Friday, May 27, 2016

Player Profile: Russell Brock

I have one card of Russell Brock, from 1991 Stadium Club Dome.

Playing career: Russell Brock pitched in the A’s and Yankees organizations from 1991 to 1996. In 116 games he went 29-36 with a 4.15 ERA.

My memories: Only know him from his card.

Where he is now: Anyone know where Russell Brock is now?

Google Autocomplete results: He is first when you type Russell Broc, ahead of Russell Brockel, a retired teacher in Minnesota who recently passed away. The first entry when you google Russell Brock is not the ballplayer but the head coach of the LSU Sand Volleyball team.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Tarrik Brock.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Player Profile: Norman Brock

I have one card of Norman Brock, from 1989 Best.

Playing career: Outfielder Norman Brock played in the Astros and Reds organizations from 1984 to 1989. In 647 games he hit .274 with 20 HR, 195 RBI and 120 SB.

My memories: Only know him from his card.

Where he is now: Anyone know where Norman Brock is now?

Google Autocomplete results: He is second when you type Norman Broc, between Norman Rockwell and Norman Rockwell Museum, both of which refer to the painter. There are no references to the ballplayer on the first page of Google results; most refer to a playwright named Brock Norman Brock.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Russell Brock.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Player Profile: Lou Brock

I have two cards of Lou Brock. This one is from 1979 Topps.

Playing career: A member of the Baseball Hall of Fame and the 3000 hit club, Lou Brock is the former all-time and single-season stolen base champion. In his nineteen-year career he was a six-time all-star and earned MVP votes in ten different seasons, finished second in 1974. His 938 stolen bases are currently second all-time. He was also one of the best World Series performers of all time. In 21 games he hit .391 with 4 HR, 13 RBI and 14 SB.

Where he is now: He has been a successful businessman in various fields, including flowers, airport retail concessions, child safety and mobile marketing. He owns two patents for the “Brockabrella” umbrella hat. He is also active in many charitable endeavors, including spreading awareness about diabetes management, an area he is personally familiar with having been diagnosed with the disease over fifteen years ago, and which caused him to have his left leg amputated in November.

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

Interesting facts: His son Lou Brock Jr. was a defensive back in the NFL in 1987 and 1988 with the Chargers, Lions and Seahawks.

Google Autocomplete results: He is second when you type Lou B, between Lou Bega, a mambo musician, and Lou Barlow, an alternative rock musician. Another prominent Lou Brock is a ballroom dancer.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Norman Brock.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Player Profile: Jermaine Brock

I have one card of Jermaine Brock, from 2004 SP Prospects.

Playing career: SP put out a Prospects card of JermaineBrock because he hit .353 over his first dozen minor league games in 2004. They jumped the gun a little bit – at the end of the season he was down to a .242 average in 35 games. He was suspended for not showing up to start the 2005 season – one Mariners blog claims he “decided he liked playing XBox better than baseball.” He did come back two years later but put up only a .222 average in 57 games. Easily one of the worst pro careers for someone with a nationally-produced baseball card.

My memories: Only know him from his card.

Where he is now: Anyone know where Jermaine Brock is now?

Google Autocomplete results: There are no autocomplete entries for Jermaine Brock. Most entries on the first page of results refer to Tramaine Brock, cornerback for the 49ers.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Lou Brock.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Player Profile: Don Brock

I have one card of Don Brock, from 1990 ProCards.

Playing career: Don Brock pitched in the Giants organization from 1988 to 1990. In 67 games he went 3-6 with 3 saves and a 3.68 ERA. A fuller account of his career can be found at The Greatest 21 Days.

Where he is now: He works at Duke Energy’s Oconee Nuclear Station and is also a youth baseball coach.

My memories: Only know him from his card.

Google Autocomplete results: He is fifth when you type Don Broc, between Don Broco You Wanna Know and Don Broco Automatic Lyrics, both of which refer to a singer. There are no entries for the ballplayer on the first page of Google results; most are for the founder of Astec Industries.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Jermaine Brock.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Chris Russ points out an error on his baseball card

Chris Russ pitched in the Rangers organization from 2000 to 2004. In 59 games he went 12-6 with a 3.07 ERA. Now a Realtor at Keller Williams in Columbia, MD, he kindly answered my questions about baseball cards by pointing out an error on one of his cards.

