Sunday, July 15, 2012

Player Profile: Willy Aybar

I have two cards of Willy Aybar. This one is from 2006 Topps Update Highlights.

Playing career: Infielder Willy Aybar played parts of five seasons in the major leagues, mostly for the Dodgers and Rays. His once-promising career was derailed by injuries and legal troubles.

Interesting stories: Aybar has had many problems with drugs and alcohol, and (relatedly) has been arrested several times for domestic violence, serving prison time after one incident left his wife in the ICU.

Where he is now: He signed to play in the Mexican League in 2012.

My memories: Was vaguely aware of him during his career but no specific memories. Don’t remember hearing about his legal issues.

Google Autocomplete results: He is first when you type Willy A, ahead of Willy and the Poor Boys, a Creedence Clearwater Revival album. There do not appear to be any other prominent Willy Aybars.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Bob Ayrault.

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