1978 Hostess Manny Sanguillén

I’d learned something new about Manny Sanguillén the moment I Googled him; I hadn’t been aware that there’s an accent on the ‘e’, and I’ve been mispronouncing his name for 35 years. It’s not like I’m alone in this, I’m not sure I’ve ever heard his name pronounced with the accent on the last syllable.  I will try to be better in the future about getting the Latino names right.  Please feel free to chastise me if I don’t.
Manny would’ve been a career Pirate if not for the one year he spent in Oakland. Actually, by the time this Hostess card hit the shelves, he was already back in Pittsburgh.  For someone who’d only played for two teams,  he had an interesting career path.  After the 1976 season, he was traded to Oakland for manager Chuck Tanner.  He played the one season with the A’s, then was traded back to Pittsburgh for Miguel Dilone, Elias Sosa and Mike Edwards.  After five more seasons with the Pirates, he was traded along with Bert Blyleven to Cleveland for four players, and then Sanguillén was released before Spring Training.

Manny was an All-Star in 1971, 1972 and 1975 and was on the World Champions Pirates teams of 1971 and 1979.  He also caught a no-hitter pitched by Bob Moose in 1969, against the “Miracle Mets”.

After Roberto Clemente’s death following the 1972 season, Sanguillén was put into Clemente’s spot in right field, but he didn’t adjust to the outfield and was moved back behind the plate.

Sanguillén currently runs Manny’s BBQ, a concession stand out past the centerfield fence in PNC Park.

Pack Animal: 2012 Topps Series 2

An after-work Target trip lead to an unexpected purchase:

So, wouldya like to see what I got?  Wouldya?  Wouldya?  I’ll admit, I didn’t get any big hits (They were loose packs, maybe the feelers  had already struck).  I was pretty happy with what I did get.  Being Series Two, I got veterans in new uniforms…

…and rookies (Jarrod Parker no hit the Rangers through 8  innings earlier this week, not too shabby)…

…and a Met…

…and an Oriole…

“My name is Yim Yohnson, I work in Wisconsin, I work in a lumbermill there…”

As for inserts, the Walk-Offs and Timeless inserts have been replaced by two new inserts:

You can’t tell from the scan, but this “Cut Above” insert is die-cut, it’s got a sort of jagged cut to it.  I normally don’t go much for die-cuts, but this is a nice-looking card.  I fear that that might be largely due to the sweet photo, because I also got a Mickey Mantle Cut Above insert, and it didn’t have the same effect on  me.  Part of it is because it wasn’t as good of a photo (it looks like a colorized B&W photo), and part is because it’s Mantle, and I’m suffering from a severe case of Mickey Mantle overexposure (i.e. “I’M SICK TO BLOODY DEATH OF MANTLES!”)

The other new insert is Mound Dominance, which isn’t great, but is better than either of the replaced inserts.  It doesn’t scan well;  there’s silver foil on top, and the green strike zone graphic doesn’t GLOW on the card like it does in this scan.

Other highlights of my packs…

Bruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuce!!!!

Bruce Chen is one of the players I collect, so he’s a welcome addition.

I also got a Pirate… Pirates fans, I apologize, you haven’t gotten  much from the Pirates being my “Emergency Backup Team” yet, but the Mets & Orioles have been doing well, and the Pirates… Um, the Pirates…. HEY, LOOK!  IT’S GARRETT JONES!

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My Archives Review: “Meh” …With that out of the way, here are some random 1972’s!

This is Steve Braun’s rookie card; he played 15 years in the majors, was an original Mariner in 1977 and won a World Series with the Cardinals in 1982.

Angel Mangual was 3rd in 1971 Rookie Of The Year Voting behind Bill Parsons and winner Chris Chambliss.  The complete Topps 1971 All-Rookie team:

C – Earl Williams

1B – Chris Chambliss

2B – Doug Griffin

3B – Steve Braun

SS – Chris Speier

OF – Angel Mangual , Bill Buckner , Willie Montanez

RHP – Bill Parsons

LHP – Ross Grimsley

Bill Singer was a 2-time 20 game winner, was an All-Star both times, was  traded with Frank Robinson and Bobby Valentine from the Dodgers to the Angels, and was an original 1977 Blue Jay.

According to billsinger.com, Bill Singer is New York City’s premier woodwind repair artist… but that’s very likely another Bill Singer.

…But he’s repaired for David Sanborn and Michael Brecker!  I’m impressed, anyway.

Travis Buck And I Are Very Excited

I’ve been blogging for about 7 months now, and I’ve only recently figured out how to get an image to show up on blogrolls like JayBee’s Sports Card Blogroll.  I hadn’t been able to figure out how to do it, and had just assumed that it wasn’t a feature that WordPress offered.  Between this and Blogger’s fixing of the issue that crippled JayBee’s “Most Recent Card Posts”, I feel like I’m one of the cool kids now.  Maybe I’ll go and set up a MySpace account!

A week or so ago, when I was doing my Hostess Card Of The Week, I was about to insert an image and I saw a little link which said “Insert As Featured Image”, and I said “Huh… What’s that?”

Maybe it’s a new WordPress feature, maybe it changed when I went to a new theme, maybe I’m just oblivious (which is, after all, my middle name).  Any other WordPressers know anything about this?

Update, Five Minute Later:  It doesn’t look like the Travis Buck image is showing up on blogrolls.  (*sigh*)  Maybe I’m not ready for that MySpace Account after all…

Someone In Oakland Apparently Thinks “A’s” Is Short For “Australians”

2011 Topps Update #US135 - Grant Balfour - Courtesy of CheckOutMyCards.com

2011 Topps Update #US135 – Grant Balfour – Courtesy of CheckOutMyCards.com

Going into the season, the A’s had Australian Grant Balfour (from Sydney) in their bullpen.

