CBC Highlights 2016 – Mark Trumbo

Mark Trumbo became the first Orioles player in team history to hit two home runs in the same inning. In the 7th inning of their game on April 15 against the Texas Rangers he accomplished the feat. His first home run came with one man on base and with the team trailing 5-1 off of Martin Perez. After going through the complete lineup, Trumbo came to the plate with two men on base and hit his second home run of the inning. The nine run inning saw the Orioles go from losing 5-1 to winning 10-5. Trumbo was the first player to hit two home runs in the same inning since Edwin Encarnacion of the Toronto Blue Jays did it on July 26, 2013.

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To see the current Custom Baseball Cards Highlight 2016 set CLICK HERE.

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CBC Highlights 2016 – Bryce Harper

On Thursday, April 14th, Bryce Harper became the 8th youngest player in Major League Baseball history to reach the 100 home run plateau. His third inning grand slam was Harper’s 100th home run, coming at 23 years and 181 days old. It moved him ahead of Albert Pujols who hit his 100th home run at 23 years and 185 days old. It was also the first career grand slam of Harper’s career.

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Youngest Players at the Time of Their 100th Home Run

1931 – Mel Ott (22 Years, 132 Days)
1967 – Tony Conigliaro (22 Years, 197 Days)
1954 – Eddie Mathews (22 Years, 293 Days)
1998 – Alex Rodriguez (23 Years, 16 Days)
2000 – Andruw Jones (23 Years, 62 Days)
2006 – Miguel Cabrera (23 Years, 127 Days)
1971 – Johnny Bench (23 Years, 161 Days)
2016 – Bryce Harper (23 Years, 181 Days)
2003 – Albert Pujols (23 Years, 185 Days)

To see the current Custom Baseball Cards Highlight 2016 set CLICK HERE.

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2016 Custom Baseball Card Set – Pack #5

After watching the Colorado Rockies score 9 runs in one inning on my San Francisco Giants, I need a distraction! So here is my latest pack of 2016 Custom Baseball Cards. The highlight is probably the 2015 AL MVP, Josh Donaldson. For any Tampa Bay Rays fans out there, this has a few cards you may like.

Now onto the cards –

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Matt Moore, SP, Tampa Bay Rays (#230)
Since being named an All-Star and finishing 9th in the Cy Young voting in 2013 Matt Moore hasn’t done too much. In two starts this year he has pitched 12 innings with a 3.00 ERA and a 1.083 WHIP.

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Josh Donaldson, 3B, Toronto Blue Jays (#5)
The 2015 AL MVP has started right where he left off. He is currently leading the league in runs scored with 10. He is batting .306 with 4 home runs and 9 runs batted in.

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Michael Pineda, SP New York Yankees (#161)
Pineda is 1-1 in two starts this season with a 6.55 ERA and 1.455 WHIP.

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Logan Forsythe, 2B, Tampa Bay Rays (#201)
Forsythe had the best year of his career in 2015, batting .281 with 17 home runs and 68 runs batted in,

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Luis Valbuena, 2B, Houston Astros (#347)
Valbuena set a career high with 25 home runs and 56 runs batted in in 2015.

I hope you enjoyed the cards and keep an eye out for the next pack.

Custom Baseball Card Set Statistics

Teams – Los Angeles Angels (3), Houston Astros (2), San Francisco Giants (2), Tampa Bay Rays (2), Washington Nationals (2), Atlanta Braves (1), Baltimore Orioles (1), Chicago Cubs (1), Cincinnati Reds (1), Colorado Rockies (1), Kansas City Royals (1), Los Angeles Dodgers (1), New York Mets (1), New York Yankees (1), Oakland Athletics (1), Philadelphia Phillies (1), St. Louis Cardinals (1), San Diego Padres (1), Toronto Blue Jays (1)

Positions – Catcher (3), First Base (1), Second Base (4), Third Base (2), Shortstop (3), Outfield (3), Starting Pitcher (8), Relief Pitcher (1)

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CBC Highlights 2016 – AL/NL Player of the Week (04/03-04/10)

It didn’t take long for Colorado Rookies rookie Trevor Story to get another card in the Custom Baseball Cards Highlights 2016 set. He was named National League (NL) Player of the Week for the week of April 3rd through April 10th. He was joined by fellow rookie Tyler White of the Houston Astros who was named American League (AL) Player of the Week. This is the first time that rookies were selected for both the AL and NL Player of the Week in the first week of the season.

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Tyler White, Houston Astros
AL Player of the Week (04/03-04/10)

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Trevor Story, Colorado Rockies
NL Player of the Week (04/03-04/10)

To see the current 2016 Custom Baseball Cards set and Custom Baseball Cards Highlight 2016 set CLICK HERE.

