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6.15.2007

Welcome To The Rivalry Round

Joe Mauer, pre-sideburns.In the previous round of the Rookie Card Playoffs, hometown hero Joe Mauer's 2002 sideburnless Topps card won our hearts, placing first with 31% of the votes over teammate Torii Hunter's 24%.

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JIM THOME managed 22% of the votes and Vlad the Destroyer earned 12%, just egding out old-schooler Mike Piazza, who gained only 10% of the tallies.

This brings us straight to the eighth and final set, The Rivalry Round. As you can see, these guys play for either the Red Sox or the Yankees. Check out these current player's cards and choose the one you like best. Once again, your favoritism may be based on absolutely anything.

Maybe seeing Jason Varitek in pinstripes or a young shortstop-playing A-Rod couldn't make you happier. How about Big Papi with a completely different last name and about 65 pounds missing from his frame?

Johnny Damon is looking dapper in a half-unbuttoned KC uni, while... that doesn't even look like Derek Jeter to me.

Voting for this set ends Tuesday and then it's onto the Final Round, where all eight winners will vy for the coveted Rookie Card Champion of the World award. As always, you can vote either here or at our handsome co-host Ian's blog, SOX & Dawgs.
































[Welcome To Round One]
[Welcome To The Mustache Round]
[Welcome To The (Alleged) Juicer Round]
[Before They Were Managers Round]
[Welcome To The Slugger Round]
[Welcome To The Pitcher's Duel]
[Welcome To The Fan Favorites Round]


6.11.2007

Welcome To The Fan Favorites Round

nice pants.Mariano Rivera's casual 1992 card dominated the competition in the Pitchers Duel Round of the Rookie Card Playoffs with 42% of the votes. Was it his chilled-out lean and pressed dockers? Whatever it was, he moves onto the Final Round.

Curt Schilling's mustache came in second with 29%, John Smoltz somehow made third place with 13%, Trevor Hoffman managed only 10% of the tallies and poor old Tom Glavine accumulated just 6%.

This brings us straight to the Fan Favorites Round. So, look around and choose the current player's card you like best. Once again, your favoritism may be based on whatever floats your boat.

It could be the look on Torii Hunter's face or that Vlad is about as slim as an iPod. Do you think Ji-
Jim Thome knew of the self-cleaning oven back then? And I'm pretty sure the only thing that could possibly make Joe Mauer any dorkier would be some braces with headgear. Mike Piazza's card... totally speaks for itself.

As always, feel free to vote either here or at our studly co-host Ian's blog, SOX & Dawgs.































[Welcome To Round One]
[Welcome To The Mustache Round]
[Welcome To The (Alleged) Juicer Round]
[Before They Were Managers Round]
[Welcome To The Slugger Round]
[Welcome To The Pitcher's Duel]


6.08.2007

Welcome To The Pitcher's Duel

In another heated Rookie Card Playoffs race, Manny Ramirez's New Edition 1992 card pulled through in the Slugger Round with 44% of the votes.

He edged out Ken Griffey, Jr. with 37% and Cool Hand Konerko, who accumulated 13% of the votes. Frank Thomas' reach-around managed just 5% while Magglio Ordonez's lack of locks accumulated only 3% of the tallies.

This brings us to the sixth set of Round One, the Pitcher's Duel. The winning card will move onto the final Round, where only one will emerge the glorious victor: the Rookie Card Champion of the World.

Check out these hurlers' first years in the big leagues and choose your favorite. Once again, you may base your favoritism on absolutely anything.

Maybe the bewildered look on Tom Glavine's face has you chuckling and we know you love the smug mug on Curt Schilling (some things never change!) How about the relaxed lean of Mariano Rivera or those legs on The Hoff?! And some of us may feel nostalgic when looking at the last future Hall Of Famer, John Smoltz.

As always, feel free to vote either here or at our badass co-host, Ian's blog SOX & Dawgs.
































