Saturday, June 30, 2012

2012 Chachi #34 Hector Luna

Hector R. Luna
First Base

Bats: Right  Throws: Right  Height: 6'1"  Weight: 190
Born: February 1, 1980, Monte Cristi, DR
Home: Monte Cristi, DR
Signed: Signed by the Cleveland Indians as an amateur free agent, February 2, 1999
Teams: St. Louis Cardinals 2004-2006, Cleveland Indians 2006, Toronto Blue Jays 2007, Florida Marlins 2010, Phillies 2012
Acquired: Signed as a minor league free agent formerly with the Boston Red Sox organization, January 2, 2012
Contract Status: Signed through the 2012 season

2012 Chachi #33 Jake Diekman

Jacob Tanner Diekman
Relief Pitcher

Bats: Left  Throws: Left  Height: 6'4"  Weight: 200
Born: January 21, 1987, Wymore, NE
Home: Wymore, NE
Drafted: Selected by Phillies in 30th round of June 2007 draft
Teams: Phillies 2012
Acquired: Via draft
Contract Status: Pre-arbitration eligible

Friday, June 29, 2012

Phillies at Marlins: June 29th to July 1st

Marlins Park - Miami, FL
Friday 7:10, Saturday 4:10, Sunday 1:10

Phillies 36-42, 5th Place in the N.L. East, 9 games behind the Nationals
Marlins 35-40, 4th Place in the N.L. East, 8 1/2 games behind the Nationals

Phillies Probables:  Cliff Lee (0-4, 3.72), Cole Hamels (10-3, 3.03), Joe Blanton (7-6, 4.87)
Marlins Probables:  Josh Johnson (4-5, 3.96), Mark Buehrle (6-8, 3.55), Rickey Nolasco (6-6, 4.78)

At the Ballpark:  I'm not sure exactly what this means, but tonight is "Friday Night Live" at Marlins Park and tomorrow afternoon is a "Saturday Spectacular."  Sunday is Military Appreciation Day and the first 5,000 kids will receive a "Stars & Stripes Kids Bucket Cap."

Phillies Leaders
Average:  Carlos Ruiz - .362
Runs:  Hunter Pence - 54
Home Runs:  Hunter Pence - 14 
RBIs:  Hunter Pence - 45
Stolen Bases:  Shane Victorino - 19

Wins:  Cole Hamels - 10
ERA:  Cole Hamels - 3.03
Strikeouts:  Cole Hamels - 106
Saves:  Jonathan Papelbon - 18

Who Wants My Extra eTopps Cards?

2004 eTopps #31
Back in the early 2000s, when I was younger and admittedly more foolish, I thought eTopps was going to be the next big thing.  I anxiously signed up in 2001 for the initial offerings of the new Topps "virtual" baseball cards and I clicked away each time a new Phillies card was offered.  (Here's a little more background on the world of eTopps for the uninitiated.)

Earlier this year, Topps announced it was discontinuing its eTopps line, so I recently took shipment of the two 2011 eTopps Phillies cards I had in my virtual Topps vault.  After requesting shipment of these cards, and paying the shipping and handling charges, I was playing around within my eTopps account when I realized that I had bought two copies of each Phillies eTopps card offered in 2001, 2003 and 2004.

So who wants these cards?  Shipping and handling charges from the eTopps vault is $6.75 for the first card and $1.60 for each additional card.  If you're in need of these cards for your Phillies collection, I'd be happy to order them for you and I could probably even have them shipped directly to your home address.  I'd just ask for some cool Phillies cards (preferably from my want lists) in return or the reimbursement of the shipping costs.

Here's what's currently in my eTopps portfolio, including the number of each card issued:

2003 eTopps #72
2003 eTopps #14 Marlon Byrd/1822
2003 eTopps #56 Vicente Padilla/995
2003 eTopps #72 Pat Burrell/1168
2003 eTopps #106 Randy Wolf/1874
2003 eTopps #107 Kevin Millwood/3000
2003 eTopps #118 Brett Myers/2115

2004 eTopps #31 Jim Thome/1908
2004 eTopps #71 Mike Lieberthal/1479
2004 eTopps #101 Bartolo Colon/1973*
2004 eTopps #102 Phillies Team Card/2500
2004 eTopps Classic #ETC51 Robin Roberts/807

*This was some sort of "bonus" card that I earned.

I also have doubles of the following, already in hand, also available for trade:

2001 eTopps #32 Jimmy Rollins/1307
2001 eTopps #52 Bobby Abreu/677
2001 eTopps #75 Scott Rolen/498
2001 eTopps #130 Pat Burrell/1253

Please e-mail me at Ringo73 at msn dot com if you're interested in expanding your Phillies eTopps collection!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

2012 Chachi #32 Erik Kratz

Erik Floyd Kratz

Bats: Right  Throws: Right  Height: 6'4"  Weight: 255
Born: June 15, 1980, Telford, PA
Home: Harrisonburg, VA
Drafted: Selected by Toronto Blue Jays in 29th round of June 2002 draft
Teams: Pittsburgh Pirates 2010, Phillies 2011-
Acquired: Signed as a minor league free agent formerly with the Pittsburgh Pirates, December 1, 2010
Contract Status: Pre-arbitration eligible

1997 Collector's Choice #15 Scott Rolen

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

2012 Chachi #31 Brian Sanches

Brian Lee Sanches
Relief Pitcher

Bats: Right  Throws: Right  Height: 6'1"  Weight: 191
Born: August 8, 1978, Beaumont, TX
Home: Nederland, TX
Drafted: Selected by Royals in 2nd round of June 1999 draft
Teams: Phillies 2006-2007, Washington Nationals 2008, Florida Marlins 2009-2011, Phillies 2012
Acquired: Signed as a minor league free agent formerly with the Florida Marlins, November 28, 2011
Contract Status: Signed through the 2012 season

2012 Chachi #30 Michael Schwimer

Michael Fredarick Schwimer
Relief Pitcher

Bats: Right  Throws: Right  Height: 6'8"  Weight: 240
Born: February 19, 1986, Fairfax, VA
Home: Alexandria, VA
Drafted: Selected by Phillies in 14th round of June 2008 draft
Teams: Phillies 2011-
Acquired: Via draft
Contract Status: Pre-arbitration eligible

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

2012 Chachi #29 Jose Contreras

Jose Ariel Contreras
Relief Pitcher

Bats: Right  Throws: Right  Height: 6'4"  Weight: 255
Born: December 6, 1971, La Martinas, Cuba
Home: Tampa, FL
Signed: Signed by the New York Yankees as an amateur free agent, February 26, 2003
Teams: New York Yankees 2004, Chicago White Sox 2004-2009, Colorado Rockies 2009, Phillies 2010-
Acquired: Signed as a free agent formerly with the Colorado Rockies, January 28, 2010
Contract Status: Signed through the 2012 season