Friday, May 27, 2011

Player Profile: Bobby Abreu

I have 31 cards of Bobby Abreu. This one is from 2007 Finest.

Playing career: Bobby Abreu made his major league debut with Houston in 1996. After playing parts of two seasons with the Astros, he was left unprotected in the expansion draft, and was picked up by Tampa Bay, who immediately traded him to Philadelphia for Kevin Stocker. Abreu blossomed into a star for the Phillies. In five of his eight full seasons with the Phillies he earned MVP votes. He led the NL in doubles in 2002 and triples in 1999. In 2006, he was traded mid-season to the Yankees for four low-level prospects. After two and a half very good seasons with the Yankees, he signed as a free agent with the Angels.

Where he is now: He is currently the regular DH for the Angels, hitting .259 with 2 HR and 21 RBI. Yesterday he went 0-4 with two strikeouts in a loss to Oakland.

My memories: I remember Abreu coming to the Yankees in 2006 and tearing it up, especially in a big sweep of the Red Sox in Fenway Park to pretty much wrap up the division. He's a very patient hitter who is not afraid to take a walk, which made him a perfect fit for the Yankee lineup. I think he was underrated by Yankee fans in his time in the Bronx.

Google Autocomplete results: He is the first result when you type Bobby A, in front of Bobby Allison, a former NASCAR driver. There do not appear to be any other prominent Bobby Abreus.

Coming up next: Tomorrow's profile will be Tony Abreu.

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