Back on April 20th, they claimed pitcher Rich Thompson (Hornsby) on waivers from the Angels.

Two days later, they claimed infielder Luke Hughes (Perth) from the Twins.  At this point I was going to write a post about how the A’s were cornering the market on Australians, but then they designated Thompson for assignment on the 25th, and Hughes on the 30th.  Both ended up being outrighted to AAA Sacramento.

2004 Topps First Year Player Bonus #1 - Travis Blackley - Courtesy of CheckOutMyCards.com

2011 Topps Update #US286 – Rich Thompson – Courtesy of CheckOutMyCards.com

This past Tuesday, the A’s claimed pitcher Travis Blackley (Melbourne) on waivers from the Giants, and they now have at least 4 Australians in their organization.  I wonder if that’s any kind of record.

Let’s see if the A’s try to pick up the Twins’ Liam Hendriks or the Padres’ Josh Spence…

You know, I’d never realized how many current Australian players are pitchers.  After Joe Quinn, who played from 1884 to 1901, there weren’t any Australians in the majors until Craig Shipley and Dave Nilsson, both position players.  After them it was mainly pitchers like Graeme Lloyd, Peter Moylan and Ryan Rowland-Smith with the occasional Trent Durrington or Justin Huber thrown in.

Does anybody collect Australian Major Leaguers?  Seems like a fun (and inexpensive) type of player collection.

2011 Topps Update #US286 - Rich Thompson - Courtesy of CheckOutMyCards.com

2011 Topps Update #US286 – Rich Thompson – Courtesy of CheckOutMyCards.com

2010 Topps Update #US109 - Luke Hughes  RC (Rookie Card) - Courtesy of CheckOutMyCards.com

2010 Topps Update #US109 – Luke Hughes RC (Rookie Card) – Courtesy of CheckOutMyCards.com

1993 Studio #130 - Craig Shipley - Courtesy of CheckOutMyCards.com

1993 Studio #130 – Craig Shipley – Courtesy of CheckOutMyCards.com

1994 Score #284 - Graeme Lloyd - Courtesy of CheckOutMyCards.com

1994 Score #284 – Graeme Lloyd – Courtesy of CheckOutMyCards.com

2011 Topps Update Gold #US45 - Peter Moylan/2011 - Courtesy of CheckOutMyCards.com

2011 Topps Update Gold #US45 – Peter Moylan/2011 – Courtesy of CheckOutMyCards.com

2012 Topps Heritage #89 - Liam Hendriks - Courtesy of CheckOutMyCards.com

2012 Topps Heritage #89 – Liam Hendriks – Courtesy of CheckOutMyCards.com

2012 TSR Custom: Mariners and A’s Open Season In Japan

I think it’s great that MLB teams go to Japan for games, especially when one of those teams is the unofficial MLB team of Japan (thanks to some guy named Suzuki), but I’m not entrhralled with the idea of making the games count in the standings… I don’t disagree to the point of leaving angry rants in the comments section of a Yahoo article (even better if it’s an article about The Hunger Games or Khloe Kardashian), but I don’t see why they feel that having the games count adds something for the Japanese fans.  Look at it from the other side… If the Yomiuri Giants played the Hanshin Tigers in your local ballpark (or, perhaps a better analogy would be Manchester United playing Arsenal), would the fact that the games count in their standings matter to you?  I mean, you’re either going to go or you’re not going to go, regardless of whether the games count.

I guess if the Mariners and A’s are OK with it, then who am I to kvetch?  It’s just something (along with the DH) which will get eliminated when I get named Commissioner of Baseball.

What do you think?  Are you OK with the season starting overseas?

Pointless, random thoughts about the A’s rumored move to San Jose

At this early stage, there’s no reason to ponder the ramifications of an A’s move to San Jose, and yet, here I am, wondering about it.

I wonder if there’s ever been another team in any sport which fought to prevent a rival from moving further away?

Will they become the San Jose Athletics or will they go more generic like “California” or “Golden State”?  Will anyone start calling them the “San Jos-A’s”?  It’s so obvious that people must already be using it.

2010 Topps Pro Debut Roger Kieschnick

And what would happen to the Class A San Jose Giants?  The California League already has a shortage of good markets/ballparks.  If there were any promising markets who’d be willing to build a ballpark, then Bakersfield or High Desert would’ve already jumped on it.  Maybe this would be an added incentive to switch two teams from the California League to the Carolina League, as has been talked about for a number of years.  Perhaps the San Jose A’s and San Jose Giants could co-exist;  such co-existence could conceivably be a condition of relocation.  I have no idea of how close the SJ Giants ballpark is to any proposed major league stadium sites, but the Brooklyn Cyclones and Staten Island Yankees have shown that having both major and minor league teams in the same city is something which can work.

If this went through, the Athletics would be the major league record holder in relocations, at least for the modern era.  I don’t know if any North American major league sports team has moved more that that;  I know the Sacramento Kings had previously been in Kansas City, Cincinnati and Rochester, so there’d at least be a tie for first.  I can’t find any other teams in any sport which moved more than twice.

…and how many times will the Dionne Warwick song “Do You Know The Way To San Jose?” be referenced before the dust settles on all this?

Unrelated note:  Googling the above song to make sure I was right about Dionne Warwick ultimately lead to my finding out that the Naked Eyes song “Always Something There To Remind Me” is a Burt Bacharach / Hal David song which dates back to the early 60’s.  I had no idea.

…but there’s no ‘S’ in ‘Burt Bacharach’!