Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Player Profile: Brad Baker

I have one card of Brad Baker, from 2000 Topps.

Playing career: Brad Baker was the Red Sox number one draft choice in 1999, and won 47 games and saved 78 in 315 minor league games. A loss of velocity prevented him from making the major leagues.

Where he is now: A bartender and baseball instructor in rural Massachusetts, where he still pitches competitively.

Interesting stories: He is one of six Red Sox minor leaguers profiled in the book Knocking on Heaven’s Door, which had its genesis when author Marty Dubrow came to Baker’s house on draft day in 1999 to chronicle the event for Sport Magazine.

My memories: Only know him from his card.

Google Autocomplete results: He is third when you type Brad Ba, between Brad Band, referring to an alternative band from Seattle, and Brad Banks, a former Redskins quarterback. Another prominent Brad Baker is a multimedia visual artist.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Chuck Baker.

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