Card of the Week: Dennis Eckersley 2015 Topps Five Star

The Card of the Week for January 10-16, 2016 is the 2015 Topps Five Star Autograph of Dennis Eckersley. Eckersley was one of my 2 favorite pitchers to watch as a kid. The other being Dave Stewart. I began watching baseball in the mid-1980s, this was after Eckersley came to the Oakland Athletics and converted into one of the most dominant closers in the game.

Dennis Eckersley 2015 Topps Five Star Autograph

Dennis Eckersley 2015 Topps Five Star Autograph

Eckersley was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2004. He is one of two pitchers with 20-win (1978) and 50-save (1992) seasons. Eckersely was selected to the All-Star game 6 times, 2 as a starter and 4 as a closer. He was also named MVP of the 1988 American League Championship Series, saving all 4 of Oakland’s victories against the Boston Red Sox.

His best season came in 1992 when he posted a 7-1 record, struck out 93 batters in 80 innings and saved a major league leading 51 games. That year Eckersley won the American League MVP and Cy Young Awards.

Fun Fact: In his 24 year career, Eckersley only pitched in the National League for 5 years, 3 as a starter and 2 as a reliever. As a starter for the Chicago Cubs (1984-86), Eckersley hit 3 home runs. 1 in 1985 and 2 in 1986. Not bad for a guy with only 181 career at bats.

Eckersley was clearly one of the most dominant pitchers in the game during the 1980s and 1990s. He was instrumental in the success of the Oakland Athletics in the late-1980s and early-1990s. Eckersley will always be one of my favorite pitchers.

Boog Powell Earns MVP Honors at Midwest League All-Star Game

Beloit Snappers outfielder, Herschel “Boog” Powell was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2014 Midwest League All-Star game. The Western Division defeated the Eastern Division by a score of 7-0 in the 50th Midwest League All-Star Game.

Boog Powell led the charge as he went 1-3 with a 2-run double in the 6th inning, plating Juan Herrera (Peoria Chiefs) and C.J. McElroy (Peoria Chiefs). In addition Boog walked twice, scored 3 runs and stole 2 bases. He currently leads the Midwest League in batting with a .338 average. and On-Base Percentage at .450. It looks like it will not be long before the former 20th round pick of the Oakland Athletics during the 2012 June Draft will be making his way up to the Stockton Ports.

Other Snappers in the All-Star Game
Pitcher Kyle Finnegan made the start for the Western Division and earned the win throwing one inning and striking out one batter. Reliever Andres Avila came in the pitch in the 9th inning of the game and recorded the final out of the game.

Third baseman Luis Baez came on in the 6th inning replacing Clint Coultier (Wisconsin Timber Rattlers) as DH. Baez went 1-2 on the night.

Play Resumes
The second half of the season begins on Thursday as the Beloit Snappers return home to Pohlman Field to face the Clinton LumberKings.