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Around the MLB Horn 11 March 2011- Bobble-head Edition

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     A new season of professional baseball is here again. The 2011 baseball season will kick off for most as early as April 1st. For me, well, I will be in Oakland California enjoying Opening Day at the Oakland Coliseum.

     When I go to a baseball game to ball hawk I like to hope for the best possible odds. Fighting large crowds of people is always something a Ballhawk has to endure no matter what baseball stadium he/she goes to. We all consider the weather, and most importantly, something that doesn’t always get taken into consideration, is the give-away, and the promotional nights that most Major League teams have at the stadiums. Lets face it. Awesome give-away nights fill seats. Its just the name of the game. But what give-away fills the most seats? What give-away is most desired? What give-away is the most sought-after? When I was a kid it was photo-baseballs, and bat nights that filled the house. Now its that beloved bobble-head figurine!

     Bobble-heads are collectors items. All ages come to the stadiums on bobble-head nights to add to their ever growing collection of unique and rare bobble-heads. I for one am not a collector of those cute little bobble-heads. I have one, and I gave it to my mother. It was the Bret Saberhagen Cy Young Bobble-head that the Royals gave away last season. My mother doesn’t even know what a Cy Young award is let alone who Bret Saberhagen is. But it doesn’t take away from the cute factor of Bret’s little head bobbling around as you walk by him as he’s perched by her jewelry box.

     So in this column for MyGameBalls.com I thought Id put together some Bobble-head history facts, and then list the current bobble-heads that will be given away to fans this year. Depending on who you are knowing this information could either save you a headache of going to the game fighting large crowds to be first in line or create more excitement while shagging baseballs during BP. Either way. Knowing is half the battle.

     Some of the first bobble-heads ever created for the Major Leagues were in the 1960s. These bobble-head dolls were made out of papier-mâché. Each baseball team received these dolls, and they all looked the same minus the uniforms. It wasn’t until the 1960 World Series where player specific dolls were created, and sold during the World Series. Those players were Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays, Roger Maris, and Roberto Clemente. Unfortunately, since the dolls were constructed out of papier-mâché most have not survived.

     From the 60′s to the 90′s the bobble-head went through many dramatic changes. The dolls were constructed out of ceramic after the failed papier-mâché didn’t work out. Unfortunately, the ceramic nodders were expensive to produce, and fans weren’t taking much of an interest. It wasn’t until 1999 when the San Francisco Giants handed out 35,000 Bobble-heads of Willie Mays that really captivated the audience. The new bobble-heads primarily made out of plastic were cheap to construct, and the fans loved them.

     After the year 2000 bobble-heads became such a craze that you could even contact a company to have them customize a bobble-head for you. Bobble-heads became so advanced that they even had matching scars, tattoos, hair color, eye color, and lifelike facial features.

     So here is the 2011 list of bobble-heads that you can get for free during the season. With paid admission of course.

