Friday, November 21, 2014

Player Profile: Ricky Bottalico

I have 29 cards of Ricky Bottalico. This one is from 1996 Topps.

Playing career: Ricky Bottalico pitched for twelve seasons in the major leagues, mostly for the Phillies, for whom he saved 34 games in back-to-back seasons in 1996 and 1997. Overall, in 562 games, he went 33-42 with 116 saves and a 3.99 ERA.

Where he is now: A Phillies announcer for Comcast SportsNet, he is also a pitching instructor at AFC Baseball of Cherry Hill.

My memories: Just a fun name to say.

Google Autocomplete results: He is eighth when you type Ricky Bo, between Ricky Bobby Song and Ricky Bobby Soundtrack, both of which refer to a movie. There do not appear to be any other prominent Ricky Bottalicos.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Kent Bottenfield.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Player Profile: Daryl Boston

I have 58 cards of Daryl Boston. This one is from 1994 Score Rookie Traded.

Playing career: Daryl Boston played eleven years in the major leagues as a part-time outfielder for the White Sox, Mets, Rockies and Yankees. He hit over 10 HR in a season five times despite never having a 400-at bat year. Overall, in 1,058 games he hit .249 with 83 HR and 278 RBI.

Where he is now: First base coach for the White Sox.

My memories: I remember him as being a pretty good home run threat for the Yankees in 1994. I guess I am remembering wrong – in 52 games he only hit .182 with 4 HR and 14 RBI.

Interesting facts: Brother of DJ Boston, who played eight seasons in the minor leagues.

Their father, Henry Boston, managed a young Dave Parker on the semi-pro Cincinnati Tigers.

Along with Dwight Gooden and Vince Coleman, accused of rape in Spring Training of 1992 about an incident the previous year. The charges were later dismissed, though the players admitted to consensual sex with the woman (all in one night!), who had previously been dating David Cone and Ron Darling. That’s 20% of the Mets’ roster right there!

Google Autocomplete results: He is first when you type Daryl B, ahead of Daryl Bem, a social psychologist. There do not appear to be any other prominent Daryl Bostons.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Ricky Bottalico.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Player Profile: DJ Boston

I have three cards of DJ Boston. This one is from 1994 Upper Deck Minors.

Playing career: DJ Boston played in the Blue Jays, Pirates, A's and Rockies organizations from 1991 to 1998. In 857 games he hit .272 with 67 HR and 435 RBI.

Where he is now: A hitting instructor at Phoenix Sports Academy in Loganville, GA.

My memories: He shared his thoughts on baseball cards with this blog in 2011.

Interesting facts: Brother of Daryl Boston, who played several years in the major leagues for the White Sox, Mets and Yankees.

Google Autocomplete results: He is third when you type DJ Bos, between DJ Boston Chery, referring to the name of  a disk jockey, and DJ Bossman, another disk jockey. There do not appear to be any other prominent DJ Bostons.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Daryl Boston.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Brett Bochy on baseball cards

Brett Bochy was drafted by the Giants in 2010 and has quickly moved up through their organization, going 14-8 with a 3.04 ERA and 26 saves in 158 games. He made his major league debut with the Giants in 2014. He kindly answered my questions about baseball cards.

"My favorite baseball card growing up was the 1975 George Brett mini...I don't know exactly why, but I love all of the Topps minis, but especially the Brett.
 
I used to collect but have been focusing more on my career lately...Gary Brown is a big time collector, although he will never admit it."

Thanks! Here is a card of Bochy, from 2013 Topps Heritage.


Monday, November 17, 2014

Player Profile: Lyman Bostock

I have one card of Lyman Bostock, from 1978 Topps.

Playing career: Outfielder Lyman Bostock came up with the Twins in 1975 and quickly became a star. In 1976 he hit .323 in his first full season, and the next year he broke out, hitting .336 with 14 HR, 90 RBI and 16 SB. A free agent after the season, he signed with California for the 1978 season, and after a slow start was hitting well in the second half of the season.

Death: On September 23, 1978, following a game in Chicago, Bostock traveled to nearby Gary, IN to visit some friends. One of the friends was married to a man who thought she was regularly being unfaithful to him. That man, Leonard Smith, followed Bostock and his party as they drove away from Smith’s wife’s cousin’s house, and fatally shot Bostock a few blocks away.

My memories: Before my time, though I remember hearing about his tragic incident many times.

