Thursday, June 30, 2016

Player Profile: Bob Brower

I have fourteen cards of Bob Brower. This one is from 1989 Bowman.

Playing career: Outfielder Bob Brower had a solid rookie season in 1987, hitting .261 with 14 HR and 46 RBI. His numbers may have been inflated by the unusual home run environment of 1987 though; he only hit 3 more in two seasons with the Rangers and Yankees afterward. A fuller account of his career can be found at the 1988 Topps Blog.

Where he is now: After his playing career he was one of the first agents hired by Scott Boras for his company. After many years with the Boras Corporation he left in 2013 to stay closer to his home, opening the Home Plate Club instructional facility in Hutchinson, KS.

My memories: I remember being somewhat excited about the Yankees getting him, as he had at least a decent reputation thanks to that 1987 season. Unfortunately he made very little impact on that disappointing 1989 team.

Google Autocomplete results: He is fourth when you type Bob Brow, between Bob Browne Northern Trust, the company’s Chief Investment Officer, and Bob Brown Football, a former offensive lineman for the Philadelphia Eagles. Another prominent Bob Brower was the founder of Circle M Day Camp, one of the first desegregated day camps in the Chicago area.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Jim Brower.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Player Profile: Scott Brow

I have four cards of Scott Brow. This one is from 1993 Fleer Final Edition.

Playing career: Scott Brow pitched for the Blue Jays and Diamondbacks from 1993 to 1998. In 59 games he went 3-4 with 2 saves and a 6.06 ERA. A fuller account of his career can be found at The Greatest 21 Days.

Where he is now: Product Engineering Manager at ON Semiconductor in Phoenix.

My memories: Only know him from his card.

Google Autocomplete results: He is first when you google Scott Brow . There do not appear to be any other prominent Scott Brows.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Bob Brower.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Player Profile: Ben Broussard

I have thirteen cards of Ben Broussard. This one is from 2003 Fleer Tradition.

Playing career: First baseman Ben Broussard played seven seasons in the major leagues, mostly for the Indians and Mariners. He had four straight seasons of 15+ home runs from 2003 to 2006 and finished his career hitting .263 with 87 HR and 314 RBI in 705 games.

Where he is now: He is a professional musician who has recorded two albums of soft rock music, Ben Broussard and Renovated.

My memories: I remember him as a big slugger, one of many the Indians seemed to churn out those days. I would have guessed he had well over 100 home runs; didn’t realize how short his career was.

Google Autocomplete results: He is first when you type Ben Brou, ahead of Ben Broughton, a real estate agent in Illinois. Another prominent Ben Broussard is VP of Development at the LSU Tiger Athletic Foundation.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Scott Brow.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Player Profile: Mark Brouhard

I have thirteen cards of Mark Brouhard. This one is from 1984 Fleer.

Playing career: Mark Brouhard was a backup outfielder for the Brewers from 1980 to 1985. In 304 games he hit .259 with 25 HR and 104 RBI. In his only career playoff game he had a single, double and home run in Game 4 of the 1982 ALCS. A fuller account of his career can be found at the 1983 Topps Blog.

Where he is now: Owns MB Painting in Camarillo, CA.

My memories: Only know him from his card.

Google Autocomplete results: He is the only entry when you google Mark Brouh. There do not appear to be any other prominent Mark Brouhards.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Ben Broussard.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Player Profile: Rex Brothers

I have five cards of Rex Brothers. This one is from 2015 Topps.

Playing career: Rex Brothers pitched for the Rockies from 2011 to 2015. In 286 games, all in relief, he went 16-11 with 20 saves and a 3.42 ERA. 19 of those saves came in 2013, when he was the Rockies’ closer.

Where he is now: He was traded to the Cubs in the off-season, and released in spring training. Does not appear to have signed on with a new team.

My memories: Only know him from his card.

