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Gary Railcats

1986 Topps – Derrick Gordon

I have been to four Railcats games this season and Derrick has started three of them. The last game I saw he got the win despite a shaky first inning. That will be the last time that I see him in a Railcat uniform though. He was traded yesterday for a local arm. The player they received is from my area so I can’t complain, but I thought that I would get some cards out for Gordon since I enjoyed watching him pitch. (more…)

2011 csd Custom – Derrick Gordon

As I said in the previous post I have seen Derrick pitch three times in this young season. Now that he is traded I have a shot at seeing someone new on the mound. He had a style of pitching that really seemed to work well on film. I guess I will have to find someone else to shoot as the season goes on. (more…)

2011 csd Custom – Louis Ott

This will be the first of probably two cards in this set for Louis. I saw him play in an exhibition game for the Railcats before this season started. During the first series of the season on the road he was traded to Winnipeg. The Goldeyes had a need for a third baseman after Amos Ramon (who is already in the set) went down with an injury. As I said in the previous post Louis is very versatile, and can play any position in the field. He will be missed in Gary. As I said to start this off I will probably make two cards of Louis in this set. When he comes back to Gary as a Goldeye I will have to get a picture of him to put in the set. (more…)

1986 Topps – Louis Ott

Minor League Monday starts off with a former Railcat. Last season I had fun watching Louis Ott playing almost any position on the diamond. He was a super utility man. On Sunday I was a little behind the times when I saw that Louis had been traded to Winnipeg for cash and a player to be named later. I was a little disappointed to say the least. I think that I saw him play every infield position last season including catcher. For some reason I missed him pitch. I would have liked to have seen that. So in order to play a little catch up I am posting this card of Louis now so that I can post my 2011 custom of him. (more…)

2011 csd Custom – Cody McMorris

As I said on the previous card Cody was traded today as part of the roster cuts that brought the Gary Railcats roster to 23 players. I saw him play last week for Gary though so I thought he should get a card in the set. (more…)

1983 Fleer – Cody McMorris

I don’t know what card I will use for the Railcats players yet as I make their set. I had this ’83 Fleer template that I had not used yet so I thought I would try it out. Cody was one of the players that I had not seen before that was playing for the Railcats last week. Today he was traded as part of the last minute roster moves that Gary had to perform to get to 23 players. He will now be playing for the Edinburg Roadrunners of the North American League. (more…)

2011 csd Custom – Mike Rohde

Mike has been with Gary for some time now. His hit in the 14th inning of my first game last season at the Steel Yard won the game. The opposing teams right fielder tossed me up the ball, so I have the game winning ball from the longest Railcats home game. For that reason Mike will always hold a special place for me. This is my second American Association card, and the first Railcats card. (more…)

1987 Topps – Jay Pecci

Jay is no longer a member of the Railcats, but this is the only card I had ready to go. I have held this card back simply because Jay was no longer on the team. I will be at the Railcats exhibition game when this posts so I thought it was only fitting that I had a Railcats card on the blog. (more…)

1989 Upper Deck – Adam Klein

I used this picture Friday as part of my Jackie Robinson post on my other site. Just out of frame is Jackie’s #42 on the wall. As I was going through my cards to see what I had for Minor League Monday I saw this one, and thought it would be perfect. (more…)

1989 Upper Deck – Jay Pecci

At least right now Jay is no longer a member of the Railcats. The way rosters change for Gary though I will not be sure who is really on this team until just before the season starts. The roster on the website last year didn’t seem to be updated too often until just before the season. (more…)

1987 Topps – Tanner Townsend

Minor League Monday continues with Tanner Townsend. Tanner has spent two stints with the Railcats. He played so well in his first that he was sold to the Florida Marlins. He returned to Gary last season for another go. I will always remember him as the player who the first home run ball I caught. I was just standing in left field along the concourse when he hit one to me. That is still the only home run ball I own. (more…)

1987 Topps – Cristian Guerrero

Last season Cristian did something that has not been done before in the Northern League. He hit five home runs in 5 straight at bats. In fact the feat had only been done twice before in professional baseball. I know that the name is spelled wrong on the card, but error cards are part of the game. (more…)

