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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Juan Gonzalez MVP Trophy, other memorabilia, on the auction block

Gonzalez has put a number of items up for auction through Lelands.com, an auction house that specializes in sports and entertainment memorabilia. The “Juan Gonzalez Collection” includes seven items and is highlighted by Gonzalez’s 1996 AL MVP Trophy.

The catalog also notes that Gonzalez has signed the trophy and states it is his original MVP trophy.  The bidding for the MVP trophy started at $10,000 on Wednesday. It had received two bids and was up to $11,000 by Wednesday evening. The auction runs through January 10.

Among other items from Gonzalez’s collection that are up for auction:

• The “Babe Ruth Crown” he received from the Maryland Professional Baseball Players Association in 1992 (starting bid was $3,000)

• Silver Slugger bats he received in 1996 and 2001. The bats are being sold separately. (starting bid was $1,000)

• A trophy presented to him for being the Rangers nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award in 1997 (starting bid was $1,000)

• An AL Player of the Month trophy for September, 1997 (starting bid was $300)

• The “Ultimate Juan Gonzalez Game Equipment Collection,” which features game-used gloves, bats, jerseys and hats, along with some signed baseball cards (starting bid was $600)

Gonzalez is not the only player offering memorabilia for auction. Former St. Louis manager Red Schoendienst, 90, has put up a number of items including his miniature Hall of Fame induction plaque and a number of World Series rings.

Egad, Igor!

Pat Rapper's Delight Posted: December 18, 2013 at 11:21 PM | 24 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: couch money, dumb a.l. award voters, indians, juan gonzalez, memorabilia, rangers, royals, steroids, tigers

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   1. PASTE Thinks This Trout Kid Might Be OK (Zeth) Posted: December 19, 2013 at 12:02 AM (#4620630)
Hey, it's the guy who was basically the same player as Jim Rice!
   2. The District Attorney Posted: December 19, 2013 at 12:17 AM (#4620637)
Obvious comments:

A) What's the big deal, he's got one to spare.
B) Probably shoulda taken that contract from the Tigers, huh?

Okay, carry on.
   3. Jim (jimmuscomp) Posted: December 19, 2013 at 12:23 AM (#4620639)
Wow. He might make $20,000 on this auction. Could that even help his financial plight?

Geesh.
   4. RMc's desperate, often sordid world Posted: December 19, 2013 at 12:36 AM (#4620644)
rangers, royals, steroids, tigers

What, there's actually a team called the Steroids? Where do they play, in Vegas?
   5. Sleepy supports unauthorized rambling Posted: December 19, 2013 at 12:51 AM (#4620651)
Wow, some of that Schoendienst stuff is kind of creepy. Wallet, complete with old credit cards?

That vintage hand-shot film collection looks interesting though.
   6. The Yankee Clapper Posted: December 19, 2013 at 01:03 AM (#4620655)
He might make $20,000 on this auction. Could that even help his financial plight?

Do we know he has financial problems? Sure, he should have taken have the Tigers' offer, but he still made $87M. Maybe he just doesn't want the award clutter. Lots of people would sell their Employee Of The Year Award if it would bring in $20K.
   7. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: December 19, 2013 at 01:05 AM (#4620656)
There's a lot of other great stuff listed at Lelands. I think the Livan Hernandez Collection is more exciting. 2 bids so far on his Silver Slugger! And those 1997 playoff balls are cool. Do historic balls typically have long explanations written on them like that?

This seems like a steal.

And check out the stuff Pat Moran got from his friends before the 1915 World Series!
   8. AROM Posted: December 19, 2013 at 01:09 AM (#4620657)
Clutter? An MVP trophy might clutter my 1200 square foot home, but if I was a good enough hitter to have won an MVP, I think I'd have a bit more space.
   9. Gonfalon B. Posted: December 19, 2013 at 02:01 AM (#4620670)
Once A-Rod gets his author's advance, he'll have plenty of spare cash to buy the 1996 MVP and pay for the corrective re-engraving.
   10. Jim (jimmuscomp) Posted: December 19, 2013 at 02:02 AM (#4620672)
I guess he could just be getting rid of stuff, but I immediately thought he must have pissed away his fortune.
   11. SoSH U at work Posted: December 19, 2013 at 02:49 AM (#4620679)
Jim Palmer did something similar with his Cy Young trophies earlier this year. I don't know if this is the reason, but it's quite possible these guys have discovered they don't need the physical representations of their honors. Whether Juan Gonzalez possesses his MVP trophies doesn't change the fact he was a two-time MVP. The latter may be all he needs. (I had that revelation when my youngest boy lost my hole-in-one golf balls by whacking them around the yard. It didn't bother me a whit).



