Thursday, April 29, 2010

1982 Milwaukee Brewers

Here is the only Milwaukee Brewers team to make it to the World Series. Here is a video clip at paying tribute to this team.

Well, the real AL MVP was Robin Yount. Can't say I disagree with that. He was 2nd in the league in batting average and 2nd on the Brewers in RBI. So I will give him the award. This was a monster lineup, arguably the best in the 1980s. It had two hall-of-famers in Yount and Paul Molitor, who led the AL in runs scored. It had three players hit 30+ home runs, which in 1982 was a big deal (Cecil Cooper, Gorman Thomas, Ben Oglivie). It had 4 players with 100+ RBIs (which again was a big deal in 1982) in Cooper, Yount, Thomas, and Oglivie. I give honorable mention to Cecil Cooper who had this line of stats in 1982; .313 (2nd on team), 32 (3rd on team), and 121 (team leader, 2nd in AL to KC's Hal McRae)

Cy Young
Pete Vuckovich was the real AL Cy Young winner. Although argued that he is one of the alltime worst selections for this award, mostly by people who invent new stats, he was the staff ace for the AL pennant winning team. He went 18-6 with a 3.34 ERA, which is not too shabby.

Rookie Of The Year
Not sure what the exact rules are that define a rookie in Major League Baseball, but I will give the award to Kevin Bass for this team, since he saw his first major league action on this team. He was a decent major league outfielder playing until 1995 mostly with the Astros, Giants, and Mets. He split the '82 season between Milwaukee and Houston, as he was traded late in the season to the Astros for hall-of-famer Don Sutton in a typical stretch drive trade where a young player is traded for a veteran player. He only got into 18 games for the Brewers and then 12 more for the Astros in 1982. Unfortunately, there were no Kevin Bass cards in 1982 in any of the sets. His rookie card was actually in the 1979 Topps set as one of the three players on the Brewers Prospects card that year. He didn't appear in another set until 1984.

Interesting non-Topps card
In the 1982 Donruss set, there were a handful of coaches thrown into the set. One of those coaches that got a card was Harvey Kuenn who was the batting coach for the 1981 Brewers. Buck Rodgers started out the 1982 season as the manager, but the '82 Brewers struggled to a 23-24 start and he was replaced as manager by Harvey Kuenn. In the 1982 Donruss set, you are able to get cards of both Rodgers and Kuenn.

__ TO 150 C Ted Simmons MIL
__ TO 675 1B Cecil Cooper MIL
__ TO 613 2B Jim Gantner MIL
__ TO 195 3B Paul Molitor MIL
__ TO 435 SS Robin Yount MIL
__ TO 280 LF Ben Oglivie MIL
__ TO 765 CF Gorman Thomas MIL
__ TO 308 RF Charlie Moore MIL
__ TO 68 DH Roy Howell MIL
__ TO 709 DH Don Money MIL

Starting Pitchers
__ TO 643 SP Pete Vuckovich MIL
__ TO 378 SP Mike Caldwell MIL
__ TO 12 SP Moose Haas MIL
__ TO 487 SP Bob McClure MIL
__ TO 466 SP Randy Lerch MIL

Relief Pitchers
__ TO 585 CL Rollie Fingers MIL
__ TO 221 RP Jim Slaton MIL

RP Dwight Bernard

SP Don Sutton

SP Doc Medich
__ TO 46 RP Jerry Augustine MIL

Other Players
__ FL 140 RF Marshall Edwards MIL
__ TO 408 2B Ed Romero MIL
__ TO 517 RF Mark Brouhard MIL
__ TO 542 C Ned Yost MIL
__ TO 93 DH Larry Hisle MIL
__ TT 89 UT Rob Picciolo MIL

UT Kevin Bass

UT Bob Skube
__ TO 122 RP Jamie Easterly MIL

RP Pete Ladd

RP Chuck Porter

RP Doug Jones

__ DO 232 MG Buck Rodgers MIL
__ DO 578 MG Harvey Kuenn MIL

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

1982 St. Louis Cardinals

Moving on to the actual team checklists, we begin with the 1982 World Series Champion St. Louis Cardinals. I am going to try something a little different with the teams in 1982, I am going to name the MVP, Cy Young, Rookie of the Year, and Most interesting non-Topps card for each team. This will save me from trying to think of something to write about the Indians or Rangers or some other team that was largely uninteresting in 1982.

