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Our second Met in Cooperstown

Piazza-20160106_195946Last night, the Baseball Hall of Fame announced that Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza would be inducted this summer as the Class of 2016.

Griffey set a new record, appearing on 437 of the 440 ballots cast. (The old record was held by Tom Seaver – our first Mets representative in Cooperstown – who received 98.84 percent of the vote in 1992.)

It took four years, but Piazza finally crossed the 75 percent threshold in this year’s election. And while I can’t figure out how a man who’s been retired from baseball since 2007 managed to do anything that “made him a Hall of Famer” since the last election, I’d rather celebrate the voters getting something right.

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A few more 2015 baseball cards

I picked up a few more packs of 2015 Topps baseball cards today – I didn’t want to let the coupon from my Target “value box” go to waste. Since I think everybody’s either well on their way to collecting whatever part of the set appeals to them (or doesn’t care about it at all), I’ll stick to the highlights.

Zack-Wheelr Bartolo-Colon

I found two more Mets for my team set (only eight more to go, and I think a few of those are in the mail to me.)

Zack-Wheeler-b Bartolo-Colon-b

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Tuesday morning roundup: Ronny Paulino, Jack Wilson & Hiroyuki Nakajima

The Mets offseason hasn’t been filled with a lot of activity, but SNY’s Ted Berg notes that the hot stove season has been off to a slow start throughout baseball.

Ronny Paulino
Could Ronny Paulino be done as a Met? (Photo credit: slgckgc)

New York has been linked to two shortstops – Jack Wilson‘s agent Page Odle told New York Post reporter Mark Hale that the Mets have expressed interest in his client, though there’s been no offer submission. Meanwhile, there’s a Sanspo article that I can’t read that mentions the Mets in connection with Seibu Lions shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima, according to Yakyu Baka.

Wilson still has a decent glove, but his bat will probably make us remember Alex Cora if he ends up signing with the Mets. Nakajima is a bigger mystery with a significant potential upside. On the other hand, the Mets have not had a lot of luck with signing players from Japan… remember Kazuo Matsui? (Interesting note: Nakajima succeeded Matsui as Seibu’s shortstop when Matsui signed with the Mets.)

Finally, New York Daily News reporter Andy Martino notes that a certain faction in the Mets’ hierarchy is unhappy with Ronny Paulino and might look to make a change this winter. If they plan to do so, they should show a bit more urgency – catching is thin throughout baseball and that’s the one position that’s seen some early free agent signings.

In other news, Topps signed former Seattle Mariners and Cincinnati Reds outfielder Ken Griffey Jr. to an autograph deal to sign baseball cards for its 2012 products, Beckett Media reports. Griffey had been strongly identified with Upper Deck, having served as a spokesman for the company.

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1995 Donruss Studio

Mario over at Wax Heaven spotlighted the 1995 Donruss Studio release last month, and helpfully (?) pointed out an eBay auction for four unopened packs. I won the lot for less than $1 (though I spent more than that for shipping, lol ) and they arrived today.

Each pack contains five cards – four silver cards printed on standard cardstock, and one insert card printed on credit card-style plastic. Which makes sense – the card design was meant to resemble a credit card. (I think it would actually be kind of neat if somebody resurrected this idea for an insert set.)

There are 200 cards in the base set, and 50 cards in the insert set – which come in gold and platinum versions. Sometime I’ll have to figure out the Mets team set checklist.


Without further ado, let’s see what I got.

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