Google Autocomplete results: He is second when you type Rex B, between Rex Begonia, a flower, and Rex Bunny, a rabbit. There do not appear to be any other prominent Rex Brotherses.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Mark Brouhard.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Player Profile: Terry Bross

I have eight cards of Terry Bross. This one is from 1992 Score.

Playing career: Terry Bross pitched in the major leagues for the Mets in 1991 and the Giants in 1993. In ten games he went 0-0 with a 3.00 ERA.

Where he is now: He is a major league players agent best known for using porn star Bibi Jones to attract clients. "He would kind of use me to get baseball players to sign with one of his agents," said Jones. "It was just like I was arm candy for him. I was the one that wanted to hook up with these guys.” Among the ballplayers Jones hooked up with after being introduced by Bross was then-Braves 2B Dan Uggla, who later hired Bross as his agent.

My memories: Only know him from his card.

Google Autocomplete results: He is tenth when you type Terry Bro, behind Terry Brock, a columnist. There do not appear to be any other prominent Terry Brosses.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Rex Brothers.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Wallet Card with Stikman

The mysterious Stikman has been posting street art in the form of little robot figures on NYC streets for over 20 years. From the Street Museum of Art website: "These small, robot-like figures found in pedestrian walkways are distorted by every tire mark and foot step that cross them.  Passed over by countless people each day, the pavement paintings often times go by unnoticed.  By hiding his work in plain sight, Stikman encourages the public to open their eyes and be observant to their surroundings."

Here is a Stikman at the intersection of 49th Street and 6th Avenue.
By comparison, here is the same Stikman in 2014 from flickr user Brecht Bug:

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Player Profile: Jason Brosnan

I have one card of Jason Brosnan, from 1991 Line Drive.

Playing career: Jason Brosnan pitched eleven years of professional baseball, mostly in the Dodgers organization. In 340 games (95 starts) he went 50-42 with a 4.04 ERA.

Where he is now: Head Varsity Baseball Coach at California High School in San Ramon, CA.

My memories: Only know him from his card.

Google Autocomplete results: He is seventh when you type Jason Bros, between Jason Brostrom, a Financial Advisor at Edwards Jones, and Jason Brous, a knifemaker. Another prominent Jason Brosnan is Director, Mutual Fund Tax at Virtus Investment Partners.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Terry Bross.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Wallet Card at some old signs

The Trailer Park Lounge on West 23rd Street has some unique decor, including some old (or maybe just old-style signs that I like.

It's hard to tell in this long shot but their sign features a Pepsi "privilege sign" with the word Pepsi covered over with another sign that says "Good Food".
 Closer up (and you can tell this was taken on a different day) you can see a variety of signs on the door, including a vintage-looking Coca-Cola sign. If you zoom in on the door you will also see old 7-Up signs and a Bond Bread sign. Bond was a major baker throughout much of the 20th century - they even put out baseball cards in the 1940s - that appears to have gone out of business in the early 1980s.
As the decor seems to change regularly I will try for more (and better) pictures next time I'm in this area.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Player Profile: Scott Brosius

I have 61 cards of Scott Brosius. This one is from 1997 Pinnacle.

Playing career: Third baseman Scott Brosius played eleven seasons for the A’s and Yankees, hitting .257 with 141 HR and 531 RBI. His best seasons was 1998, when he hit .300 with 19 HR and 98 RBI, making the All Star team. His postseason was even better, earning World Series MVP honors by hitting .471 with two home runs, including one off of Trevor Hoffman to win Game 3. He also fielded the last out of the World Series that year.

My memories: He was a Yankee fan favorite as the third baseman for their 1998-2000 World Champion teams. (Though when he wasn’t going well he was occasionally referred to as Scott Atrocious). He kindly answered my questions on baseball cards for this blog in 2009.

Where he is now: Hitting coach for the Mariners’ AAA team in Tacoma.

Google Autocomplete results: He is tenth when you type Scott Br, behind Scott Braun, a reporter for the MLB Network. There do not appear to be any other prominent Scott Brosiuses.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Jason Brosnan.