Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Tribe - Solving racial backlash



I've been reading a lot of information, posts, litigation, etc lately regarding the use of the term "Indians" and, specifically, the Chief Wahoo logo. I admit, my position has changed a bit on the subject.  A quick aside: how is it that the Indian Motorcycle Company (now part of Polaris) isn't having their pants sued off by Native Americans? Their logo, insignia, and the naming of their models (Chieftain, ex) would fall as fair fodder for litigation, I would submit.

It is no secret: I don't like the Block C concept. But, I admit that I only hate it because it represents, today, the blatant removal of the Chief Wahoo logo. That said, here are my thoughts in terms of getting rid of Chief Wahoo and the Indians name:

Rename the team to "The Tribe." Use the Block C logo. Alternately, use a "T" logo. Allow me to elaborate.

A "Tribe" is simply a group of things, people, etc. It is not specific to any culture, race, religion, etc. According to at least one definition, a tribe is: "a social division in a traditional society consisting of families or communities linked by social, economic, religious, or blood ties, with a common culture and dialect, typically having a recognized leader."

That describes a baseball team in more ways than one. Plus, the organization has been using the "Tribe" moniker for decades. It is already a part of the team's culture. Heck, look at the name of my own site!

Problem solved.

Now, the logo. The Philadelphia Phillies have a "P." The Reds have a stylized "C." We have the Nationals, the Rangers... The Athletics have been using the script "A" since its inception in 1901. Granted, the letter was emblazoned on a white elephant as something of a ruse, but it seemed to have worked for them. (http://oakland.athletics.mlb.com/oak/history/uniforms_logos.jsp

The Tribe could simply do the same thing. I know, I know, we Cleveland fans hate the Block C. But, I think that's mainly because we are accustomed to seeing the Chief Wahoo logo. I think we could get used to the Block C. Alternately, we find either a Block T.  Heck, we could even use some kind of stylized C and/or T as the logo.

As an aside (yes, I digress. Often.), the Braves can simply change their logo and they would be fine. After all, are we not the "Home of the Brave" according to our own National Anthem!? So, ditch the tomahawk and find some other logo that represents "brave."

One suggestion was that Cleveland rename their team as "The Coasters" (or similar) since they are within proximity of Cedar Point, the supposed roller coaster capital of the US (the world? I dunno.). I think that is an awful idea. Given much of the history of the team, the logo, and team name for that matter, would end up as a caricature version of a coffee table coaster. One person already made a shirt for it... http://skreened.com/forwardprogresstees/cleveland-coasters-baseball-team-logo-tee/

Let's dump the stereotypical Native American logo, put the past behind us, and change the team name one more time. After all, it won't be the first time... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cleveland_Indians#Cleveland_baseball_prior_to_the_Indians_franchise

Monday, July 21, 2014

#PackADailyCircus - Shooting for a Perfect Pack

Hey everyone! Hope you all had a great Monday! Tonight, I am opening a pack of 2012 Gypsy Queen:

Melky Cabrera - Giants - Jennings (Wahoo!!)
Lance Berkman - Cardinals - RJBreezes (Wahoo!!)
Jaime Garcia - Cardinals - Wilsons (Wahoo!!)
Jesus Guzman - Padres - Free Agent
Starlin Castro Mini - Cubs - Pedersejs (Wahoo!!)
Willie Mays Hallmark Heroes - Giants - StealingHomes (Wahoo!!)

One hit away from a perfect pack (er, instead of "hitting for the cycle," I've decided that a pack in which all the cards go to managers should be a "perfect pack.").  Congrats to everyone tonight! The Willie Mays is a great bit of cardboard!


Sunday, July 20, 2014

#PackADailyCircus - A crazy, fun draft

Hello, everyone! This week's draft was a bit crazy! We had 135 or so players up for grabs. A couple managers decided to go for every single player available. That made for some fun drafting there at the end.