[Welcome To Round One]
[Welcome To The Mustache Round]
[Welcome To The (Alleged) Juicer Round]
[Before They Were Managers Round]
[Welcome To The Slugger Round]


6.05.2007

Welcome To The Slugger Round

Terry Francona emerged the Champion of the Before They Were Managers RoundTerry Francona barely squeaked by with 31% of the votes in the heated Before They Were Managers Round of the Rookie Card Playoffs. Tony La Russa, whose card was chiseled out of stone in 1904, came in second with 23% of the tallies while Joe Torre's 1962 Topps All-Star got him only 17%. Willie Randolph was on his tail with 16% and everyone's favorite Venezuelan hothead, Ozzie Guillen rounded out last place with 13% of the votes.

This brings us to the inevitable Slugger Round. We have some oldies and some goodies for you, including a pre-ganja Manny Ramirez, Mags before his hair was so long and luxurious, the Big Hurt copping a feel applying the tag, Cool Hand Konerko and my very first poster as a baseball-loving child, Junior himself. Who doesn't have and cherish this card?!

So, check them out. Vote for your favorite current player's rookie card. As always, your bias can be based on absolutely anything. Is it the hair or lack there-of? That boyish rookie charm? Maybe a childhood memory of your little sister ripping your favorite poster off the wall before you pulled her hair and promptly got yelled at...

Vote here or at our badass co-host Ian's blog, SOX & Dawgs.





























[Welcome To Round One]
[Welcome To The Mustache Round]
[Welcome To The (Alleged) Juicer Round]
[Before They Were Managers Round]


6.01.2007

Before They Were Managers Round

Alleged Juicer Round ChampionJason Giambi smoked, snorted and injected the competition in the (Alleged) Juicer Round of the Rookie Card Playoffs with a 52% victory over come-backer Barry Bonds, who notched 36% and Gary Sheffield, who managed only 7% of the tallies. Sammy Sosa came in with 4% and Pudge Rodriguez didn't get one single vote. Not one.

This brings us to the fourth set of the first round with Before They Were Managers. Check out these old farts' rookie cards and choose your favorite. As always, your favoritism can be based on absolutely anything. Ump-bumping? Base-throwing? Spitting and frothing at the mouth? Screaming psycho-babble? Career ejections? The sky's the limit.

Voting for this set ends Monday, and as always you can vote either here or at our co-host Ian's blog, SOX & Dawgs.





























[Welcome To Round One]
[Welcome To The Mustache Round]
[Welcome To The (Alleged) Juicer Round]


5.29.2007

Welcome To The (Alleged) Juicer Round

Rondell White stole our hearts in the first set of Round One of the Rookie Card Playoffs with his flirtatious gaze while Greg Maddux wooed us with his sultry porn 'stache in the second.

The veteran Mad Dog dominated the competition with 63% of the votes, crushing Pedro Martinez, who gained only 19% in front of Carlos Delgado, Randy Johnson and Derrek Lee, who didn't even manage 10%.

Since we believe in second chances around here, we've decided to give Barry Bonds another one in this third set of Round One - the (Alleged) Juicer Round.

So, check out these current players' cards and pick your favorite. Again, you can base your favoritism on absolutely anything... like the presence of backne or (alleged) roid rage. As always, you can vote either here or over at our Playoff co-host Ian's blog, SOX & Dawgs.





















[Welcome To Round One]
[Welcome To The Mustache Round]


5.24.2007

Welcome To The Mustache Round

Pure seduction.The heat is on. Rondell White's 1991 card dominated the first set of the Rookie Card Playoffs with his seductive eyes and bent knee - a 5-vote victory over runner-up Nomar Garciaparra and his innocent, pubescant face.

Third-place went to the scrappy Chipper Jones while fourth-place was held down by an already-ornery Barry Bonds. Mike Mussina, who recieved only 6 tallies, placed dead last.

Considering Rondell's victory, we thought it appropriate to dub this set the Mustache Round. So, choose your favorite - which can be based on absolutely anything, not just these players' sweet 'staches.

Voting for this set ends at midnight on Sunday and as always, you can vote either here or at SOX & Dawgs with our play-off Co-host, Ian.




















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5.21.2007

Welcome To Round One

Welcome to Round One of the Rookie Card Playoffs, hosted by yours truly and Ian from .

Check out these current players' rookie cards and pick your favorite - which could be based on absolutely anything. Perhaps the presence of a mustache. The top vote-getter will advance to Round Two and so on, until there is only one Rookie Card Champion of the World.

There will be 8 brackets of 5 in Round One - voting for this set ends Wednesday.


























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