I am going with Lonnie Smith here. Everybody likes to give credit for acquiring Ozzie Smith as being the final puzzle piece for this title, but Lonnie Smith was acquired in a three team trade in November 1981, and led the entire NL in runs scored, and led the Cardinals in stolen bases and batting average. He was also third on the team in RBI. The Cardinals in 1982 were a team built on speed and Lonnie Smith was the speediest, so I am giving him the MVP title.

Honorable mention goes to George Hendrick who led the team in home runs and RBIs.

Cy Young
I was debating between Joaquin Andujar and Bruce Sutter. Andujar had a much lower ERA and pitched more than twice as many innings, so I am going with him.

Rookie of the Year
No question, Willie McGee. The future MVP and batting champion played his first season as the starting center fielder for a World Series champ. Unfortunately we have to wait until 1983 for McGee cards.

Most interesting non-Topps card
Gene Roof, listed as Phil Roof on his 1982 Donruss card, got the least amount of plate appearances by a non-pitcher for this team. He had cups of coffee with the Cardinals and Expos from 1981-1983. He is currently a coach in the Tigers farm system.

I wonder where Donruss got the idea to put the name "Phil Roof" on this card. Gene's full name isn't even remotely tied to "Phil". There was a Phil Roof who played. Phil Roof is probably the only player to play for both the Milwaukee Braves and the Toronto Blue Jays, so he had a long career, but 1977 was his last season. According to baseball-reference Gene and Phil are related.

Starters (at least 240 PA or majority time playing a position, this eliminates deciding who to list for platoon situations and shows importance of super-subs on teams)
__ TO 447 C Darrell Porter STL
__ TO 210 1B Keith Hernandez STL
__ TO 27 2B Tom Herr STL
__ TO 474 3B Ken Oberkfell STL
__ TT 109 SS Ozzie Smith STL
__ TT 108 LF Lonnie Smith STL

CF Willie McGee
__ TO 420 RF George Hendrick STL
__ TO 574 MI Mike Ramsey STL
__ TO 86 LF Dane Iorg STL

Starting Pitchers (majority of games started and at least 80 IP...this is roughly 10-12 starts at least)
__ TO 533 SP Joaquin Andujar STL
__ TO 775 SP Bob Forsch STL
__ TT 79 SP Steve Mura STL

SP Dave LaPoint

SP John Stuper

Relief Pitchers (at least 48 IP, some starters get listed here occasionally)
__ TO 260 CL Bruce Sutter STL
__ TO 262 RP Doug Bair STL
__ TO 367 RP Jim Kaat STL

RP Jeff Lahti
__ TO 236 RP John Martin STL

Other Players (everybody else, in order of plate appearances and innings pitched)

CF David Green
__ TO 631 C Gene Tenace STL
__ TO 503 3B Julio Gonzalez STL
__ TO 658 OF Tito Landrum STL
__ TO 316 UT Steve Braun STL

C Glenn Brummer
__ TO 604 C Orlando Sanchez STL

IF Kelly Paris
__ DO 615 OF Gene Roof STL
__ TO 135 SP Andy Rincon STL

RP Jeff Keener
__ TO 56 RP Mark Littell STL

RP Eric Rasmussen

__ DO 190 MG Whitey Herzog STL

Monday, April 26, 2010

1982 - Players On New Teams

This is the list of players who switched teams during the offseason between 1981 and 1982 and are shown in the Topps set with their 1981 teams, but have a card in the 1982 Traded set with their new team. There are 89 cards I am putting in the checklist here, which includes hall-of-famer Reggie Jackson's last card with the Yankees, Gaylord Perry's only regular Topps card with the Braves and Ozzie Smith's last card showing him as a Padre.

Jim Kern
This isn't a complete list of players who have cards on teams they didn't play on in 1982. Using former all-star relief pitcher Jim Kern for example, Kern pitched for the Rangers in 1981, so his 1982 Topps regular card shows him with the Rangers. In December of 1981 he was traded to the New York Mets and then in February of 1982 he was traded to the Reds in the deal that sent George Foster to the Mets. He never pitched for the Mets, but got into 50 games with the Reds in 1982 and appears in the traded set with the Reds. In August 1982, he was sent packing again, this time to the White Sox. He got into 13 games late in the season with the White Sox. So in 1982 he had no cards with the White Sox (that I am aware of). I will put his traded card showing him with the Reds in the Reds checklist, but will put his Rangers card in the White Sox checklist.

