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Goodbye, Darren Daulton

(January 3, 1962 – August 6, 2017)

Daulton

A three-time All-Star who played the majority of his career with the Philadelphia Phillies, catcher Darren Daulton succumbed to brain cancer on Sunday. Daulton finished his playing career with the Florida Marlins, announcing his retirement after winning the 1997 World Series with the Fish.

Jim at The Phillies Room posted a nice memory of the time he and his son met “Dutch” and a retrospective of Daulton’s base Topps cards.

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Help finding a photo

Carl Barger was the first president of the Florida Marlins and he passed during the 1992 Winter Meetings, before the Fish even took the field. That photo above is the only one I have been able to find of Mr. Barger on the internet. I’m sure there are more out there, somewhere, but I haven’t been able to track any down.

Can you help me find a slightly larger photo? I’m working on a project and need something that is at least 350 pixels wide and 420 pixels high. It can even be the photo above, only larger, if the picture quality is not diminished. If it comes down to it, I can use a photo of the bust that is displayed in Pittsburgh, but would rather have a picture of the man himself.

Any help is appreciated!

2011 Fan Pack Challenge: Flordia Marlins

It has been a while since I have gotten any mail from the Fan Pack Challenge, but that changed Friday with a couple of packages. The Florida Marlins, despite being a bit slow, sent a pretty good package my way that included some oversized baseball cards, a temporary tattoo, and of course a pocket schedule. One of the most interesting things in the package was the advertisement for ticket plans. They could have (should have) put all the ticket information on one side, and made the other side a poster of Ramirez or Johnson. I might have hung it on the wall then, but no, they had to put sales information on both sides making it useless (to me, since I’m not going to buy a ticket plan for a Miami team while living in Cincinnati). But it is a pretty cool idea, no? If you’re going to spend that money to produce something this nice, make it a keepsake…your ad on one side to get the info out there, and a poster on the other. Anyway, let’s get on to the Marlins’ score…

The inclusion of pocket schedule(s) = 1 point (featuring Ricky Nolasco, Josh Johnson, Hanley Ramirez)
Stickers = 1
Baseball cards = 3 (Gaby Sanchez, Leo Nunez, Randy St. Claire)
High-quality promotional items = 1 (tattoo featuring Nolasco)
Other stuff = 1 (ad for ticket plans, bookmark, roster)
Timeliness = 7 points
TOTAL SCORE = 14 POINTS

It really turned out to be a nice package, despite my feelings about expansion teams. Request your own Marlins fan pack here, just be sure to say “please” and “thank you.”

2010 Rookie Sensations: Heyward, Leake, Strasburg, Stanton

I know I’ll never own “the” Strasburg rookie card (which is a farce anyway), so I made my own…with added value in the former of should-be All-Star Heyward, should-be Rookie of the Year Leake, and a guy I had never heard of but Yahoo featured him in an article and every “Rookie Stars” card needs at least one no-name.

Heyward is having a fantastic season so far, which is no surprise to dayf. What is a surprise, at least to me, is Leake’s hot start. I heard on the radio (and everything you hear on the radio is correct </sarcasm>) that he is the first pitcher in major league history to start his first 10 career games without a loss. Any bbref’ers care to figure out if that is actually a correct assertation? 5-0 already, with 6 unfortunate no-decisions, and a fantastic 2.68 ERA…Strasburg has some catching up to do. Yeah, Stephen had a great first game (albeit against the hapless Pirates), and may do great tomorrow (against the just-as-bad-as-the-Pirates Indians; we’ll see how he does when he faces an actual major league team, though), but to start your career in the fashion Leake has is pretty awesome. Out of his 11 starts, 4 have ended in a Reds loss (thanks, bullpen!) and only 1 of those was by more than 1 run.

So which of these players will go on to Cooperstown, and which one will be the most recent Brien Taylor?

Florida Marlins: How much do you care about fans?

I’ve never been a Marlins fan. Or the Rockies, Diamondbacks, or Devil Rays. To me, they are not real teams. Nothing against Floridians, I just hate expansion. I think it has diluted the talent pool and has decreased the quality of play in the major leagues.

But, since they are recognized as a professional baseball team, I sent them a request for a fan pack anyway. And, I have to say, they impressed me. I’m still not a fan, but they’ve got a great fan pack. Check it out…

Ranking the pack:
Pocket schedules: 1 point (Jorge Cantu)
Stickers: 2 (bumper sticker and kids sticker)
Baseball cards: 4 (John Baker, Josh Johnson, Fredi Gonazalez, Jeff Conine)
Other high-quality goodies: 1 (Mike Jacobs tattoo)
Other stuff: 2 (roster printed on 8.5×14 piece of paper and an ad for a Marlins license plate)
Timeliness: 2 (received August 27ish)

Total score for the Marlins: 12

Click here to see the updated chart.

Fun cards, part 6 (new ones, part 4)

I just couldn’t help myself…I made some more fun cards! Mike from Awesomely Bad Wax Packs sent me a couple of cards earlier this week, but I didn’t have anything to send back to him…so I made some fun cards of his current favorites, Anibal Sanchez and James Shields!

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I also made a card for Johan Santana, who was recently traded to the Mets, and Sean Casey, who just signed with the Red Sox.

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Any more suggestions/requests?

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