Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Player Profile: Arismendy Alcantara

I have one card of Arismendy Alcantara, from 2015 Topps.

Playing career: Second baseman Arismendy Alcantara made his big league debut with the Cubs in 2014. In 70 games he hit .205 with 10 HR and 29 RBI.

Where he is now: Spent most of 2015 at AAA Iowa, again displaying low batting average but some power (.231, 12 HR, 36 RBI). He did play in eleven games with the Cubs but hit just .077.

My memories: Only know him from his card.

Google Autocomplete results: He is first when you type Arism, ahead of Aritmetica, the Spanish word for arithmetic. There do not appear to be any other prominent Arismendy Alcantaras.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Jorge Alfaro.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Bobby Haney on baseball cards

Shortstop Bobby Haney played four seasons in the Giants organization. In 266 games he hit .262 with 6 HR and 96 RBI. He is now a youth baseball instructor and author of the book From Kings Park to Omaha, about his experiences growing up on Long Island and playing in the College World Series for South Carolina. He kindly answered my questions about baseball cards.

"My favorite card is a Derek Jeter rookie card and no I don't collect baseball cards."

Thanks!

Monday, February 8, 2016

Anthony Claggett on baseball cards

Anthony Claggett pitched professionally for seven years, making the major leagues with the Yankees and Pirates in 2009. In 268 minor league games he went 35-26 with a 3.32 ERA. Now an assistant coach at Riverside City College, he kindly answered my questions about baseball cards.

"I was a very big card collector when I was younger. I used to organize them by team, position and name. I think my favorite card is a old Willie Mays card that my dad got me from a garage sale. It's not in perfect condition but it's still pretty neat. I have a couple cards of myself but I gave most of the cards away to friends and family who wanted them."
Thanks!

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Player Profile: R.J. Alvarez

I have one card of R.J. Alvarez, from 2013 Topps Pro Debut.

Playing career: Originally drafted by the Angels, R.J. Alvarez was sent to the Padres in the Huston Street trade, and made his major league debut in 2014, going 0-0 with a 1.13 ERA in ten relief appearances.

Where he is now: Involved in a mid-season deal for the second straight season, Alvarez was part of the package Oakland received from Derek Norris. In 21 games with the A’s, Alvarez went 0-0 with a 9.90 ERA.

My memories: Only know him from his card.

Google Autocomplete results: He is fourth when you type R.J. A, between R.J. Anderson, an author, and R.J. Archer, a quarterback in the Arena Football League. There do not appear to be any other prominent R.J. Alvarezes.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Phillippe Aumont.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Player Profile: Yeison Asencio

I have one card of Yeison Asencio, from 2013 Topps Pro Debut.

Playing career: Outfielder Yeison Asencio signed with the Padres in 2009 and has slowly worked his way through their system. In 537 games he has hit .301 with 50 HR and 316 RBI.

Where he is now; In 2015 he played in 126 games at AA San Antonio, hitting .301 with 13 HR and 74 RBI.

My memories: Only know him from his card.

Google Autocomplete results: He is fifth when you type Yeis, between Yeast Infection, a medical condition, and Yeisimar Menotas, a musician. There do not appear to be any other prominent Yeison Asencios.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Phillippe Aumont.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Player Profile: Andrew Aplin

I have one card of Andrew Aplin, from 2013 Topps Pro Debut.

Playing career: Outfielder Andrew Aplin was drafted by the Astros in 2012. He had a very good, if somewhat unusual, batting line in 2013 at Class-A Lancaster, hitting .278 with 9 HR and 107 RBI. Very unusual to see a 100-RBI season anywhere in the minor leagues, especially with fewer than ten home runs. He has split each of the past two seasons between AA and AAA.

Where he is now: In 2015 he split the season between Corpus Christi and Fresno, hitting .296 with 2 HR and 40 RBI.

My memories: Only know him from his card.

Google Autocomplete results: He is fourth when you type Andrew Ap, between Andrew Applepie, a musician, and Andrew Aprile, a music teacher in Queens. Another prominent Andrew Aplin is a doctor in Pennsylvania.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Yeison Asencio.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Player Profile: Jose Arredondo

I have one card of Jose Arredondo, from 2008 Topps Update.

Playing career: Jose Arredondo pitched for the Angels and Reds from 2008 to 2012. In 214 games, all in relief, he went 22-11 with a 3.27 ERA.

My memories: Only know him from his card.

Where he is now: Anyone know where Jose Arredondo is now?

Google Autocomplete results: He is ninth when you type Jose Ar, between Jose Arias, a pitcher in the Marlins organization, and Jose Arguelles, an author. Another prominent Jose Arredondo modified tube amps for the likes of Ozzy Osbourne and Metallica.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Ezequiel Astacio.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Player Profile: Norichika Aoki

I have three cards of Norichika Aoki. This one is from 2012 Topps.

Playing career: Outfielder Norichika Aoki came to the US from Japan at age 30 in 2012. He played two seasons for the Brewers and was then traded to the Royals. Despite hitting just .071 against them in the 2014 World Series, the Giants liked what they saw and signed him as a free agent. Last year he hit .287 with 5 HR and 26 RBI in 93 games for San Francisco. Aoki has been remarkably consistent – in his four MLB seasons his batting averages have been .288, .286, .285 and .287, while his OBP has ranged between .349 and .356.

Where he is now: Signed with the Mariners for the 2016 season.

My memories: He was highly touted when he came from Japan as a high-BA, high-OBP player. He has been consistent as a regular, though no star.

Google Autocomplete results: He is third when you type Noric, between Noric, a Celtic language, and Norice, referring to Norway and Iceland. There do not appear to be any other prominent Norichika Aokis.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Jose Arredondo.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Player Profile: Matt Adams

I have one card of Matt Adams, from 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen.

Playing career: First baseman Matt Adams came up with the Cardinals in 2012 and became a regular in 2013, hitting 32 HR over the next two years. He helped the Cardinals win the 2014 NLDS with a three-run home run off of Clayton Kershaw to erase a 2-0 deficit in Game 4 to give the Cardinals a 3-2 win.

Where he is now: Injuries limited him to just 60 games in 2015. He hit .240 with 5 HR and 24 RBI.

My memories: He is one of many new faces the Cardinals seem to trot out every year that get big playoff hits. I think I was listening to the game in the car when Adams hit that homer off of Kershaw.

Google Autocomplete results: He is tenth when you type Matt A, behind Matt Altman, a realtor. Another prominent Matt Adams is a Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Norichika Aoki.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Player Profile: Keto Anderson

I have one card of Keto Anderson, from 2002 Topps Traded.

Playing career: Outfielder Keto Anderson played in the Cubs and Padres organizations from 1999 to 2002. In 253 games he hit .321 with 8 HR, 107 RBI and 60 SB. A fuller account of his career can be found at Smed’s Baseball Card Blog.

Interesting facts: Brother of former major leaguer Marlon Anderson.

My memories: Only know him from his card.

Where he is now: Anyone know where Keto Anderson is now?

Google Autocomplete results: He is first when you type Keto Ande, ahead of Keto Anders, a psychologist in Finland. There do not appear to be any other prominent Keto Andersons.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Norichika Aoki.