__ TO 364 OT Doyle Alexander SFG
__ TO 563 OT Ross Baumgarten CHW
__ TO 776 OT Mark Belanger BAL
__ TO 267 OT Kurt Bevacqua PIT
__ TO 374 OT Tim Blackwell CHC
__ TO 430 OT Vida Blue SFG
__ TO 615 OT Bob Boone PHI
__ TO 515 OT Larry Bowa PHI
__ TO 102 OT Dan Briggs MON
__ TO 791 OT Bobby Brown NYY
__ TO 440 OT Jeff Burroughs SEA
__ TO 627 OT Enos Cabell SFG
__ TO 619 OT Bill Campbell BOS
__ TO 48 OT Bobby Castillo LAD
__ TO 303 OT Bill Caudill CHC
__ TO 640 OT Cesar Cedeno HOU
__ TO 595 OT Dave Collins CIN
__ TO 575 OT Al Cowens DET
__ TO 635 OT Ron Davis NYY
__ TO 484 OT Ivan de Jesus CHC
__ TO 564 OT Doug DeCinces BAL
__ TO 258 OT Bo Diaz CLE
__ TO 269 OT Jim Essian CHW
__ TO 328 OT Ed Farmer CHW
__ TO 618 OT Tim Foli PIT
__ TO 134 OT Dan Ford CAL
__ TO 700 OT George Foster CIN
__ TO 24 OT Dave Frost CAL
__ TO 67 OT Rich Gale KCR
__ TO 620 OT Ken Griffey CIN
__ TO 783 OT Greg Harris NYM
__ TO 182 OT Larry Herndon SFG
__ TO 300 OT Reggie Jackson NYY
__ TO 488 OT Ron Jackson DET
__ TO 624 OT Fergie Jenkins TEX
__ TO 13 OT Lamar Johnson CHW
__ TO 670 OT Steve Kemp DET
__ TO 723 OT Junior Kennedy CIN
__ TO 525 OT Ray Knight CIN
__ TO 107 OT Wayne Krenchicki BAL
__ TO 215 OT Mike Krukow CHC
__ TO 233 OT Duane Kuiper CLE
__ TO 294 OT Mike LaCoss CIN
__ TO 493 OT Chet Lemon CHW
__ TO 727 OT Sixto Lezcano STL
__ TO 740 OT Davey Lopes LAD
__ TO 722 OT Jerry Martin SFG
__ TO 594 OT Renie Martin KCR
__ TO 745 OT Bake McBride PHI
__ TO 413 OT Dan Meyer SEA
__ TO 601 OT Sid Monge CLE
__ TO 697 OT John Montefusco ATL
__ TO 384 OT Keith Moreland PHI
__ TO 104 OT Rance Mulliniks KCR
__ TO 641 OT Steve Mura SDP
__ TO 373 OT Gene Nelson NYY
__ TO 327 OT Joe Nolan CIN
__ TO 530 OT Dickie Noles PHI
__ TO 590 OT Al Oliver TEX
__ TO 26 OT Jorge Orta CLE
__ TO 678 OT Tom Paciorek SEA
__ TO 445 OT Larry Parrish MON
__ TO 115 OT Gaylord Perry ATL
__ TO 584 OT Hosken Powell MIN
__ TO 183 OT Mike Proly PHI
__ TO 76 OT Greg Pryor CHW
__ TO 197 OT Shane Rawley SEA
__ TO 529 OT Allen Ripley SFG
__ TO 334 OT Aurelio Rodriguez NYY
__ TO 388 OT Joe Rudi BOS
__ TO 749 OT Bob Shirley STL
__ TO 127 OT Lonnie Smith PHI
__ TO 95 OT Ozzie Smith SDP
__ TO 545 OT Reggie Smtih LAD
__ TO 689 OT Lary Sorensen STL
__ TO 414 OT Elias Sosa MON
__ TO 473 OT Mike Stanton CLE
__ TO 369 OT Champ Summers DET
__ TO 609 OT Rick Sutcliffe LAD
__ TO 792 OT Frank Tanana BOS
__ TO 782 OT Frank Taveras NYM
__ TO 288 OT Garry Templeton STL
__ TO 368 OT Alex Trevino NYM
__ TO 736 OT Jerry Turner CHW
__ TO 387 OT Tom Veryzer CLE
__ TO 154 OT Dennis Werth NYY
__ TO 656 OT Ed Whitson SFG
__ TO 272 OT Bump Wills TEX
__ TO 483 OT Gary Woods HOU