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Custom Baseball Cards Highlights 2016 – Trevor Story

I was a huge fan (still am) of the Donruss Highlights sets from 1985-1987 and where I drew my inspiration for the creation of a Custom Baseball Cards Highlights 2016 set. The Donruss Highlights was a boxed-set of 56 cards and was released after the season to pay tribute to notable achievements as well as the players and pitchers of the month during the previous baseball season. These sets were very popular and Donruss sold out before the initial orders were even filled for their first set in 1985.

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The cards I plan to create are very similar to the model by Donruss. I will be creating custom cards for at least the following –

Player of the Month (American and National League)
Pitcher of the Monh (American and National League
Notable Achievements
End of Season Awards

They will resemble the Custom Baseball Cards base set with a few minor cosmetic changes and the addition of a Highlight 2016 logo in tribute to the original Donruss Highlights cards. These will be created as soon as the achievement is accomplished.

Here is the first entry into the Custom Baseball Cards Highlights 2016 set –

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Trevor Story, Colorado Rockies
Rookie Record for HRs to Start Season

If you have been hiding under a rock and do not know who Trevor Story is let me fill you in. He is the starting shortstop for the Colorado Rockies and playing in his first MLB season. He got the job in part to the legal issues facing Jose Reyes who came to the team as part of the trade that sent Troy Tulowitzki to the Blue Jays last summer. Tulowitzki was a Rockies fan favorite but Story is making them forget all about him this season. All he has done is hit 6 home runs in their first five games, he failed to hit a home run on Saturday night in a 16-3 Rockies loss to the Padres. The same Padres that didn’t score any runs their season opening series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He set a rookie record by homering in his first three games. He also tied a record held by Willie Mays (1971), Mark McGwire (1998), Nelson Cruz (2011) and Chris Davis (2013) with home runs in each of his first four game to start the season. The rookie record for home runs in a season is 49 home runs in 1987 by Mark McGwire. It would be near impossible to sustain his current pace but you have to believe he has a chance to break set a new record. If he does there will be another CBC Highlights 2016 card with his picture on it.

Sometimes I may miss some accomplishments so if you know of one and think it should be featured on a custom card please let me know by sending me an email – jlculley@gmail.com.

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The Bad News Bears

the_bad_news_bears_1976“An aging, down-on-his-luck ex-minor leaguer coaches a team of misfits in an ultra-competitive California little league.”

The Bad News Bears was released 40 years ago today on April 7, 1976. Walter Matthau played Morris Buttermaker, a former minor-league baseball player who is an alcoholic pool cleaner who is convinced a Southern California Little League team full of misfits and the leagues worst players. He recruits Tatum O’Neal who played Amanda Whurlitzer, who is the daughter of one of his ex-girlfriends who he taught to pitch she was younger. The Bears steadily improve during the season and actually end up making it to the championship game, where they played the Yankees. They ended up losing 7-6 but celebrated in the end like they won the game. Check out the trailer below:


Are you a fan of The Bad News Bears?

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2016 Custom Baseball Card Set – Pack #4

So far so good and I am keeping ahead of schedule on the creation and release of my ’16 Custom Baseball Card set. Other bloggers have been releasing their custom cards and that sure gives me motivation to keep producing mine. Check out The Shlabotnik Report , The Writers Journey and Mets Baseball Cards Like They Ought To Be! for more great custom cards.

Now onto the cards –

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Daniel Murphy, 2B, Washington Nationals (#134)
In Daniel Murphy’s first game with the Nationals this season he came up big. He went two for three with a HR and two RBIs, including the go ahead RBI in the top of the tenth to secure the win.

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Nick Hundley, C, Colorado Rockies (#275)
Hundley is batting .333 with a HR and three RBIs after three games to start to season.

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C.J. Cron, 1B, Los Angeles Angels (#323)
Cron hit 16 HRs in 2015 and should be the heir apparent to Albert Pujols at 1B for the Angels.

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Adam Jones, OF, Baltimore Orioles (#67)
Jones is a 5x All-Star and is 4 HRs shy of reaching 200 for his career.

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Mike Fiers, SP, Houston Astros (#198)
Set a career high in starts (30), innings pitched (180.1), and strikeouts (180) in 2015. He is starting for the first time this year today against the New York Yankees.

I hope you enjoyed the cards and keep an eye out for the next pack.

Custom Baseball Card Set Statistics

Teams – Los Angeles Angels (3), San Francisco Giants (2), Washington Nationals (2), Atlanta Braves (1), Baltimore Orioles (1), Chicago Cubs (1), Cincinnati Reds (1), Colorado Rockies (1), Houston Astros (1), Kansas City Royals (1), Los Angeles Dodgers (1), New York Mets (1), Oakland Athletics (1), Philadelphia Phillies (1), St. Louis Cardinals (1), San Diego Padres (1)

Positions – Catcher (3), First Base (1), Second Base (2), Third Base (1), Shortstop (3), Outfield (3), Starting Pitcher (6), Relief Pitcher (1)

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