Astros Jeff Bagwell Featured on Hand-Painted Baseball Glove

Hall of Famer Bagwell Receives Glove Artwork

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I recently had the honor of being asked to create a one-of-a-kind painting as a special gift for 2017 Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Jeff Bagwell.

One of Bagwell's close friends commissioned this painted glove, which was given to him this week to coincide with his induction festivities in Cooperstown.

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Rawlings Mitt as Canvas for Bagwell Art

The painting is on a new Rawlings first base mitt, the Pro JB5 model, named for Bagwell.

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The glove was made expressly for this project and has his name stitched on it. (Somewhat reminiscent to the Ryan Howard glove painted for the Phillies last year.)

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Bagwell Painted Glove Design

With a 15-year baseball career full of milestones, a big challenge was deciding how to best use the space on the mitt to organize all of the info necessary to convey Bagwell's MLB achievements.

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Pouring over the graphic elements relating to Bagwell's time with the Astros from 1991 to 2005, I decided the star element and his uniform number 5 -- along with his iconic batting stance that the client requested -- would be the key anchors of the design.

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The Astros color palette of burgundy and black towards the end of Bagwell's career seems to best compliment the glove's black and tan appearance.

Bagwell Batting Portrait

Since the person being depicted is also the recipient of this painting, getting Bagwell's likeness as close as possible was key and the biggest challenge.

(The fabric held in place by masking tape covers areas of the glove I've already painted, keeping those parts protected from sweaty hands and fingers that might (probably!) have paint on them.)

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Even though the portrait is only about the size of my thumb, there's no mistaking which "Killer B" is up to bat.

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The painting is created using acrylic paints and varnishes -- and many fine-tipped brushes.

Hand-Lettered Awards and Stats

The glove is hand-lettered with highlights of Bagwell's many awards, including 1991 NL Rookie of the Year, 1994 National League MVP, 4-time All-Star, Gold Glove winner, and 1994 Player of the Year Award.

I used the Astros uniform font as the basis for my hand-lettered type with some artistic license, including italicizing/tilting it a bit.

A few career statistics totals are listed on the thumb side of the glove: Batting average .297, Hits 2,314, Home Runs 449, RBI 1,529 and Fielding .993 .

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Recognizing Bagwell's close relationship with Darryl Kile, the client requested that the design include a reference to the "DK 57" memorial patch that was worn on uniforms upon Kile's death in 2002.

Design Details on Bagwell Baseball Glove Art

While not a member of the Astros during the prime 'Tequila Sunrise' uniform days (more about this at Uni-watch.com -- external link), the iconic red/orange/yellow rainbow is so linked to the visual identity of the Houston franchise, I wanted to be sure to reference it on the painting -- especially as Bagwell played his entire career with the team.

Bagwell is synonymous with wearing number 5 in Houston and the Astros retired his number in 2007. Taking design cues from the glove's design, the web lends itself ideally as placement for a number 5.

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A reference to the Astros 2005 NL Championship and Bagwell's appearance in the World Series is placed in the webbing as well.

Lastly, once painted and a light matte finish is applied to protect the work, the first base mitt is displayed on a museum stand.

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Hopefully this artwork will be a cherished keepsake enjoyed by Jeff and his family for many years to come!

Commissioning Custom Glove Art

If you'd like to learn more about commissioning a custom painted glove for yourself or as a gift, you can learn more here and contact me for more information.

Sean Kane's painted baseball glove art is in the permanent collection of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, The National Pastime Museum and is in private collections across the U.S.

His clients include the Philadelphia Phillies and Milwaukee Brewers Fantasy Camp.

Sean's glove paintings have been featured on ESPN.com, NBC Sports.com, and MLB Network Radio and have recognized by the National Art Museum of Sport.

Sean has been a professional artist for over 20 years and a baseball fan since he was old enough to wear his dad's childhood mitt.

Yogi Berra Baseball Glove Painting

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Berra Depicted on a Vintage Catcher's Mitt

Hall of Fame catcher's career is celebrated on this vintage baseball glove by artist Sean Kane.

  •     Original acrylic painting on 1950s mitt
  •     Approximately 10 inches x 9 inches
  •     Hand-painted portrait and lettering highlighting Berra's career
  •     Arrives with display easel for enjoying on your desk or shelf
  •     Created with top quality materials to protect its longevity and lifetime of enjoyment

$3000

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For questions about this artwork, giving it as a gift, etc., I'd be happy to talk with you. Please phone 519-836-5647 or email sean@seankane.com

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Yankees great Larry "Yogi" Berra

Berra is celebrated with this hand-painted depiction on a mitt from the era in which he helped the Bronx Bombers win ten World Series championships.

Berra's three MVP seasons and 15 straight All-Star appearances are noted, as is his Hall of Fame induction in 1972.

