Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Player Profile: Pedro Borbon

I have three cards of Pedro Borbon. This one is from 1978 Topps.

Playing career: Pedro Borbon was a key member of the bullpen of the Big Red Machine. A member of the Reds for twelve of his fourteen MLB seasons, Borbon went 69-39 with 80 saves and a 3.52 ERA in 593 games. He was excellent in the postseason, going 1-1 with 3 saves and a 2.42 ERA in 20 games.

Post-playing career: Borbon stayed active in baseball as a coach for a number of years. He died of cancer in 2012.

My memories: Before my time. Only know him from his card.

Interesting facts: His son, Pedro Borbon Jr., also pitched in the major leagues.

Google Autocomplete results: He is fifth when you type Pedro B, between Pedro Barros, a skater, and Pedro Brieger, a sociology professor at the University of Buenos Aires. There do not appear to be any other prominent Pedro Borbons.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Pedro Borbon Jr.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Player Profile: Josh Booty

I have two cards of Josh Booty. This one is from 1998 Upper Deck.

Playing career: Third baseman Josh Booty played five years of professional baseball, including three in the majors with the Florida Marlins, winning a World Series ring in 1997. In 13 major league games he hit .269 with 0 HR and 4 RBI. A two-sport star in college, he also played briefly in the NFL. He attempted a comeback as a knuckleball pitcher for the Diamondbacks in 2013 after winning the reality show competition “The Knuckler,” but was released at the end of spring training.

Where he is now: A Director for Oxygenade, a bottled-water company.

My memories: He shared his thoughts on baseball cards with this blog in 2012.

Google Autocomplete results: He is sixth when you type Josh Bo, between Josh Boyce, a wide receiver for the Patriots, and Josh Bonati, an audio master in New York. There do not appear to be any other prominent Josh Bootys.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Pedro Borbon.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Player Profile: Chris Bootcheck

I have one card of Chris Bootcheck, from 2006 Upper Deck.

Playing career: Chris Bootcheck pitched in 91 major league games for the Angels, Pirates and Yankees from 2003 to 2013. He went 3-7 with a 6.57 ERA.

Where he is now: In the Phillies organization in 2014, he split the season between AA and AAA, going 4-8 with a 5.17 ERA in sixteen starts.

My memories: He was one of many players with brief appearances for the Yankees last year, but his may have been the shortest – one inning.

Google Autocomplete results: He is fourth when you type Chris Boo, between Chris Boomer, referring to sportscaster Chris “Boomer” Berman, and Chris Boothe, CEO of Spark. There do not appear to be any other prominent Chris Bootchecks.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Josh Booty.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Player Profile: Kevin Bootay

I have one card of Kevin Bootay, from 1990 ProCards.

Playing career: Outfielder Kevin Bootay played in the Rangers and Phillies organizations from 1984 to 1989. In 503 games he hit .255 with 12 HR, 161 RBI and 172 SB.

Where he is now: A scout for the White Sox.

My memories: Only know him from his card.

Google Autocomplete results: He does not appear in Google Autocomplete. There do not appear to be any other prominent Kevin Bootays.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Chris Bootcheck.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Player Profile: Danny Boone

I have four cards of Danny Boone. This one is from 1982 Donruss.

Playing career: Danny Boone was a 27-year-old rookie who had a good season for the Padres in 1981, going 1-0 with 2 saves and a 2.84 ERA in 37 games. He struggled in 1982 for the Padres and Astros, and was quickly out of baseball. Later in the 1980s, he started experimenting with a knuckleball in the MSBL and Senior League, and was proficient enough to make a comeback with the Orioles. In 1990 he pitched in four games for the Orioles, eight years after his previous major league appearance. A fuller account of his career can be found at The Greatest 21 Days.

Interesting facts: A 1990 article notes “that his birth certificate actually says ‘Danny’ Boone on it, but both his baseball card and the baseball encyclopedia list him as Daniel Boone.” More recently, Baseball Reference has his name similarly wrong. Boone is a direct descendant of Benjamin Boone, brother of famous pioneer Daniel Boone. Former MLB catcher Bob Boone has stated that his family are also direct relations of Daniel Boone, meaning that Danny is at least distantly related to the famous baseball family.

My memories: I remember seeing his 1990 Score baseball card and being impressed by this guy who came out of nowhere to return to the major leagues, and with a cool family history to boot.

Where he is now: Anyone know where Danny Boone is now?

Google Autocomplete results: He is second when you type Danny Boo, between Danny Boome, a TV chef, and Danny Boone Fish Grease, referring to a singer and his song. Most of the entries on the first page of Google results are for the singer.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Kevin Bootay.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Trade with Night Owl

I sent a few 1981 Donruss cards to Night Owl and he responded with a very generous package of cards.