Baltimore Orioles

Buck Showalter June 25th

Brian Matusz August 6th

Arizona Diamondbacks

Racing Gracie ( Mark Grace ) April 28th

Kirk Gibson August 6th

Chris Young August 27th

Fan Voted Bobble-head September 24th

Chicago WhiteSox

Frank Thomas April 12th

Frank Thomas April 29th

Roger Bossard June 12th

Beer Vendor Bobble-head August 4th

Mark Buerhle August 20th

Chicago Cubs

Starlin Castro April 5th

Tyler Colvin April 19th

Geovany Soto July 14th

Cleveland Indians

Mike Hargrove August 13th

Cincinnati Reds

Joey Votto April 30th

Dusty Baker July 12th

Jonny Gomes July 23rd

Kansas City Royals

Willie Wilson June 4th

The Angels of Anaheim

Kendrys Morales May 24th

Dan Haren June 28th

Angels Gnome August 18th

Houston Astros

Michael Bourn April 10th

Hunter Pence April 30th

Chris Johnson May 14th

Bill Brown/Jim Deshaies broadcasters June 11th

Bret Myers July 13th

Los Angeles Dodgers

Clayton Kershaw May 17th

Don Mattingly June 1st

Hong Chih Kuo June 14th

Andre Ethier July 17th

FernandoMania July 26th

Milwaukee Brewers

John Axford April 24th

Casey McGehee May 22nd

Zack Grienke June 12th

Craig Counsell August 14th

Randy Wolf September 25th

Oakland Athletics

Rickey Henderson April 30th

McHammer 80′s theme July 17th

Ray Fosse August 16th

New York Mets

Mr Met April 18th

Seattle Mariners

Felix Hernandez April 9th

Ichiro Suzuki May 6th

Pittsburgh Pirates

Neil Walker May 21st

Texas Rangers

Nelson Cruz June 20th

San Diego Padres

Bud Black May 7th

Toronto Blue Jays

Jose Bautista April 3rd

Roberto Alomar July 31st

San Francisco Giants

Cody Ross June 4th

Aubrey Huff June 25th

Buster Posey July 10th

Tim Lincecum August 27th

Saint Louis Cardinals

Stan Musial April 24th

Matt Holliday August 28th

Washington Nationals

Jayson Werth

Ian Desmond

 

The most expensive bobble-head today is The Beatles Bobble-head, and its priced at $32,000 dollars.

    

 

 

    

Around the MLB Horn 27 Feb 2011

     Spring Training has officially begun! I can not stress how excited I am, and to have been able to listen, and watch most of the games that have been played yesterday, and today. To start things off we should probably talk about some lingering rumors, and some other important issues around the Majors.

    

     As we all know Miguel Cabrera was picked up for a DUI a week or so ago. He made it to the baseball stadium, and offered an apology and asked for forgiveness. He has also been admitted into a MLB provided AA program for his abuse with alcohol. He is also in therapy for his problems at home. With all that in place, Miggy is expected to join the Detroit Tigers on Monday for his spring training debut.

    

     Cincinnati Reds right-hander Edison Volquezl missed the Spring Training opener today due to work visa problems. Volquez is here on a travel visa, and had to be scratched from the starting position due to complications. Manager Dusty Baker has chosen Volquez to be the regular season home opener starter for the Reds.

    

     Chipper Jones didnt think he would be playing this early. With his freshly repaired left knee Jones said he felt pretty good today even though the Braves took a 5-4 loss to the Mets. Jones went 1-3 with a strikeout, a single, and a flyout. ” I got to do everything I wanted to do, with the exception of maybe going from first to third or scoring from second or something.” Jones said. Last Thursday Jones was concerned how many games he was going to miss when fluid started building around the knee. He aims to play in at least 130 games this season. “All my bad days are followed by good days.” Jones concluded.

    

      Philidelphia Phillies slugger Chase Utley has some concerns of his own right now. After a recent MRI it is concluded that he has tendinitis in his right knee. Although surgery has not been suggested or discussed, Utley hopes this problem will be long forgotten when opening day is here. Utley has claimed he has had tendinitis in his knee before, and it usually goes away, and doesnt stop progress. But as of late he has felt some soreness, and stiffness in that right knee. “Id rather miss some games here than miss games during the season. Its something Ive dealt with before. Its probably something im going to have to continue to maintain and keep an eye on.” Utley said.

    

     Hall of Fame journalist Hal McCoy of the Dayton Daily News ended up rewritting, and regretting his story he made of Jonny Gomes of the Cincinnati Reds. Claiming that Gomes was outright celebrating the recent news of St Louis Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright being out for the season after feeling discomfort his in elbow during practice last week. Concluding that Wainwright would be out for the 2011 season for Tommy John surgery was a major blow to the St Louis Cardinals, and not something to celebrate but it does put the other remaining teams in the NL Central on the forefront of the division in this years pennant race. “I am a major believer in karma.” Gomes said. “Your reputation is just as big as your performance on the field,” Gomes explained. Gomes didnt exactly have an easy childhood, and Gomes has even lost his best friend, Adam Westcott in a traffic accident. He isnt one to wish misfortune on anyone. Even surviving a heart attack when he was 22 years old has helped put a lot of things in perspective for him. Gomes says he was simply asking ” Is WainWright gone?” when the news started circulating the clubhouse after the news came down from former Reds pitcher Rob Dibble. Everyone makes mistakes. Even writers.