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Berra's career stats are included next to his retired number 8.

The Spalding catcher's mitt has a stamped Larry "Yogi" Berra signature below a stamped illustration of a catcher.

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This baseball keepsake is sure to be a conversation-starter.

This baseball glove art of Yogi Berra painted by Sean Kane is available for $3000.

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Sean Kane's baseball glove art is in the collection of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and is part of the "Chasing Dreams" exhibit at the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art. Sean was recognized as “Artist of the Month” by the National Art Museum of Sport. His work has been commissioned by the Philadelphia Phillies and The National Pastime Museum.

Inquires about paintings and commissioning glove artworks are welcome. Please contact sean@seankane.com or telephone 519-836-5647.

Lou Gehrig Baseball Glove Painting

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"The Iron Horse" Featured on a Vintage First Base Mitt

The Pride of the Yankees, Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig is portrayed on this vintage baseball glove painted by artist Sean Kane.

  • Original acrylic painting on late 1920s-early '30s baseball glove
  • First base mitt is approximately 7.5 inches x 8.5 inches
  • Displayed in leather-wrapped wood frame, outside dimensions 12 x 13 inches
  • Hand-painted portrait and lettering highlighting Gehrig's career

This painting has been sold.

For questions about other artwork and creating new custom glove paintings, I'd be happy to talk with you. Please phone 519-836-5647 or email sean@seankane.com

Yankees Great Lou Gehrig

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Gehrig is celebrated with this hand-painted depiction on a mitt from the era in which he helped the Bronx Bombers win six World Series championships.

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The Iron Horse's 2130 consecutive games streak is noted as are his 1927 and 1936 MVP seasons.

Gehrig helped lead the Yankees to World Championships in 1927, 1928, 1932, 1936, 1937 and 1938, which is hand-lettered on the ribbon under his name.

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The buckle-back, paneled mitt is for a left-handed thrower, like Gehrig.

The mitt is from the late '20s - early '30s era.

Pictured below is Gehrig's 1928 R315 baseball card showing him wearing a glove similar in style to the one used for this painting.

 

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The inspirational Gehrig played for the Yankees from 1923 until 1939, when he was forced to retire at age 36 due to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), now commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig's Disease.

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Gehrig was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1939 after a career that included 493 home runs, 1995 RBIs, and a career .340 batting average.  And his fielding percentage at first base was .991, all the more reason to depict him on a mitt!

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The frame is made in Italy, angus waxed-leather finish in dutch black. The glove is wire-mounted with a cloth mat. Handsome and classic, ideally complimenting the glove artwork.

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Ideal centerpiece for an office or man-cave centerpiece, this baseball keepsake is sure to be a conversation-starter.

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While this painting has been sold, questions and inquiries about available and custom glove art are welcomed. Contact via Email or by phone at 519-836.5647 to make purchase and shipping arrangements.

Sean Kane's baseball glove art is in the collection of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and is part of the "Chasing Dreams" exhibit at the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art. Sean was recognized as “Artist of the Month” by the National Art Museum of Sport. His work has been commissioned by the Philadelphia Phillies and The National Pastime Museum.

Inquires about paintings and commissioning glove artworks are welcome. Please contact sean@seankane.com or telephone 519-836-5647.

Milwaukee Brewers 1987 Team Streak Glove Painting

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30th Anniversary '87 Team Celebrated on Art at Brewers Fantasy Camp 2017

The latest Brewers Fantasy Camp featured art I created which focused on the legendary 1987 Milwaukee Brewers, who began their season with a 13-game winning streak.

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"Team Streak", as they became known, is probably one of my most ambitious glove art paintings so far.

Incorporated in the design are five players key to the excitement of the 1987 Brewers:

Paul Molitor had a 39-game hit streak that season and is depicted coming out of the batters box after his hit in the last game of his streak.

Juan Nieves is depicted throwing the Brewers first no-hitter, a game caught by Bill Schroeder.

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Teddy Higuera threw 32 consecutive scoreless innings in 1987.

Dale Sveum had the game winning home run on Easter Sunday, keeping the Brewers winning streak alive.

And Rob Deer led the way on the Sports Illustrated cover story about the hot Milwaukee team. The image of him on the cover of SI was the basis for my portrait of him.

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Being a painting about a team, it seemed natural that the whole team should be represented. All player names from the '87 Brewers roster plus manager Tom Trebelhorn are included in the design.

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The catcher's mitt is a pro model 1980s Rawlings, matching the era of the team depicted. While not the exact style used by Bill Schroeder the night he caught the Nieves no-hitter, the mitt did make for an ideal canvas for this painting

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Speaking of canvas, getting in close to capture all the pinstripes and portrait details, I relented and wore a jewelers magnifier. Getting this one completed was definitely a workout for the eyes and looked completely ridiculous, too!

