Round 3 S58

Rod Carew-Featured-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Hall-of-Famers Rod Carew and Mike Piazza match their offensive skills with a wide assortment of hitters. Maybe joining them in Cooperstown someday are Joe Mauer and Scott Rolen along with Buck Herzog, Chief Wilson, George H. Burns, and the ageless Julio Franco.

Rod-Carew-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Rod Carew
Full Name: Rodney Cline Carew
Nicknames: Sir Rodney, Junior
Twitter: @RodCarew_29

Mike-Piazza-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Mike Piazza
Full Name: Michael Joseph Piazza
Nicknames: The Monster
Twitter: @mikepiazza31

Joe-Mauer-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Joe Mauer
Full Name: Joseph Patrick Mauer
Nicknames: None. Even on Player’s Weekend the “nickname” on his jersey was Mauer.

Scott-Rolen-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Scott Rolen
Full Name: Scott Bruce Rolen
Nicknames: along with Albert Pujols and Jim Edmonds “MV3”
Twitter: @ScottRolen27

Buck-Herzog-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Buck Herzog
Full Name: Charles Lincoln Herzog
Nicknames: Choke ‘Em Charley

Chief-Wilson-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff Card

Played as: Owen Wilson
Full Name: Edmund John Miller
Nicknames: Chief, Tex

George-H-Burns-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: George Burns
Full Name: George Henry Burns
Nicknames: Tioga George

Julio-Franco-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Julio Franco
Full Name: Julio Cesar Robles Franco
Nicknames: Methuselah, Moses, Father Time

The Results

Mike Piazza combined average and power to handily take the pennant. Mauer won his final game, sneaking past Rod Carew for second place. Owen “Chief” Wilson hung on for the final advancement slot. Rolen, Franco, Burns, and Herzog all head for Round 4 for a last shot to stay in the tournament.

Season Highlights

  • Mike Piazza8 took the batting title with a .326 average edging out Carew7 by a single point.
  • Piazza6 led all hitters with 38 HRs and 80 RBIs. He also managed two 3-Home Run games.
  • Buck Herzog had 8 players with 44+ stolen bases and Herzog3 led everyone with 70 SBs.
  • Piazza7 ended the season with an 18-game hitting streak still in process.
  • Trevor Hoffman5 got into 66 games for Piazza, saving a league-leading 50.
  • George Burns defeated Buck Herzog 1-0 in a 22-inning marathon. That’s a lot of zeros!
  • Chief Wilson3 had two 6-hit games both of which went 17+ innings.
  • No-Hitters
    5/20 Pedro Martinez7 walked the nine-hole Buck Herzog but allowed no other base runners.

Tim Bruno

Tim has been a baseball fan for most of his life and has played a great deal of baseball and softball over the years. Although his playing days are long behind him, he remembers back when he was an extremely fast catcher with an extremely bad arm. He has been playing Strat-o-Matic baseball since he was 14. Tim is currently living in southwest France and writes A LOT about coffee at He has also written Procaffeination: A Coffee Lover's Dictionary, which will be available soon. You can find out more about Tim's writing at and if you want to contact him about the tournament, drop him an email at

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