He sent a bunch of cards from 2010 and 2011 Topps, including this guy who is probably his favorite of the players he sent. He's supposed to be a pretty good pitcher, this guy Kershaw.
 There were a lot of older cards too, including some 1992 Donruss Triple Play. The trivia question on the back of Tim Teufel's card sure is a weird one, seemingly highlighting Donruss's lack of range.
 My favorite cards in the package, however, were a bunch from the 1989 Bakersfield Dodgers. I love that their cap is basically the same as a Brooklyn Dodgers cap.
Thanks, Night Owl!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Player Profile: Bret Boone

I have 82 cards of Bret Boone. This one is from 1992 Score Traded. 

Playing career: Part of baseball’s legendary Boone family, second baseman Bret Boone had a solid if unspectacular career for the Reds, Braves and Padres before signing with the Mariners as a free agent in 2001. In Seattle his power numbers took off, hitting .331 with 37 HR and a league-leading 141 RBI. He put up similar numbers in 2002 and 2003, but his production declined swiftly after that, and he retired after the 2005 season. Such a marked and brief increase in production late in his career led many, most prominently Jose Canseco in his book Juiced, accuse Boone of taking steroids, but these accusations have never been proven. 

Where he is now: He was a spring training instructor this year for the Oakland A’s.

My memories: I remember him as one of the many out-of-nowhere power hitters in the early 00’s. Whether it was steroids, a juiced ball, or something else, there were a lot of random guys like Boone suddenly becoming stars.

Google Autcomplete results: He is fourth when you type Bret B, between Bret Baier Special Report with Bret Baier, Television Program, a Fox News show, and Bret Bielema, head football coach at Arkansas. Another prominent Bret Boone is a realtor in Oklahoma.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Danny Boone.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Player Profile: Bob Boone

I have 56 cards of Bob Boone. This one is from 1986 Topps. 

Playing career: Part of baseball’s legendary Boone family, Bob Boone caught for nineteen years in the major leagues for the Phillies, Angels and Royals.  A seven-time Gold Glove winner, Boone hit .254 with 105 HR and 826 RBI in 2,264 games. He was a terrific post-season hitter, hitting .311 with 2 HR and 13 RBI in 36 games. In 1980, he helped the Phillies win the World Series by hitting .412.

My memories: I remember him being considered the best defensive catcher in baseball in the 1980s, but no specific memories.

Where he is now: He managed the Royals and Reds for three years each, with mediocre results. He is currently the Vice President, Player Personnel for the Washington Nationals.

Google Autocomplete results: He sixth when you type Bob Bo, between Bob Bondurant, owner of a racing school, and Bob Bowman, a swimming coach. Another prominent Bob Boone is a distribution center manager for McKesson.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Bret Boone.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Player Profile: Aaron Boone

I have 37 cards of Aaron Boone. This one is from 2004 Bazooka. 

Playing career: Part of baseball’s legendary Boone family, Aaron Boone was a decent third baseman for the Reds in the late 90s and early00s. He was traded for the Yankees in 2003 and did not do particlarly well, hitting .254 with 6 HR and 31 RBI in 54 games. He was even worse in the postseason, hitting .170 with 2 HR and 4 RBI in 17 games. That makes that one swing of the bat in Game 7 of the ALCS against Boston all the more unbelievable! Of course, after the 2003 season Boone hurt himself playing basketball, leading to the Yankees’ trading for A-Rod. Boone himself would come back, bouncing around Cleveland, Florida and Washington, and ended his career with a hitless ten-game appearance for the Astros in 2009 following open-heart surgery.

My memories: I was feeling pretty pessimistic about Game 7 and couldn’t bear to watch, and was instead listening to the radio in my bed when Boone hit that walk-off.

Where he is now: An announcer for ESPN.

Google Autocomplete results: He is second when you type Aaron B, between Aaron Burr, the former Vice President, and Aaron Brothers, an art supplies chain. Another prominent Aaron Boone was a wide reciever in the Arena Football League.

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

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Player Profile: Rod Booker

I have seven cards of Rod Booker. This one is from 1987 Fleer Update. 

Playing career: Infielder Rod Booker played for the Cardinals and Phillies from 1987 to 1991. In 173 games he hit .248 with 0 HR and 28 RBI.

Where he is now: A business technology and strategy consultant and youth baseball coach in Virginia.

My memories: Only know him from his card.

Google Autocomplete results: He is second when you type Rod Boo, between Rod Boone, a basketball writer for Newsday, and Rod Boothby, COO of NPM. Another prominent Rod Booker is a basketball player at Georgia Perimeter College.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Aaron Boone.