Friday, August 3, 2012

Player Profile: Danys Baez

I have seven cards of Danys Baez. This one is from 2006 Topps.

Playing career: Danys Baez originally came up with Cleveland in 2001, and between 2003 and 2005 recorded 96 saves for the Indians and Devil Rays, making the All-Star team in 2005. After that season he was traded to the Dodgers and was never the same, saving just 12 games in five seasons for four teams, never recording an ERA below 4.00.

Where he is now: After no one signed him for the 2012 season he announced his retirement in February.

My memories: I remember him being highly touted as a Cuban defector. Like many, he didn’t live up to the hype.

Google Autocomplete results: He is first when you type Danys, ahead of Dany’s Dragons, referring to a “Game of Thrones” character. There do not appear to be any other prominent Danys Baezes.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Jose Baez.

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