I am also looking into an access-based system to help me run these drafts. I have a large chunk of it by using a modified version of a football draft database developed by MattaBase (mattabase.com) and have contacted him for some additional thoughts/input. Though, once I start messing with the system, I'll probably figure out what I need before he has a chance to respond.

In any case, I am still using the Excel/by-hand method. Here is how it went down:

 The managers were put into the randomizer:


Then, after everything was said and done, we have our player assignments.  NO ONE got shut out! I was actually surprised because many folks only submitted a handful of players or so. Remember, the more names submitted, the better chance of getting players. Of course, being an Indians collector, I understand that picking card for the sake of picking cards is not always the best way to add to one's personal collection. Even I am guilty this round of picking players that USED to be Indians and I picked Ian Desmond. I was shocked when I landed him! That will go into my "Non-Tribers" collection.

I hope you can make things out after clicking on the image below. I had it shrunk down in Excel so I could see everything during the draft, then promptly forgot to enlarge it when I took the snapshot.


One of the coolest requests was one in which the manager just wanted ONE of the blue border cards. He said, "I am just going after a blue card here." As it turns out, he did not get any blue cards, but had he pulled one, I would have removed the rest of the blue cards from his list and moved forward from there. In fact, had he swapped his first-round pick and his second-round pick, he would have ended up with a blue card! Man, the draft can be such a witch sometimes! I ran into that with Pat Tabler. Ah, such is the way of baseball...

It will take me a little while (couple days, working off-and-on as I can) to get these posted to our respective teams.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

#PackADailyCircus - Super-sized Saturday Stadium Club

Good morning, everyone! I woke up this morning and decided it was time to throw down the gauntlet of wax. What does that mean? It means I am busting open all the remaining packs of 1992 Stadium Club I have just for the fun of it. Since there are so many packs, I will post scans throughout the break rather than dumping them all at the end. Some free agents may be in the current draft and will be delegated to their respective managers once I run the draft. Let's get rolling:

