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Who are you rooting for in the ALDS?

BaseballThe American League Division Series games get underway today, and for one of the few times in recent memory both the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox will only be watching on TV. (As a Mets fan, I’ve sadly become used to having to find another team to root for in October.) Continue reading “Who are you rooting for in the ALDS?”

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Autograph of the week: Travis Fryman

Signed Travis Fryman 1995 Leaf Signature Series baseball card from my collection
Signed Travis Fryman 1996 Leaf Signature Series baseball card from my collection

Travis Fryman played in the major leagues for 13 seasons with the Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Indians between 1990 and 2002. He was a five-time All-Star, and won both the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards.

The Tigers drafted Fryman out of high school in 1987 as a shortstop, making him their first-round pick. Four years later, he made his major league debut and finished 6th in the American League Rookie of the Year voting despite playing in just 66 games.

Over the course of his career, Fryman played more games at third base than he did at shortstop. His career batting average was .274, and he hit 223 home runs and had 1,022 RBI.

Since retiring after the 2002 season, Fryman has managed the Mahoning Valley Scrappers in the New York-Penn League and is currently a minor league hitting instructor for the Cleveland Indians.

In 1996, Leaf Signature Series became the first product licensed by Major League Baseball to include an autograph card in every pack. With more than 250 players signing for the set,  you can imagine that most are not greatly valued by collectors today.

Each player had gold, silver and bronze cards, determined by the color of the foil seal at the center of the card. Bronze are the most common, with 3,500 existing for most players. Silver were limited to 1,000 and gold to 500, except for a handful of short-printed cards. You can probably find a bronze version of the Travis Fryman card like I have here for under $5.

(If you’re seeing rounded corners on the scan, it’s an artifact of my blog theme. The Hot Stove Headlines inserts have standard, 90-degree corners.)

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New Mets autograph collection addition: Chico Fernandez

signed Chico Fernandez 1991 Wiz Mets SGA card from my collection

I was able to add another signed card to my Mets autograph collection binder last week. Shortstop Chico Fernandez finished his major league career with the New York Mets in 1963, hitting .200 with one home run and 9 RBI in 58 games. The next spring, the Mets traded Fernandez to the Chicago White Sox for infielder Bobby Smith, who played two years for them.

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Joe Ginsberg 1926-2012

Signed photo of Joe Ginsberg from my collection

The New York Mets family lost another link to the 1962 team on Friday when former catcher Joe Ginsberg passed away at a retirement home in Michigan. He was 86.

Ginsberg spent most of his 13 years in the major leagues with the Detroit Tigers and Baltimore Orioles, but played his last two games for the New York Mets.

NY Baseball History Examiner Nick Diunte recalls more about Ginsberg’s baseball career.

Other former Mets who’ve left us this year include Gary CarterDennis BennettHarry Parker,Hawk TaylorBob Myrick and coach Eddie Yost.