Saturday, August 4, 2012

Player Profile: Jose Baez

I have one card of Jose Baez, from 1978 Topps.

Playing career: In second baseman Jose Baez’s major league debut in 1977, he got the first hit in Mariners history. He got 86 more hits over the next two seasons.

Where he is now: He headed the Nationals’ Dominican academy but was fired along with Jose Rijo after an identification falsification scandal. He now works as an independent baseball trainer in the Dominican Republic.

My memories: He’s before my time. Only know him from his card.

Google Autocomplete results: He is third when you type Jose B, between Jose Bautista Stats, referring to the Blue Jays outfielder, and Jose Bosingwa, a Portuguese soccer player. None of the entries on the first page when you google Jose Baez refer to the ballplayer; they all are about Casey Anthony’s lawyer.

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

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