Google Autocomplete results: He is fifth when you type Lyma, between Lymari Nadal, an actress, and Lyman Orchards Golf Course, a course in Connecticut. There do not appear to be any other prominent Lyman Bostocks.

Coming up next: The next profile will be D.J. Boston.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Player Profile: Dwain Bostic

I have three cards of Dwain Bostic. This one is from 1993 Classic Draft Picks.

Playing career: Dwain Bostic (not “Dwaine” as he is listed on Baseball Reference and Baseball Cube) was the Dodgers’ second round draft pick in 1992. In 35 games that year as a seventeen-year old in the Gulf Coast League, he hit .203 with 1 HR, 13 RBI and 10 SB. He played in four games as an eighteen-year-old in rookie league Great Falls, hitting .143, and sixteen games as a nineteen-year old for the Cardinals’ Arizona State League affiliate, hitting .231. He did not play affiliated ball in his twenties, but did play in 32 games of independent ball. A rare second-round draft pick who couldn’t even get out of rookie league.

Where he is now: A realtor in California, and an instructor at MVP Baseball Academy in California.

My memories: Only know him from his card.

Google Autocomplete results: He is first when you type Dwain Bos, ahead of Dwain Boswell, an author. There do not appear to be any other prominent Dwain Bostics.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Lyman Bostock.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Player Profile: Thad Bosley

I have 22 cards of Thad Bosley. This one is from 1986 Donruss.

Playing career: Thad Bosley played fourteen seasons as a backup outfielder for seven different teams, mostly the White Sox and Cubs. In 784 games he hit .272 with 20 HR and 158 RBI.

Where he is now: Executive Director of Athletics and Head Baseball Coach at Grace University in Nebraska.

My memories: I remember him being considered a pinch-hitting specialist. Do those even still exist?

Interesting facts: During his playing career he recorded a funk record called “The Ballplayers” with teammate Lenny Randle.

Google Autocomplete results: He is fifth when you type Thad B, between Thad Beaumont, a character in a Stephen King story, and Thad Brown, Assistant Sports Director at WROC-TV in Rochester, NY. There do not appear to be any other prominent Thad Bosleys.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Dwain Bostic.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Player Profile: Shawn Boskie

I have 30 cards of Shawn Boskie. This one is from 1991 Donruss.

Playing career: Shawn Boskie pitched for the Cubs, Phillies, Angels, Mariners, Orioles and Expos from 1990 to 1998. In 217 games he went 49-63 with a 5.14 ERA. A fuller account of his career can be found at The Greatest 21 Days.

Where he is now: Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Arizona Christian University.

My memories: In May he shared his thoughts on baseball cards with this blog.

Google Autocomplete results: He is first when you type Shawn Bos, ahead of Shawn Bosak Borman, a fundraiser. There do not appear to be any other prominent Shawn Boskies.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Thad Bosley.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Player Profile: Chris Bosio

I have 64 cards of Chris Bosio. This one is from 1994 Leaf.

Playing career: Chris Bosio pitched for the Brewers and Mariners from 1986 to 1996. In 309 games he went 94-93 with a 3.96 ERA. In 1993 he no-hit the Red Sox in one of his first games as a Mariner.

Where he is now: Pitching coach for the Chicago Cubs.

Interesting facts: He likes to floor it on the road, and thus is a regular in the traffic court in his Wisconsin home town. The website freecourtdocket.com lists at least three occasions between 2010 and 2012 where he was ticketed for speeding and found guilty.

My memories: I remember him as a solid if unspectacular pitcher for many years. No specific memories.

Google Autocomplete results: He is first when you type Chris Bosi, ahead of Chris Bosh, Miami Heat star. Another prominent Chris Bosio is International Trade Manager at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Shawn Boskie.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Player Profile: Rick Bosetti

I have nine cards of Rick Bosetti. This one is from 1980 Topps.

Playing career: Outfielder Rick Bosetti played for the Phillies, Cardinals, Blue Jays and A’s from 1976 to 1982. In 445 games he hit .250 with 17 HR and 133 RBI. A fuller account of his career can be found at the 1980 Topps Blog, where I learned that he is best known for urinating in the outfield of every ballpark he played in.

Where he is now: He has been the mayor of Redding, CA since 2008, though he is retiring in December. He also manages the collegiate-league Redding Colt 45s.

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

Google Autocomplete results: He is second when you type Rick Bos, between Rick Bossley State Farm, an insurance agent in Goshen, NY, and Rick Bosh, an MSNBC reporter. There do not appear to be any other prominent Rick Bosettis.

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