1992 Stadium Club (14 packs!):

Gene Larkin - Twins - Dawgbones (Wahoo!!)
Scott Lewis - Angels - Wilsons (Wahoo!!)
Mark Grace - Cubs - Jafronius (Wahoo!!)
Mike Flanagan - Orioles - Free Agent
Jesse Barfield - Yankees - Kazis (Wahoo!!)
Vince Coleman - Mets - Maddings (Wahoo!!)
Henry Cotto - Mariners - Free Agent
Kevin Seitzer - Royals - Quarrys (Wahoo!!)
Carney Lansford - A's - ScottCrawfordOnCards (Wahoo!!)
John Cerutti - Tigers - Kazis (Wahoo!!)
Dick Schofield - Angels - Free Agent
Derrick May - Cubs - Free Agent
Shawn Hillegas - Angels - Free Agent
Tom Pagnozzi - Cardinals - Free Agent
Ken Hill - Cardinals - Free Agent
Joe Girardi - Cubs - Quarrys (Wahoo!!)
Scott Bailes - Angels - Free Agent
Tim Hulett - Orioles - Free Agent
Jeff Treadway - Braves - CaptainCanucks (Wahoo!!)
Willie Fraser - Cardinals - Free Agent
John Kruk - Phillies - JediJeffs (Wahoo!!)
Pat Borders - Blue Jays - Kazis (Wahoo!!)
Todd Van Poppel - A's - DiamondKings (Wahoo!!)
Mike Gallego - A's - ScottCrawfordOnCards (Wahoo!!)
Al Leiter - Blue Jays - ScottCrawfordOnCards (Wahoo!! Back-to-Back!)
Joe Orsulak - Orioles - Free Agent
Orlando Merced - Pirates - Free Agent
Chili Davis - Twins - Free Agent
Dave Cochrane - Mariners - Free Agent
Rich Gedman - Cardinals - Free Agent
Walt Weiss - A's - Quarrys (Wahoo!!)
John Burkett - Giants - Arpsmiths (Wahoo!!)
Jeff Montgomery - Royals - JoshDs (Wahoo!!)
Brent Mayne - Royals - Free Agent
Scott Bradley - Mariners - Free Agent
Barry Larkin - Reds - NachosGrandes (Wahoo!!)
Calvin jones - Mariners - Free Agent
Milt Cuyler - Tigers - Free Agent
Willie McGee - Giants - Maddings (Wahoo!!)
Dave Valle - Mariners - Free Agent
Dave Righetti - Giants - Free Agent
Mike Heath - Braves - Free Agent
Eric King - Indians (Wahoo!) - Free Agent
Jeff Gray - Red Sox - Free Agent
Tim Spehr - Royals - Free Agent
Craig Grebeck - White Sox - Free Agent
Francisco de la Rosa - Orioles - Free Agent
Mike Flanagan - Orioles - Free Agent
Mark Grace - Cubs - Jafronius (Wahoo!!)
Ricky Bones - Padres - Hadsalls (Wahoo!!)
Checklist 101-200
Larry Anderson - Padres - Free Agent
Dan Gakeler - Tigers - Dawgbones (Wahoo!!)
Rob Deer - Tigers - JediJeffs (Wahoo!!)
Jose Guzman - Rangers - Chonks (Wahoo!!)
Ryan Bowen - Astros - Chonks (Wahoo!! Back-to-Back!!)
Reggie Harris - A's - Dayfs (Wahoo!!)
Danny Tartabull - Royals - JoshDs (Wahoo!!)
Andy Van Slyke - Pirates - Thorzuls (Wahoo!!)
Paul Gibson - Tigers - PlayAtThePlates (Wahoo!!)
Mickey Tettleton - Tigers - Free Agent
Dale Murphy - Phillies - Dayfs (Wahoo!!)
Doug Drabek - Pirates - Free Agent
Brauilo Castillo - Phillies - Free Agent
Kevin Reimer - Rangers - PlayAtThePlates (Wahoo!!)
Shane Mack - Twins - BackstopCards (Wahoo!!)
Bernard Gilkey - Cardinals - Maddings (Wahoo!!)
Kevin Brown - Brewers - GCRLs (Wahoo!!)
Candy Maldonado - Blue Jays - Arpsmiths (Wahoo!!)
Terry Steinbach - A's - Tribecards (Wahoo!!)
Stan Royer - Cardinals - Free Agent
Mike Jeffcoat - Rangers - Free Agent
Checklist - 201-300
Tommy Gregg - Braves - Free Agent
Brian Bohanon - Rangers - Free Agent
Darren Holmes - Brewers - Free Agent
Ozzie Guillen - White Sox - BackstopCards (Wahoo!!)
Junior Felix - Angels - Free Agent
Mike Devereaux - Orioles - Free Agent
Dave Righetti - Giants - Free Agent
Franklin stubbs - Brewers - Free Agent
John Burkett - Giants - Arpsmiths (Wahoo!!)
Jeff Montgomery - Royals - JoshDs (Wahoo!!)
Brent Mayne - Royals - Free Agent
Scott Bradley - Mariners - Free Agent
Barry Larkin - Reds - NachosGrandes (Wahoo!!)
Calvin Jones - Mariners - Free Agent
Milt Cuyler - Tigers - Free Agent
Willie McGee - Giants - Maddings (Wahoo!!)
Dave Valle - Mariners - Free Agent
Stan Javier - Dodgers - Free Agent
Kevin Bass - Giants - Free Agent
Franklin Stubbs - Brewers - Free Agent
Ramon Martinez - Dodgers - Free Agent
Bud Black - Giants - BackstopCards (Wahoo!!)
Wally Joyner - Angels - JoshDs (Wahoo!!)
Paul O'Neill - Reds - ScottCrawfordOnCards (Wahoo!!)
Rich Monteleone - Yankees - Free Agent
Dave Stieb - Blue Jays - Kazis (Wahoo!!)
Eric Yelding - Astros - Free Agent
Lenny Webster - Twins - Free Agent
Charlie O'Brien - Mets - Free Agent
Ken Patterson - White Sox - Free Agent
