St. Louis Cardinals memorabilia fans, particularly Albert Pujols memorabilia fans, will be pleased to hear that Pujols hit his 400th career home run. The 30 year-old is the 47th major league player to accomplish the milestone. It was also his 34th home run of the season and 10th in 21 games this month. It was a rough game for the Cardinals and the Washington Nationals, but the Nats managed to secure the victory in the end 11-10. Fans can find a great collection of Albert Pujols autographed baseballs for their collections.
Archive for August, 2010
Those who collect Johnny Damon memorabilia may have heard that the outfielder has decided to continue playing with the Detroit Tigers. Recently, the Boston Red Sox made an offer for Damon to return. Having helped the Red Sox win the World Series Championship in 2004, the 36 year-old had become popular in Boston. But when he joined the New York Yankees two years later, he lost many fans. Damon’s decision was a difficult one because he was happy being in Detroit with the Tigers. However, the decision has been made so Tigers memorabilia fans may be pleased to know that Damon will not be leaving anytime soon. There is a large collection on Johnny Damon autographed baseballs on the market for his fans.
Those who collect Chicago Cubs memorabilia may be saddened to know that manager Lou Piniella has retired. For a while he had plans to retire at the end of the season but recently made the decision to spend time at home with his ill mother. The 66 year-old announced his retirement right before a recent Cubs-Atlanta game, and many Cubs fans applauded him during the game. Having played in the major league for 18 years and managed for 23 years, Piniella is a time-honored veteran of baseball. It was clear that he was emotional about retiring. His overall record as a manager is 1,835-1,713, which trails only Tony La Russa, Bobby Cox, and Joe Torre among active managers. For fans of Piniella, there is a large selection of Lou Piniella memorabilia, particularly Lou Piniella autographed baseballs, currently available on the market.
Fans of St. Louis Cardinals memorabilia may be pleased to hear that the Cardinals have recently signed Pedro Feliz, a veteran third baseman from the Houston Astros. Minor League pitcher David Carpenter will be traded in exchange. Another result of this trade is that Jason LaRue, catcher for the Cardinals, has been placed on the 60-day DL after sustaining a concussion last week. Those who collect Pedro Feliz autographed baseball jerseys may be aware of the 35 year-old’s talent on the field. A starter on the Phillies’ World Series championship team in 2008, Feliz has the second-best fielding percentage among third basemen since 2007. He has played for 11 seasons and has a .288 batting average. As playoff season approaches, it will be interesting to see how he impacts the Cardinals.
Fans of Washington Nationals memorabilia may be delighted to hear that seconds before the deadline, a deal was reached with the 2010 top pick Bryce Harper. As a position player signed out of the draft and not have been a free agent, the 17 year-old’s deal of $9.9 million for five years is a record. The Nationals plan for him to go to their rookie-level Gulf Coast League team. Harper is a power-hitting catcher, but the Nationals hope to convert him to an outfielder. Those who collect Stephen Strasburg autographed baseballs are well aware that the talented pitcher was the top pick in 2009. It will be interesting to see how Harper performs in the major league, knowing that he was been speculated to be the next big thing in baseball.
Fans of Atlanta Braves memorabilia, particularly Chipper Jones memorabilia, were dealt a blow when Chipper Jones sustained a knee injury that will require surgery. The 38 year-old third baseman will be out for the rest of the season, which will be a great loss for the Braves as they head into playoff season. Although he has considered retiring after this season, Jones is still undecided about whether or not he will undergo rehabilitation to play next season. The five-time All-Star has played for the Braves for his entire career, and it will be difficult to replace him. A great selection of Chipper Jones autographed baseballs are available.
Washington Nationals memorabilia fans have been anxious to see how rookie pitcher Stephen Strasburg performs in his first start coming off of the disabled list. His last game on July 21, Strasburg gave up six runs and six hits in about four innings. Furthermore, he only struck out four batters. The Florida Marlins ended up taking the victory 8-2. It will be interesting to see how Strasburg progresses from here. Fans can find a large collection of autographed baseballs from their favorite major league players.
Those who collect New York Yankees memorabilia will be pleased to hear that on August 8, Derek Jeter reached a milestone when he passed Babe Ruth in career hits with number 2,874. It happened in the second inning in a game against the Boston Red Sox on Yankees’ turf. Jeter then got hit number 2,875 in the fifth inning. Fans of Derek Jeter memorabilia may be interested to know that until a few days ago, Jeter did not know that he was approaching Ruth in career hits. There is a great collection of Derek Jeter signed bats and Derek Jeter signed baseballs for all his fans.
Those who collect New York Mets memorabilia were in for a real treat at the Mets Hall of Fame luncheon. New Mets Hall of Fame inductees Dwight Gooden, Darryl Strawberry, Davey Johnson and Frank Cashen were in attendance. Past Mets Hall of Famers Bud Harrelson, Keith Hernandez, Rusty Staub and Mookie Wilson were also at the alumni event. Fans were able to meet and get autographs and photos with some of the greatest players in Mets history. Not only did they leave with Darryl Strawberry memorabilia, Dwight Gooden memorabilia, and Keith Hernandez memorabilia, but they also left with some special memories.
Fans of Milwaukee Brewers memorabilia and Corey Hart autographed baseballs may be pleased to hear that they have agreed to a $26.5 million, 3-year contract extension through 2013. Hart, 28, has been the subject of trade rumors but has said that he wanted to stay in Milwaukee long term. This season, the outfielder has clearly rebounded, with a place in the All-Star game as a side effect. It will be interesting to see if his performance remains consistent in the future.