"I was told once I have a Bowman error card out there somewhere."

Thanks! The card is actually 2001 Topps, which lists his birth month as November instead of October.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Player Profile: Phillip Britton

I have one card of Phillip Britton, from 2007 Bowman Chrome Prospects. His first name is misspelled on the card.

Playing career: Catcher Phillip Britton played in the Braves organization from 2005 to 2009, and the Orioles organization in 2010. In 328 games he hit .259 with 25 HR and 132 RBI.

Where he is now: Owns Britton’s Bullpen in Olney, IL.

My memories: Only know him from his card.

Google Autocomplete results: He is fifth when you type Phillip Britto, between Philip Britton Dermatology, a doctor in Florida, and Philip Britton Bolton School, a headmaster at a British school. The first entry when you google Phillip Britton is not the ballplayer but a disgraced former choirleader.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Don Brock.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Player Profile: Lewis Brinson

I have one card of Lewis Brinson, from 2013 Topps Pro Debut.

Playing career: Outfielder Lewis Brinson was the Rangers’ first round draft pick in 2012 and has moved quickly through the organization. In 2015, at the age of 21, Brinson hit .332 with 20 HR and 69 RBI at three different levels, including a .433 batting average in eight games at AAA.

Where he is now: Going into the season as one of the best prospects in the Rangers organization, he has started 2016 at AA Frisco where he has struggled a bit, hitting .237 with 4 HR and 21 RBI in 35 games.

My memories: Only know him from his card.

Google Autocomplete results: He is second when you type Lewis Br, between Lewis Brass, a tubing company in Queens, and Lewis Brisbois Salary, referring to a law firm. Another prominent Lewis Brinson is a communications director at Boeing.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Phillip Britton.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Leland Macon on baseball cards

Outfielder Leland Macon played four seasons in the Rangers organization. In 400 games he hit .251 with 11 HR, 138 RBI and 69 SB. Now an Associate Financial Representative at Northwestern Mutual and a volunteer coach for the St. Louis Gamers, he kindly answered my questions about baseball cards.

"The 1994 Bowman card is the favorite of myself. My kids still can not believe how young I look! I don't actually have a card, but both of my sons, my wife and mother have a few. A few years ago we held a fundraiser for our baseball team to go to Cooperstown, and the kids found my cards online and auctioned them off...I think we made 20 bucks! I was embarrassed, but great for a laugh! My boys are always looking at the projected stats on the back of the card and asking if I was really that fast of a runner. Growing up my favorite cards were of any St. Louis Cardinals players. I used to build my collection, one pack at a time. I never got the card boxes, so I had to be very strategic and selective with my trading activities. I don't still collect cards...I figured with the internet, trading cards were almost obsolete."
Thanks!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Gary Patchett on baseball cards

Infielder Gary Patchett played eleven seasons in the Reds and Angels organizations. In 740 games he hit .239 with 15 HR and 93 RBI. Now an Area Scout for the Seattle Mariners, he kindly answered my questions about baseball cards.

"It's always pretty cool to see some of your old cards from back in your playing days. When I first started scouting I would occasionally get approached in the stands to sign cards during the game. I thought it was pretty cool but also wondered how the heck someone actually knew who I was or even had an old baseball card of me. I like all of the cards that I have of myself. I guess when you see them, it takes you back to a time in your life where you were doing the one thing that you had always dreamed of as a kid growing up, playing professional baseball. I had a card collection when I was younger, with boxes and boxes of cards. I had a book with the better cards and then I would sort the rest of them out by teams. I actually just looked at some old cards and it was pretty cool to see some cards of ex managers, hitting coaches, pitching coaches and now scouts who I have crossed paths with over the course of my time in professional baseball. I guess when you are a kid you just collect them but now to get to know them and the impact that they had on your baseball career, it's pretty awesome."
Thanks!