    

     Koby Clemens, son of Rogers Clemens, went 3-3 today with a home run as his team won in an intrasquad game today. Clemens went on to win MVP in the Astros intrasquad game. How about that. Young Clemens. Stay off the juice, son!

 

BOX SCORES

 

NYY 7

PHI 3 F

 

NYM 5

ATL 4 F

 

TB 3

PIT 10 F

 

TOR 0

DET 1 F

 

LAA 0

LAD 5 F

 

 

CIN 7

CLE 6 F

 

KC 4

TEX 2 F

 

OAK 15

CHC 7 F

 

SD 12

SEA 13 F/10

 

SF 3

ARI 4 F

 

BOS 4

MIN 8 F

Around the MLB Horn 20 Jan 2011

     When was the last time the Toronto Blue Jays were in the news? Its been awhile. But recent talks of the Jays trying resign Jose Bautista has been nothing short of a headache. Bautista stormed the 2010 season by breaking the single season franchise record with 50+ home runs. Bautista made a ******** $2.4 million dollars last season, and now is looking for quite a pay raise. Unfortunatly the Jays have countered his $10.5 million dollar offer with a $7.6 million dollar offer. Bautista is due to go into arbitration in about a month. The nearly $3 million dollar difference is the second largest gap in the Major Leagues. Only Josh Hamiliton has the largest salary gap involving arbitration at $3.3 million dollars.

 

     Alex Anthopoulos has claimed that talks with Jose Bautista have been going well, and even though they havent came to a salary agreement, Anthopoulos is confident that something will happen prior to this going into arbitration. Whatever his strategy is, Anthopoulos doesnt plan on tipping his hand to the public anytime soon.

 

     Remember Armando Galarraga? Remember Jim Joyce blowing the final out call that stole Armando Galarragas no-hitter away? Well, now the Detroit Tigers are looking to trade Galarraga away. Although the Tigers are still on the hook for Galarragas full salary if he clears waivers and they outright him to Triple-A Toledo next week. The Tigers are looking to fill their back end rotation with a stronger fifth starter which prompted to trade Gallaragga away.

 

     More talk on Albert Pujols. Now sources are saying that the Florida Marlins are going to chase him if Pujols reaches free agency. The Marlins are moving into a new stadium for the 2012 season, and having Pujols on the team would make a great welcome gift to the fans. Not only that but when the Marlins get a new stadium that means the payroll increases for the Marlins which in essence would allow them to afford Pujols. The Marlins management have stated that they dont want to sign Pujols if they cant surround him with support like the Rangers did years ago with Alex Rodriguez. Albert Pujols hs kept the talk rumors to a minimum of what he wants to do. Whether he wants to stay in St Louis or seek employment elsewhere. But the Cardinals are on a deadline. Pujols wants to focus on baseball, and not contracts when spring training starts. So the days are numbered for the Cardinals.

 

     Carl Pavano will be staying in Minnesota for the next two years. He will be pulling down $16.5 million for the two seasons, and that puts a big smile on Manager Ron Gardenhires face. ” He gave me an ulcer by not signing earlier.” Gardenhire said with a laugh. ” I had a big interest about what was going on with the team, too.” Pavano said during a conference call. ” Its not just about me.” He added.

 

     The Minnesota Twins 2011 Winter Caravan has already kicked off, and Manageer Ron Gardenhire is onboard for the first leg. Gardenhire can expect many questions regarding Pavano during the 51st annual Winter Caravan but the skipper was confident that something wouldve worked out this week.

 

     Jose Reyes of the New York Mets has been talking about wanting a long term contract but wants to get it done before spring training starts. ” I dont want to talk about my contract during the season.” Reyes said Wednesday during a kids charity event. ” I want to focus on doing my thing, trying to help this team win a lot of ballgames.” Understandably so but with injury-plagued seasons in the past Reyes may be forced to take less money with an extension before he goes into free agency for the first time in his career. ” The last two years have been a little rough for me and tough, because I wasnt able to stay healthy on the field,” Reyes said. ” This year is different. I feel good. I feel 100 percent.”

 

Until next time…

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