Saturday, July 16, 2011

Player Profile: Mike Aldrete

I have 24 cards of Mike Aldrete. This one is from 1989 Fleer.

Playing career: Mike Aldrete played ten seasons in the major leagues, starting his career with the 1986 Giants and finishing it with the World Champion 1996 Yankees. A backup first baseman-outfielder, his best season was 1987, when he helped the Giants win the NL West by hitting .325 with 9 HR and 51 RBI in 357 at bats.

Where he is now: Assistant hitting coach for the St. Louis Cardinals.

My memories: I remember him being the 25th man on the 1996 Yankees. He did very little with the team, but was prominent in a lot of the pictures of the on-field celebration as he was one of the first players jumping out of the dugout after the last out. Any player who was on the first Yankee World Championship team in my memory is special to me, though.

Interesting fact: Brother Rich Aldrete played six seasons in the Giants and Cardinals organizations.

Google Autocomplete Results: He is second when you type Mike Ald, between Mike Alden, Athletic Director at Missouri University, and Mike Alder, a personal injury attorney in Los Angeles. There do not appear to be any other prominent Mike Aldretes.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Jay Aldrich.


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