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Baseball Card of the Day: 2013 Allen & Ginter Across the Years R.A. Dickey

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Toronto Blue Jays pitcher R.A. Dickey is celebrating his 40th birthday today, a fact noted on his “Across the Years” insert card from the 2013 Allen & Ginter baseball card set.

Celebrities sharing Dickey’s birthday include actors Bela Lugosi and Winona Ryder, astronomer Edmund Halley, former New York Ranger Mike Gartner and Dan Castellaneta, who is identified as “Homer Simpson’s voice” on the back of the card. Also celebrating a birthday today are current Mets’ pitcher Dana Eveland and former Mets outfielder Karim Garcia.

Dickey became one of my favorite New York Mets players in 2011 and his Cy Young Award-winning performance was the highlight of 2012 for Mets fans. Since being traded to Toronto, Dickey has gone back to being a mid-rotation innings eater rather than a true ace. He finished 2014 with a 14-13 record and a 3.71 ERA in 215.2 innings, very solid numbers.

The Blue Jays could decide to deal Dickey this winter – he’s in the last year of his current contract, which will pay him $12 million in 2015, but the team does hold a $12 million option for 2016. Wherever he ends up, I hope he continues to enjoy success and I will keep rooting for him.

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Eastern League news & notes

It wouldn’t be the off-season without a few minor league baseball teams changing logos, adding mascots, or re-branding themselves in some way.

The former Akron Aeros have shed the moniker they bore for 17 seasons to become the Akron Rubber Ducks in 2014.

“We wanted to do something that was fun and entertaining while honoring the heritage of this great community, ” team owner owner Ken Babby said.

Akron was once known as “The Rubber Capital of the World,” with all of America’s major rubber companies located there in the early 20th century, but I’m not sure where the ducks came from. (Then again, I never knew what an Aero was supposed to be, so from that perspective it’s an improvement.)

I don’t like the new logo – it makes me think “auto racing.”  The old Aeros logo at least did more to suggest it belonged to a baseball team.

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Maikel Franco (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

 

The Altoona Curve announced details of next summer’s two-day 2014 Eastern League All-Star Stop event, which will take place on July 15 & 16, 2014.

The Toronto Blue Jays extended their affiliation agreement with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats through 2016. The two teams have been partners since the 2003 season.

This week, the Trenton Thunder were recognized as Minor League Baseball’s Team of the Year through fan voting conducted on MiLB.com.  They also won an award for Promo of the Year (for the retirement party for Chase, the team’s bat dog) and the Mascot Clip of the Year.

Reading Fightin Phils infielder Maikel Franco was the MiLB.com staff pick as the Breakout Prospect of the Year, and Harrisburg Senators pitcher Richie Mirowski was the fans’ choice for Best Reliever of the Year.

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Photos from a matchup of ex-Mets in Toronto

Traveling correspondent Vinny Haynes (@buhudabear) sent these photos from Saturday’s matchup of ex-Mets at Skydome Rogers Centre.

Mike Pelfrey‘s Minnesota Twins got the better of R.A. Dickey‘s Toronto Blue Jays as he and three relievers combined to pitch a four-hit shutout.

From my point of view, the wrong ex-Met won.

R.A. Dickey pitches at the Rogers Centre on July 6, 2013 (Photo credit: Vinny Haynes)
R.A. Dickey pitches at the Rogers Centre on July 6, 2013 (Photo credit: Vinny Haynes)
Jose Reyes bats at the Rogers Centre on July 6, 2013 (Photo credit: Vinny Haynes)
Jose Reyes bats at the Rogers Centre on July 6, 2013 (Photo credit: Vinny Haynes)
Mike Pelfrey pitches at the Rogers Centre on July 6, 2013 (Photo credit: Vinny Haynes)
Mike Pelfrey pitches at the Rogers Centre on July 6, 2013 (Photo credit: Vinny Haynes)

 

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Jose Reyes’ 2013 Topps baseball card

Jose Reyes' 2013 Topps baseball card
Jose Reyes’ 2013 Topps baseball card

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When I started collecting baseball cards, we had to wait until the “traded” set came out at the end of the season to get baseball cards that shows players with their new teams. (I remember wondering why Jack Clark was a St. Louis Cardinal on all his 1988 baseball cards, even though he played for the Yankees – and by the time he finally had Yankees cards, he had moved on the the San Diego Padres.)

But this is the 21st century, and it’s a whole lot easier to manipulate photos now. So Topps was able to give us a Jose Reyes baseball card showing him as a Blue Jay before he even took the field for them in a spring training game.

I really could have done without the Alex Rodriguez paragraph.