Monday, September 14, 2020

HOF Mike Schmidt

One of the best third basemen of all time. Mike Schmidt. I remember the day he abruptly retired in 1989 and seeing him cry during the press conference. I was kind of floored by that as his demeanor, from what I saw in games, was really kind of stout and serious. Sometimes he could look downright mean. I'm sure there's a cliche in there about seeing a grown man cry.

Schmidt was a no-brainer Hall of Famer. Voted in on his first ballot in 1995, he received 96.5% of the vote. That's solid. Impressive. That's about right. 

This is Schmidt's last Topps card from the 1989 set. He played 42 games before hanging it up after 18 seasons all with the Phillies. Schmidt won 3 MVP awards (1980, 1981, and 1986), was voted into 12 All-Star games, won a single World Series and in that series was the MVP, and he earned a lot of Gold Gloves and Silver Sluggers. 

Schmidt batted over .300 just once in his career: .316 in 1981. 

I have this school folder of Schmidt for 1988. Does anyone want it? I have a Canseco one, too. That's also available.



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5 comments:

  1. I remember trying to pronounce his last name for the first time when I was 11 years old. So many consonants for that one lonely vowel.

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  2. Was always a fan of Schmidt, except maybe in '83. I also was surprised by how "approachable" (a better word than "human") he seemed post-career. Seems like a good guy.

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  3. I was flipping through a small stack of 1989 LJN Topps Talk cards and the Schmidt stood out. It's such a cool looking card. Features a full body shot of him at the plate.

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  4. I remember he retired before the All-Star break, and the fans voted him in as the starting third baseman. He didn't play, but it was cool to see the fans give him one last moment to show they appreciated him.

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  5. If I had to put together an all-time baseball team, Mike Schmidt might very well be my third baseman. (I wonder if he's watching a home-run ball on that 1989 card.)

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