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This glove art was part of the fundraising efforts of Brewers Fantasy Camp. The raffle for the "Team Streak" art raised money for Stars and Stripes Honor Flight of Wisconsin.

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The winner of the framed painted glove was Fantasy Camper Scott F., who says he already knows exactly where it's going to hang in his home.

Framed "Team Streak" Baseball Glove Art with artist Sean Kane and winner of the painting.

Framed "Team Streak" Baseball Glove Art with artist Sean Kane and winner of the painting.

While not raised as a native Brewers fan, it's hard not to root for such a great group of guys and the opportunity to share my work with them in the desert the past few winters.

Maryvale Stadium, Phoenix, getting ready for Brewers Fantasy Camp game.

Maryvale Stadium, Phoenix, getting ready for Brewers Fantasy Camp game.

Cecil Cooper at clubhouse meeting

Cecil Cooper at clubhouse meeting

Previous paintings for the Brewers Fantasy Camp included '82 Brew Crew and Cecil Cooper glove art

 

 

 

 

Bill Schroeder addressing Q&A Night

Bill Schroeder addressing Q&A Night

Big thanks to Brewers TV analyst and fantasy camp organizer Bill Schroeder, ace photographer Rick Ramirez and the Brewers camp staff and former players for welcoming me back to Phoenix for the third year in a row.

Sean Kane's baseball glove art has been commissioned by the Philadelphia Phillies, is in the collection of The National Pastime Museum and Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and private collections across the country.  Sean was recognized as “Artist of the Month” by the National Art Museum of Sport.

Baseball Glove Art Featuring Bob Uecker

Bob Uecker Baseball Glove Painting

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"Mr. Baseball" featured on one-of-a-kind Baseball Art

Baseball announcer, retired baseball player and comedic actor Bob Uecker is portrayed as a member of the Milwaukee Braves on this vintage baseball glove painted by artist Sean Kane.

  • Original acrylic painting on classic leather baseball mitt
  • 1960's Rawlings mitt is approximately 11 in. w x 10.5 in. h
  • Hand-painted portrait and lettering of Uecker from his playing days.
  • Mitt arrives with wood display easel, ready to be displayed
  • For gifts, a card with your personalized message can be included
  • Created with top quality materials to protect its longevity and lifetime of enjoyment

$2800


    
Shipping is Free. Purchaser pays No sales tax for deliveries to the U.S.

Please allow 5-7 business days for your painted glove art to arrive. Need it quicker? Just let me know.

For questions about this artwork, giving it as a gift, etc., I'd be happy to talk with you. Please phone 519-836-5647 or email sean@seankane.com

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Bob Uecker is probably best known for his roles as radio announcer for the Milwaukee Brewers and as a comedic actor.

Uecker starred in the popular "Major League" movies as the announcer Harry Doyle.

He appeared regularly in the sitcom "Mr. Belvedere". Uecker was also a frequent guest on Johnny Carson's "Tonight Show".  Uecker is also known for his role in the popular Miller Lite commercials.

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From 1962 to 1967, Uecker was a catcher for the Milwaukee Braves, St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies and Atlanta Braves.

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He was part of the 1964 St. Louis Cardinals World Championship team.

Bob Uecker was inducted into the broadcaster wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2003.

In a nod to Mr. Uecker's sense of humor, this depiction of him is based on one of his Topps baseball card photos. In the baseball card photo he is shown in a left-handed batting pose -- even though he was a right-handed batter. Classic Ueck.

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Given Bob Uecker's connection to Milwaukee -- being raised there, making his MLB debut with the Milwaukee Braves and long tenure as Brewers play-by-play announcer -- it seemed natural to portray him with a Milwaukee cap on in this detailed painted portrait.

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The glove is a '60s era Rawlings HOH X professional model glove, approximately 11 inches wide by 10.5 inches tall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ideal office bookshelf or man-cave centerpiece, this museum-quality baseball keepsake is sure to turn heads and start conversations.

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This baseball glove art of Bob Uecker painted by Sean Kane is available for $2800.

Click Purchase button to be taken to secure checkout via PayPal.

Questions and inquiries are welcomed. Contact via Email or by phone at 519-836.5647 to make purchase and shipping arrangements.

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(On a fun personal note, I was fortunate to get to sit "in the front row" with Mr. Uecker at Brewers Fantasy Camp in 2016!)

Sean Kane's baseball glove art is in the collection of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and private collections across the country.  Sean was recognized as “Artist of the Month” by the National Art Museum of Sport.

Inquires about paintings and commissioning glove artworks are welcome. Please contact sean@seankane.com or telephone 519-836-5647.

Baseball Glove Art Featuring Eddie Murray

First Base Mitt turned into Painting of Hall of Famer Eddie Murray

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"Steady Eddie" portrayed with career stats and milestones on Wilson A2800 glove.

