Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Player Profile: Bruce Aven

I have four cards of Bruce Aven. This one is from 2000 Victory.

Playing career: Outfielder Bruce Aven was a highly regarded prospect whose career was mangled by injuries. In parts of five big league seasons with Cleveland, Florida, Pittsburgh and the Dodgers he actually put up respectable numbers – in 609 at-bats, equivalent to a full season, he hit .273 with 20 HR and 103 RBI.

Interesting stories: While recuperating from one of his injuries, he got bored sitting around the house watching TV, so he decided to wrestle an alligator instead, which gained him some notoriety.

Where he is now: He is an exercise physiologist and the designer of the Memorial Sports Center Baseball and Softball Strength Program. He is also a Skills Specialist at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, Head Baseball Coach at the American Heritage School, and Director of Baseball Operations for the Weston Rattlers.

My memories: Only know him from his card.

Google Autocomplete results: He is third when you type Bruce Av, between Bruce Avery Hofstra, referring to the general manager of the university’s radio station, and Bruce Avery, an attorney in Maryland. There do not appear to be any other prominent Bruce Avens.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Steve Avery.

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