Thursday, April 24, 2014

Player Profile: Larry Bigbie

I have ten cards of Larry Bigbie. This one is from 2002 Topps.

Playing career: Outfielder Larry Bigbie played six seasons in the major leagues for the Orioles, Rockies and Cardinals. In 392 games he hit .267 with 31 HR and 137 RBI.

Interesting facts: After he was set up in a federal sting, Bigbie agreed to cooperated with the investigators of the Mitchell Report, confirming the steroid use of former Orioles teammates. The Orioles and Yankees were the two teams with the most players mentioned in the report commissioned by the part-owner of the Boston Red Sox.

Where he is now: Owns Bigbie’s Shore Performance baseball instruction facility in Centreville, MD.

My memories: I remember him vaguely as part of the mediocre Orioles teams of the early 00’s but nothing specific.

Google Autocomplete results: He is first when you type Larry Big, ahead of Larry Biggers, VP at MV Transportation. There do not appear to be any other prominent Larry Bigbies.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Craig Biggio.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Player Profile: Brad Bierley

I have two cards of Brad Bierley. This one is from 1990 ProCards.

Playing career: Outfielder Brad Bierley was a star for the Twins AA team in Orlando in 1986 and 1987, hitting 22 home runs both years. He was promoted to AAA and struggled to put up the same numbers in two seasons for the Twins’ AAA team in Portland and the Cubs AAA team in Iowa. A fuller account of his career can be found at The Greatest 21 Days.

Where he is now: Owns Double B Construction & Remodel in Sparks, NV. 

My memories: Only know him from his card.

Google Autocomplete results: He is seventh when you type Brad Bie, between Brad Biehl, Senior Developer at TMW Systems, and Brad Bieberich, Market Developer at Ameristar Fence. There do not appear to be any other prominent Brad Bierleys.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Larry Bigbie.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Player Profile: Randor Bierd

I have two cards of Randor Bierd. This one is from 2008 Upper Deck.

Playing career: Randor Bierd pitched seven seasons of professional baseball. He made the major leagues in 2008 with Baltimore, going 0-2 with a 4.91 ERA in 29 games.

My memories: Only know him from his card.

Where he is now: Anyone know where Randor Bierd is now?

Google Autocomplete results: He is fifth when you type Randor , between Randor Guy, an Indian writer, and Randor Bicycle, a former bike manufacturer. There do not appear to be any other prominent Randor Bierds.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Brad Bierley.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Player Profile: Greg Biercevicz

I have two cards of Greg Biercevicz. This one is from 1980 Topps.

Playing career: Greg Biercevicz was drafted by the Mariners in 1977 and immediately made a big splash at Class-A Bellingham, going 11-1 with a 0.90 ERA. The next season he was promoted to AAA, a level he would pitch at for eight years without ever making the major leagues. Overall, in 200 minor league games (173 at AAA), he went 69-58 with a 3.93 ERA.

My memories: Only know him from his card.

Where he is now: Anyone know where Greg Biercevicz is now?

Google Autocomplete results: He is second when you type Greg Bierc, between Greg Bieck, a musician, and Greg Bierck, a salesman at Interstate Casings. There do not appear to be any other prominent Greg Bierceviczes.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Randor Bierd.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Player Profile: Nick Bierbrodt

I have four cards of Nick Bierbrodt. This one is from 2002 Topps.

Playing career: Nick Bierbrodt pitched for the Diamondbacks, Devil Rays and Indians from 2001 to 2004. In 38 games he went 6-9 with a 6.66 ERA.

Interesting facts: In spring training of 2002 Bierbrodt was making a late-night Hardee’s run when he got into a verbal exchange with a youth on a bicycle, complaining that his rap music was too loud. The youth shot Bierbrodt three times in the arm and abdomen. Bierbrodt missed the entire 2002 season but made a full recovery.

In 2011 Bierbrodt married the widow of his former Rays teammate Joe Kennedy.

Where he is now: He is a firefighter (Evans Fire District) and youth baseball coach (Boulder Bisons) in Colorado.

My memories: Only know him from his card.

Google Autocomplete results: He is seventh when you type Nick Bier, between Nick Biershenk Ole Miss, referring to the school’s Assistant Golf Coach, and Nick Biere, a Field Engineer at MA Mortenson. Another prominent Nick Bierbrodt is a Technology Consulting Associate at McGladrey.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Greg Biercevicz.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Player Profile: Mike Bielecki

I have 38 cards of Mike Bielecki. This one is from 1987 Fleer.