• This painted glove has been sold. - Inquire about commissioning a Painted Glove •

The detailed painting of Murray depicts him in his iconic batting stance, hat under helmet, wearing number 33 for the Baltimore Orioles.

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He was a pivotal member of the 1983 Orioles team that became World Series Champions. Murray also played for the Dodgers, Mets, Indians and Angels.

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Intricate hand-lettering highlights awards and stats from Murray's career.

The 1977 American League Rookie of the Year, Eddie Murray was also an 8-time All-Star and 3-time Gold Glove winner.

Murray is a member of the 3000 hits/500 home run club, with 3255 hits and 504 HRs along with 1917 RBIs in his career.

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Eddie Murray was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown in 2003.

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The mitt is a Wilson A2800 Dual Hinge, Pro-Back model from the 1980s, about 11 inches by 10.5 inches.

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It was a particularly difficult glove model to find, but worth the effort as it personally connects to Murray's time in the game.

Photo research suggests that he used this style of glove during his years in Baltimore and Los Angeles.

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This Painted Glove of Murray was commissioned by an individual collector and sits displayed on a museum stand.

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Similar kinds of baseball glove artworks can be custom-created for you -- on a glove you already own or one that is sourced specifically for a painting.

Questions and inquiries are welcomed. Contact via Email or by phone at 519-836.5647.

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Sean Kane's baseball glove art has been commissioned by the Philadelphia Phillies, is in the collection of The National Pastime Museum and Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and private collections across the country.  Sean was recognized as “Artist of the Month” by the National Art Museum of Sport.

Glove Art Features Don Larsen's Perfect Game in '56 World Series

60th Anniversary of Larsen's Gem Commemorated with Baseball Glove Painting

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On October 8, 1956, in Game 5 of the World Series at Yankee Stadium, Don Larsen threw a Perfect Game against the Brooklyn Dodgers, winning 2-0.

At the time, it was the first Perfect Game thrown in 34 years.

It has been immortalized by the famous image of Yogi Berra jumping into Larsen's arms in celebration after the game.

I've created my own take on the significant event using two gloves, Don Larsen and Yogi Berra signature models.

The artwork features details of Mickey Mantle's home run and outfield catch, Yankee Stadium, the scoreboard as it appeared for the last pitch and Larsen throwing the first pitch.

This painting is in the collection of The National Pastime Museum and was unveiled on October 7, 2016, on the eve of the 60th Anniversary of the Perfect Game.

More details and images to come.

Painted glove artwork by Sean Kane is in the collection of museums, private collections and has been commissioned by the Philadelphia Phillies and Milwaukee Brewers Fantasy Camp. His work has been recognized by the National Art Museum of Sport and featured on ESPN.com and MLB Network Radio.

Baseball Glove Art Presented to Phillies Ryan Howard

Philadelphia Star Honored with Painted Glove

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I had the great pleasure of being commissioned by the Philadelphia Phillies to create a one-of-a-kind painting for their first baseman, Ryan Howard.

And I had the opportunity to be in attendance and announced as creator of the glove art when it was presented to Howard during a special pregame ceremony before the season finale on Sunday in Philadelphia.

 

Above: Video of glove presentation. (If not, can be viewed at this link.)

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Glove art for Howard shown on the Phillies "Phana-vision" scoreboard.

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The painting is on a new Rawlings first base mitt. The glove was sent to me by Rawlings, made expressly for this project. It is the model Howard that uses and has his name stitched on the back side.

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Through the back and forth of the sketch and design process with the team, it was decided to depict Howard in his signature pointing poise, known by Phillies fans as his gesture upon crossing the plate after a home run.

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Besides the portrait of Howard, the glove is hand-lettered with highlights of his many awards, including Rookie of the Year, MVP, NLCS MVP, 3-time All-Star and Silver Slugger Award.

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Howard has been with the organization since being drafted in 2001 and was a "Big Piece" of the Phillies' 2008 World Championship and 2009 NL Championship teams.

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A Big Thanks to the Phillies front office for this opportunity (as well as creation of a special glove presented to recently traded catcher Carlos Ruiz).

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As an aside, Ryan has actually seen one of my gloves before.

At the 2014 Richie Ashburn - Harry Kalas Foundation's dinner event, he signed the glove I was commissioned to create as a fundraising item for the event. (Notice, while he throws with his left hand, he writes with his right. Not very common.)

Sean Kane's painted baseball glove art is in the permanent collection of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, The National Pastime Museum and is in private collections across the U.S.

His glove paintings have been featured on ESPN.com, NBC Sports.com, and MLB Network Radio and he was recognized as "Artist of the Month" earlier this year by the National Art Museum of Sport.

Sean has been a professional artist for over 20 years and a baseball fan since he was old enough to wear his dad's childhood mitt, a Richie Ashburn model.