Juan Samuel - Dodgers - Free Agent
Mark Whiten - Indians (Wahoo!) - Free Agent
Jamie Quirk - A's - JoshDs (Wahoo!!)
Mark Wohlers - Braves - CaptainCanucks (Wahoo!!)
Dante Bichette - Brewers - Quarrys (Wahoo!!)
Jeff Russell - Rangers - PlayAtTheplates (Wahoo!!)
Devon White - Blue Jays - Kazis (Wahoo!!)
Mike Sharperson - Dodgers - GCRL (Wahoo!!)
Tony Fernandez - Padres - Kazis (Wahoo!!)
Trevor Wilson - Giants - BackstopCards (Wahoo!!)
Geno Petralli - Rangers - PlayAtThePlates (Wahoo!!)
Kirt Manwaring - Giants - Arpsmiths (Wahoo!!)
Jim Leyritz - Yankees - Free Agent
Bob Scanlan - Cubs - Free Agent
Mike LaValliere - Pirates - Free Agent
Brian McRae - Royals - Free Agent
Luis Rivera - Red Sox - Free Agent
Mike Simms - Astros - Free Agent
Erik Hanson - Mariners - Otakus (Wahoo!!)
Greg Harris - Padres - Free Agent
Bobby Rose - Angels - GCRLs (Wahoo!!)
Benny Santiago - Padres - BackstopCards (Wahoo!!)
Luis Alicea - Cardinals - Free Agent
Mackey Sasser - Mets - Free Agent
Lonnie Smith - Braves - Free Agent
B J Surhoff - Brewers - Thorzuls (Wahoo!!)
Juan Gonzalez - Rangers - PlayAtThePlates (Wahoo!!)
Bob Tewksbury - Cardinals - Maddings (Wahoo!!)
Kevin Elster - Mets - Hadsalls (Wahoo!!)
Luis Gonzalez - Astros - GoBlues (Wahoo!!)
Jeff King - Pirates - Free Agent
Steve Olin - Indians (Wahoo!) - Free Agent
Gilberto Reyes - Expos - Free Agent
Marvin Freeman - Braves - Free Agent
Mel Hall - Yankees - Free Agent
Casey Candaele - Astros - Free Agent
Dann Bilardello - Padres - Free Agent
Kevin Maas - Yankees - Free Agent
Dennis Eckersley - Athletics - Jafronius (Wahoo!!)
Kent Mercker - Bravers - Free Agent
Scott Hemond - A's - Free Agent
Sean Berry - Royals - Free Agent
Andy Mota - Astros - Free Agent
Carlos Baerga - Indians - (Wahoo!) - Tribecards (Wahoo!!)
Ryne Sandberg - Cubs - Pedersejs (Wahoo!!)
Chris James - Indians (Wahoo!) - Free Agent
Juan Berenguer - Braves - Free Agent
Willie Fraser - Cardinals - Free Agent
Al Osuna - Astros - Free Agent
Bernie Williams - Yankees - ScottCrawfordOnCards (Wahoo!!)
Tom Foley - Expos - Free Agent
David Howard - Royals - Free Agent
Mike Boddicker - Royals - Free Agent
Jimmy Key - Blue Jays - Kazis (Wahoo!!)
Walt Terrell - Tigers - Free Agent
Mark Gardner - Expos - Free Agent
Jay Buhner - Mariners - RJBreezes (Wahoo!!)
Edgar Martinez - Mariners - Tribecards (Wahoo!!)
Junior Felix - Angels - Free Agent
Mike Devereaux - Orioles - Free Agent
Sam Horn - Orioles - Free Agent
Steve Avery - Braves - Free Agent
Al Osuna - Astros - Free Agent
Bernie Williams - Yankees - ScottCrawfordOnCards (Wahoo!!)
Tom Foley - Expos - Free Agent
David Howard - Royals - Free Agent
Randy Velarde - Yankees - Free Agent
Omar Vizquel - Mariners - GoBlues (Wahoo!!)
Mike Macfarlane - Royals - Free Agent
Mike Portugal - Astros - Free agent
Bill Doran - Free Agent
Darren Lewis - Giants - Arpsmtihs (Wahoo!!)
Greg Briley - Mariners - Free Agent
Glenn Braggs - Reds - Otakus (Wahoo!!)
Herm Winningham - Reds - Free Agent
Robin Ventura - White Sox - JediJeffs (Wahoo!!)
Stan Belinda - Pirates - Free Agent
Daryl Boston - Mets - Free Agent
Lou Whitaker - Tigers - Free Agent
Alex Cole - Indians (Wahoo!) - Free Agent
Joel Johnson - Royals - Free Agent
Mark Guthrie - Twins - Free Agent
Mark Gubicza - Royals - JoshDs (Wahoo!!)
Paul Faries - Padres - Free Agent
Scott Leius - Twins - Free Agent
Chris Bosio - Brewers - Free Agent
Willie Wilson - A's - Free Agent
Jose Offerman - Dodgers - Free Agent
Jeff Kaiser - Tigers - Free Agent
Greg Myers - Blue Jays - Kazis (Wahoo!!)
Rick Reed - Pirates - Free Agent
Moises Alou - Expos - Free Agent
Candy Maldonado - Blue Jays - Arpsmiths (Wahoo!!)
Terry Steinbach - A's - Tribecards (Wahoo!!)
Stan Royer - Cardinals - Free Agent
Mike Jeffcoat - Rangers - Free Agent
Checklist 201-300
Tommy Gregg - Braves - Free Agent
Brian Bohanon - Rangers - Free Agent
Gilberto Reyes - Expos - Free Agent
Marvin Freeman - Braves - Free Agent
Mel Hall - Yankees - free Agent
Gary Wayne - Twins - PlayAtThePlates (Wahoo!!)
Dave Magadan - Mets - ScottCrawfordOnCards (Wahoo!!)
Curt Schilling - Astros - FDNYs (Wahoo!!)
Allan Anderson - Twins - PlayAtThePlates (Wahoo!!)

