Saturday, July 27, 2013

Player Profile: Jason Bartlett

I have four cards of Jason Bartlett. This one is from 2007 Topps.

Playing career: Shortstop Jason Bartlett came up with Twins in 2004, and had some pretty good seasons in Minnesota before being traded with Matt Garza to the Rays for Brendan Harris and Delmon Young. Like Garza, he was a big reason the surprising Rays made it all the way to the World Series, and his solid season at bat and in the field earned him MVP votes. The next season he was an All Star, hitting .320 with 14 HR and 66 RBI, by far his best season with the bat. His production dropped off markedly in 2010, and after that season he was traded to the Padres, where he was unable to regain his stroke and was released by San Diego in August 2012.

Where he is now: He has not signed with a team for 2013, but is keeping himself in shape in case an opportunity arises. Meanwhile, he has teamed up with his father-in-law, former Orioles pitcher Tony Chevez, to host a charity golf tournament to fund a mission trip to Nicaraugua to provide medical and schools supplies, clothes, and shoes, as well as to build houses.

My memories: I remember that trade and how it helped both teams become surprising contenders.

Google Autocomplete results: He is seventh when you type Jason Ba, between Jason Babin, a defensive end for the Jaguars, and Jason Bay ESPN, referring to the Mariners outfielder. Another prominent Jason Bartlett is an intellectual property lawyer at Morrison & Foerster.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Brian Barton.

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