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Manager

1993 Donruss – Ozzie Guillen

This is kind of a weird card for me to make for two reasons. One of those is that Ozzie was in this set as a player. I usually don’t make cards like this, but I felt the need to make the card. The second reason is that Ozzie is no longer the manager of the Chicago White Sox. Ozzie came in and took the Sox to the next level. He won the World Series in just his second year at the helm of the team. He has never been able to re-create that success though, and that might be a partial reason as to why he was fired. As a Sox fan I am torn today. I realize that something had to happen. That being said I am excited to see how the Sox will go from here. Of course I am also sad to see the skipper go. (more…)

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2011 csd Custom – Bob Geren

Part of the nature of being a Major League Manager is that you never know when your time will be up. In early April I saw the A’s play and Bob Geren was their manager. They start a four game series in Chicago less than two months later with a new manager. Things change very quickly as you can see. (more…)


2011 csd Custom – Tracy Woodson

Tracy is the manager for the Valparaiso Crusaders. He is probably more noted though for his time with the Dodgers. He was part of that magical ’88 team that won the World Series. After spending some time managing in the minors he is now guiding the young men in Valpo. (more…)


2011 csd Custom – Mike Quade

I have seen Mike manage on three different levels now. In the early 90’s I saw him when he brought his Rockford Expos to the Cove to play the team known then as the South Bend White Sox. In 2004 I attended a couple Iowa Cubs games that featured Mike as the manager. Finally this April I saw him manage the Cubs finally making it to the big leagues. He really seems like he knows baseball, and I hope that he gets a chance to show the fans what he knows. (more…)


2011 csd Custom – Kirk Gibson

Growing up in the 80’s when I did I had plenty of reasons to like Kirk as a player. He was a big part of the ’84 World Series team in Detroit, but he is probably best known for his dramatic game winning home run in 1998 for the Dodgers. He could barely walk, but came in and hit a home run. His run around the bases is still ingrained in my mind. This is another of the three cards I made while experimenting with the design of the card. Instead of going back and fixing my error I just went with the card. It is the weekend after all. (more…)


2011 csd Preview – Joe Girardi

I still remember when Joe came up with the Cubs. It really does not seem like that long ago, but it actually has been. Since then he has had a good career followed up by a good managing career. He was so good that the Yankees made them their manager, and he has already brought them a World Series title. (more…)


2011 csd Preview – Buck Showalter

Buck is one of those guys that you hire to turn your club around. The Orioles got what they paid for last season. Buck came in and made the Orioles into winners right away. He has a knack for turning a club around. For some reason he has the same effect that Mike Keenan had in the NHL in the 80’s and 90’s. Buck usually doesn’t win titles with the club though. The next guy usually does that. (more…)