wore #34 in the 34th round a few days ago. No, Hahn will never be able to play baseball again, but he has a baseball mind and the Diamondbacks want him to use that mind for their organization. While we do not know the specifics at this time, they plan to offer him a full-time job with the team in some capacity.

This is a great story, and I can’t wait to see how it plays out in the coming months and years. Congrats Cory!

Thanks to TWJ contributor Patrick for the “fun card.”

2012 FPC: Arizona Diamondbacks

I had some difficulties with the scanner last week, but it is working again now so I can commence with the 2012 Fan Pack Challenge postings. Unfortunately, I don’t have many updates to post on that front.

The Arizona Diamondbacks fan pack arrived late last week. Similar to last year’s fan pack, it is an activity booklet with a nice 8×8 pull-out poster in the middle, one side featuring the mascot and the other featuring some of the key members of the 2011 NL West Championship team (including manager Kirk Gibson). This is a different kind of fan pack, a nice change of pace. However, there are some key elements missing: no schedule, no pull-out baseball cards, no stickers. The Diamondbacks will receive a slightly better score than they did last year because of timeliness, but still only get 2 points for the fan pack itself.

Here’s their score:
The inclusion of pocket schedule(s) = 0 points
Stickers = 0
Trading cards = 0
High-quality promotional items = 2
Other stuff = 0
Timeliness = 9 points
TOTAL SCORE = 11 POINTS

If you want to see the inside of the Dbacks fan pack, request one for yourself!

Taco Cards: Mark Grace

Another former Diamondback, Mark Grace will always be a Cub to me. I loved watching him on WGN growing up, and rooted for him every time he came to bat.

Taco Cards: Luis Gonzalez

Luis Gonzalez was an All-Star five times during his eight-year stint with the Diamondbacks. During that time, he hit 224 home runs while batting .298. I’m sure he received quite a reception from the crowd at Chase Field when his name was announced.

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