   12. Snowboy Posted: December 19, 2013 at 03:58 AM (#4620684)
Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: December 19, 2013 at 12:05 AM (#4620656)

...

And check out the stuff Pat Moran got from his friends before the 1915 World Series!


Moran had just managed his team to their first pennant in his first season as a manager. No one knew the next one wouldn't be until 1950, but since it is the Phillies we're talking about there might have been some inkling that this was indeed a magnificent achievement.

From the auction website:
Hall of Fame manager Pat Moran was a student of the game


Okay, I'll bite, what are they talking about? I sort of like Pat Moran, for his work with the Phillies, and he piloted the Reds to 96 wins in 1919 which is often overlooked in the "Black Sox" story. But what HOF?
   13. zonk Posted: December 19, 2013 at 09:33 AM (#4620715)
I had that revelation when my youngest boy lost my hole-in-one golf balls by whacking them around the yard. It didn't bother me a whit


Is that what you tell him every day when he gets home from toiling in the salt mines?
   14. LargeBill Posted: December 19, 2013 at 09:39 AM (#4620716)
9. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: December 19, 2013 at 01:01 AM (#4620670)
Once A-Rod gets his author's advance, he'll have plenty of spare cash to buy the 1996 MVP and pay for the corrective re-engraving.


It would be hilarious if another player bid on the trophy and then publicly announced he was changing the inscription.
   15. just plain joe Posted: December 19, 2013 at 09:39 AM (#4620718)
Jim Palmer did something similar with his Cy Young trophies earlier this year.


Didn't Palmer say that he actually could use the money? I somewhat remember reading that his step-son had some medical issues and that he was starting to feel strapped for cash.
   16. My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: December 19, 2013 at 09:45 AM (#4620721)
What, there's actually a team called the Steroids? Where do they play, in Vegas?


You jest, and yet that my team name on Baseball Stars was We Use Steroids (WUS for short).
   17. Morty Causa Posted: December 19, 2013 at 09:50 AM (#4620723)
There have been a lot of actors and directors who have shown a similar disregard for awards, including the Oscar.
   18. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: December 19, 2013 at 10:45 AM (#4620763)
It would be hilarious if another player bid on the trophy and then publicly announced he was changing the inscription.

Heck, if I had a thousand bucks to blow I'd buy Livan Hernandez's Silver Slugger award and put my name on it. If they give a Silver Slugger to pitchers they should give one to microbiologists.
   19. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 19, 2013 at 10:46 AM (#4620764)
Do we know he has financial problems? Sure, he should have taken have the Tigers' offer, but he still made $87M. Maybe he just doesn't want the award clutter.


It kinda sounds like he just wants nothing to do with baseball anymore. He declined an offer to be in the Rangers HOF. Baseball players never decline honors!

I am disappointed there is no Royals gear for sale. His jersey is in pristine shape! Never before used!
   20. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: December 19, 2013 at 10:55 AM (#4620779)
Didn't Palmer say that he actually could use the money? I somewhat remember reading that his step-son had some medical issues and that he was starting to feel strapped for cash.


He said he wanted some extra money, but he didn't need it in the sense that he was strapped. Regardless, if the awards themselves held great significance, he may have acted differently about raising any dough.
   21. Jim (jimmuscomp) Posted: December 19, 2013 at 10:55 AM (#4620781)
"Baseball players never decline honors!", exclaimed Mariano Rivera. (2013)
   22. Bug Selig Posted: December 19, 2013 at 12:34 PM (#4620880)
Hall of Fame manager Pat Moran was a student of the game


Okay, I'll bite, what are they talking about? I sort of like Pat Moran, for his work with the Phillies, and he piloted the Reds to 96 wins in 1919 which is often overlooked in the "Black Sox" story. But what HOF?


You misunderstand. He managed a Hall of Fame. Or something.
   23. Mickey Henry Mays Posted: December 19, 2013 at 07:12 PM (#4621308)
Now if we could get him to do the same thing with his 1998 trophy...
   24. smileyy Posted: December 19, 2013 at 07:54 PM (#4621331)
Jim Palmer did something similar with his Cy Young trophies earlier this year. I don't know if this is the reason, but it's quite possible these guys have discovered they don't need the physical representations of their honors. Whether Juan Gonzalez possesses his MVP trophies doesn't change the fact he was a two-time MVP. The latter may be all he needs.


MVP status should be tied to possession of the trophy.

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