1989 Upper Deck – Mike Rohde

Saturation Saturday continues with this card of Mike Rohde. Mike is the first baseman for the Gary SouthShore Railcats of the American Association. I go to a few games each year in Gary so I thought I might try a couple of their players to see how it looked. I love this picture of Mike sliding into home on Opening Day. Just the way he is making sure he touches the plate. Part of the fun of attending these smaller games is the fact you can get a little closer to the action for a lower price. (more…)

Jeff Williams

Jeff is one of the better relievers in the Railcats bullpen. I have seen him come in multiple times this season and shut the other team down. The strentght of the bullpen is one of the reasons the ‘Cats have the wins that they do this season. (more…)

Brad Furnish

Brad is one of the relievers that help the Railcats stay close late in games. (more…)

Willie Glen – All Star

I have posted so many cards of the Major League All Stars that I thought that I would post one of a Northern League All Star. The first of those that will be on this site is Willie Glen. Willie has brought some excitement back to the Railcats this season so it is only fitting that he was named a Northern League All Star. (more…)

Tom Thornton

Tom was another of the three great starters that the Irish had in 2006. He was part of the big three with Jeff Manship and Jeff Samardzija. Now with the addition of Tom I have a card of all three in the set. Tom is spending his second year with the Gary Railcats in the Northern League. While his other two rotation mates have pitched in the Majors, Tom has had to settle for being a professional pitcher that probably never will. He is a good reliever on a good independent league team though.

This picture was taken on Sunday when I attended the Railcats game against the Fielders. Tom had just come off the disabled list so I was surprised to see him in the game. This is yet another picture of a pitchers follow through in the set. Jeff gets his leg so high that you can see the clay on the bottom of his shoe.

Ryan Zink

Ryan pitched great tonight for the Railcats against the RiverHawks. The last time I saw him against the Fielders he had a rough outing, but he seemed to have figured out whatever was going wrong for him. I am getting closer to getting the entire Railcats pitching staff in the set. The team will have a month here where they will be on the road quite a bit after playing a lot of their first games at home. I have been to a few of them so I would bet you will see some more Railcats players in the set. (more…)

Adam Klein

Adam has found new life the last few games since he has been switched from the #9 spot in the order to the leadoff spot. His bat has come to life, and he has sparked the Railcats offense. (more…)

Mike Massaro

Mike is starting his 2nd season for the Railcats. He is a former farm hand of the Athletics making it all the way to their triple A club. He was a member of the 2009 Northern League All Star team, and was a huge part of their run to the finals last season. (more…)

Greg Tagert

Greg Tagert does not have the name of some of the Northern League Managers. Famous men who once played in the Majors. What Greg does have though is the ability to manage a ball club. Greg came to Gary in 2005, and the team went from an also ran to the league champion. Every year since then the Railcats have been back in the finals, winning a second title in 2007. Greg was also named the Manager of the year in both 2007 and 2009. Greg has a long term contract with the Railcats so we should see much more of him in the years to come. (more…)

Willie Glen

I saw Willie pitch the last time I was in Gary for a game. Willie is a huge part of the history of the Gary Railcats. He was a 2007 Northern League All Star selection, the 2007 Northern League Pitcher of the Year, and MVP of the Championship Series which Gary won. After that season Glen’s contract was purchased by the Marlins. He bounced around between their AA and AAA clubs before being released last season. Bad news for Willie was good news for Gary fans. They were thrilled to see him return this season. Maybe he can duplicate his 2007 season for the Railcats. (more…)

Jeff Beachum

By this point the Railcats game is well underway. Hopefully I have seen something decent to report back on. I should at least have some more pictures to make a couple more cards with. It is amazing how I have changed how I take pictures since I started this. I used to worry about just the home team with a few exceptions. Now I am having a blast getting as many players as I can. (more…)

Mike Rohde

The final player of the night is the one that ended the marathon. Like most of the players Rohde was having a long day when he stepped up to the plate in the bottom of the 14th. He drove a pitch to right center field that once it touched the turf was the game winning hit. With two outs the runners were going, and scored easy. As I said earlier I obtained the ball from Rich Austin so now I have the ball that ended the longest game in Railcats history.

This picture was taken yesterday when Mike smacked a ball down to third that was too hot for the third basemen to handle. He reached on the error and scored the second run of the game in the first.