Playing career: Mike Bielecki pitched 14 seasons in the major leagues, winning 70 games. His best season was 1989, when he went 18-7 with a 3.14 ERA for the Cubs.

Where he is now: A stay-at-home dad and youth baseball coach.

My memories: He shared his favorite card with this blog in 2012.

Interesting facts: He was invited to go on the ill-fated fishing trip that claimed the lives of Tim Crews and Steve Olin, but his wife refused because she did not feel comfortable on a previous trip. Smart move by Mrs. Bielecki.

Google Autocomplete results: He is first when you type Mike Bie, ahead of Mike Bierek, an artist. Another prominent Mike Bielecki is a Government Relations Principal at the law firm Lewis Roca in Phoenix.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Nick Bierbrodt.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Player Profile: Rocky Biddle

I have four cards of Rocky Biddle. This one is from 2005 Topps.

Playing career: Rocky Biddle pitched for the White Sox and Expos from 2000 to 2004. In 198 games, he went 20-30 with a 5.47 ERA. His best year was 2003, when as the Expos closer he saved 34 games, albeit with a 5-8 record and a 4.65 ERA.

My memories: Only know him from his card.

Where he is now: Anyone know where Rocky Biddle is now?

Google Autocomplete results: He is second when you type Rocky Bi, between Rocky Biography, referring to the fictional boxer, and Rocky Bill Conti, referring to the composer for that movie. There do not appear to be any other prominent Rocky Biddles.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Mike Bielecki.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Player Profile: Eric Bickhardt

I have one card of Eric Bickhardt, from 1990 ProCards.

Playing career: Eric Bickhardt pitched four seasons in the Rangers organization, going 16-12 with a 3.31 ERA.

Where he is now: Compliance Specialist at FINRA.

My memories: Last year he shared some baseball card stories with this blog.

Google Autocomplete results: He is tenth when you type Eric Bick, after Eric Bickerstaff, a former NFL running back. Another prominent Eric Bickhardt plays high school football in Florida.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Rocky Biddle.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Player Profile: Dante Bichette Jr.

I have one card of Dante Bichette Jr., from 2012 Bowman Chrome Prospects.

Playing career: Dante Bichette Jr. was the Yankees’ first round draft pick in 2011, and has gotten off to a rough start to his minor league career. In 290 games from 2011 to 2013, he has hit .251 with 18 HR and 155 RBI, striking out 261 times.

Where he is now:So far this season he has cut down on strikeouts, but at the expense of power. In twelve games at Class-A Tampa, he is hitting .333 (12-36) with 0 HR and 3 RBI. He has walked thirteen times and only struck out eight times. Last night he was 2-4 with 2 runs scored and an RBI in an 8-7 loss to Clearwater.

My memories: I remember him as a very highly touted high school prospect. I was pleasantly surprised when the Yankees drafted him. Hopefully his struggles at ages 19 and 20 don’t mean that he peaked in high school.

Interesting facts: Son of former Rockies star Dante Bichette.

Google Autocomplete results: He is second when you type Dante B, between Dante Basco, an actor, and Dante Bichette, the former Rockies star. There do not appear to be any other prominent Dante Bichette Jrs.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Eric Bickhardt.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Player Profile: Dante Bichette

I have 93 cards of Dante Bichette. This one is from 1995 Pacific Prisms.

Playing career: Outfielder Dante Bichette was a mediocre ballplayer for the first five seasons of his career in California and Milwaukee, and the last two years in Cincinnati and Boston. However, in between he spent seven years as a hitting beast in the thin air of Colorado, where he was a four-time All-Star and twice led the NL in hits. In 1995 he just missed the Triple Crown, hitting .340 while leading the league with 40 HR and 128 RBI.  In that year’s NLDS loss to the Braves, his only playoff appearance, he hit .588 (10-17) with 1 HR and 3 RBI.

Where he is now: Owns Baseball at the Warehouse, an instructional facility in Orlando.

My memories: I remember thinking that his high offensive numbers in Colorado were due to the altitude. That’s probably mostly true, but doesn’t fully explain why his batting averages, not just power, were so much better there. He was probably better than many critics gave him credit for being.

Interesting facts: He is the father of Yankees prospect Dante Bichette Jr. Dante Sr. and current Yankees manager Joe Girardi were such good friends as Rockies teammates that Girardi named his son Dante.

Google Autocomplete results: He is third when you type Dante B, between Dante Bichette Jr, the Yankees prospect, and Dante Bayern, referring to a single-named soccer player on the Bayern Munich team. There do not appear to be any other prominent Dante Bichettes.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Dante Bichette Jr.