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Fun cards: 2022 TWJ “One n’ Done”

Thirteen former big leaguers appeared on the Hall of Fame ballot for the first time in 2022. One was elected, two received enough votes to stay on the ballot for next year. What about the other ten players?

This “fun cards” set is dedicated to those guys who appeared on the ballot, but did not receive 5% of the vote for a second year.

A.J. Pierzynski, Carl Crawford, Jake Peavy, Joe Nathan, Jonathan Papelbon, Justin Morneau, Mark Teixeira, Prince Fielder, Ryan Howard, and Tim Lincecum all had fine careers, but all received less than 5% of the vote.

AJ Pierzynski Chicago White Sox

Carl Crawford Tampa Bay Rays

Jake Peavy San Diego Padres

Joe Nathan Minnesota Twins

Jonathan Papelbon Washington Nationals

Justin Morneau Minnesota Twins

Mark Teixeira New York Yankees

Prince Fielder Milwaukee Brewers

Ryan Howard Philadelphia Phillies

Tim Lincecum San Francisco Giants


The Prince of Texas

Seriously, did anyone see that one coming?


Prince Fielder, slugger extraordinaire, is now a member of the Texas Rangers. Ian Kinsler, one of the most underrated second basemen in the majors, is headed to the Motor City. Jurickson Profar is the likely replacement for Kinsler (unless they pull off another major deal and sign Robinson Cano), while Miguel Cabrera will probably move from third base back to first in Detroit.

What do you think? Did Texas get a steal, or will Kinsler prove to be more valuable to the Tigers than Prince was?

I can’t wait to see The Shlabotnik Report‘s “Hot Stove” customs of Fielder and Kinsler.

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Fun Cards: 1987 Topps Prince Fielder (inspired by @OMGreds …blame them!!!)

The Tweet that inspired it:

Yes, those uniforms bring back memories of the 1980s for me, too. To be truthful, I would like to see the Brew Crew wear these unis all the time…and I would like to see Prince Fielder and his teammates back in the American League.

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Working on 2008 Topps

I’ve just posted my list of needs and doubles from 2008 Topps…please check it out and let me know if you can assist me in completing Series 1.

In addition to several base doubles, I have some insert doubles that I am willing to trade. Those are also included on that page, but decided to scan them as well in case you were unfamiliar with any of them. You can click on a thumbnail for a larger image.

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I’m going to head over to The Bench also, since I’ve heard so many good things about those forums, and the Bad Wax forums, so if you want any of these cards (or any of the other doubles I have listed on my “Sets In Progress” page) then please contact me ASAP.


Cry me a river!

Prince Fielder is a very good baseball player. 50 homers and 119 ribbies last year for the Brew Crew, and a respectable .288 average (extra respectable for a power hitter). He finished third in NL MVP voting. Pretty good for a third-year player. And I can’t stand the guy already.

Why? Because of this headline: Brewers slugger Prince Fielder unhappy about contract. You know what? Too bad. Cry me a river. You signed it, now live up to your end of the deal. I’m sick of all these crybaby rich kids who think they are entitled to more money regardless of their contract.

What is a contract? It is a binding agreement. Both sides have to agree and then fulfill their end. If a player has a bad season and the team decides they don’t want to pay as much on the last three years of the contract, the union would be raising all kinds of heck. You can’t do that. You can renegotiate, but the player would have to agree to the new terms. Or you could trade the player to another team, make them pay their salary. But you can’t just arbitrarily say, “We’re not going to pay you that much.”

And players shouldn’t be able to say, “I won’t play unless you give me more money.” Fielder is not threatening to do that, but it’s stupid…that’s right…STUPID to go public with his whining. No one likes a whiner. The guy needs to grow up, shut up, and do the responsible thing–play out his contract.

Am I making too much of this?