Wow, anyone else get flashbacks to just how awful the collation was back then? Holy smokes. Well, congrats to all the managers who walked away with hits here today! Believe it or not, we had some managers who came away empty-handed. Hope you enjoyed this mega break!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

#PackADailyCircus - Some guys have all the luck!

Hello, every, and welcome to the Circus. Or, should I say, "Welcome Back" since most of you reading this have been great about checking in to see what's going on in the daily pack break? I appreciate you stopping by my little slice of the 'net.

This pack actually covers last night's break since I didn't break one open.

This is 1991 Fleer Ultra

White Sox Logo Sticker - White Sox - Free Agent*
Kevin Maas - Yankees - Free Agent
Robin Yount - Brewers - Thorzuls (Wahoo!!)
Geno Petralli - Rangers - PlayAtThePlates (Wahoo!!)
Mark Salas - Tigers - Free Agent
Scott Bradley - Mariners - Free Agent
Walt Weiss - A's - Quarrys (Wahoo!!)
David Cone - Mets - ScottCrawfordOnCards (Wahoo!!)
Kelly Gruber - Blue Jays - Kazis (Wahoo!!)
Reggie Jefferson - Reds - Dayfs (Wahoo!!)
Pat Borders - Blue Jays - Kazis (Wahoo!! x2)
Ellis Burks - Red Sox - Quarrys (Wahoo!! x2)
Jose Canseco - A's - Kazis (Wahoo!! x3)
Luis Rivera - Red Sox - Free Agent
David Valle - Mariners - Free Agent

*Note: Team Cards and Logo Cards are being treated separately.

Wow!! The Kazis snag three hits and the Quarrys get a pair as well! Toss in a Jefferson prospects card and a freaking Robin Yount and this pack from the past turn out to be... oh, yeah, I'm saying it... a blast! Congratulations to all the managers who pulled hits from this one. I'm sure many of you already have these in your respective collections, but what a fun break.