Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Player Profile: Erik Bedard

I have fifteen cards of Erik Bedard. This one is from 2009 Topps.

Playing career: Erik Bedard originally came up with the Orioles in 2002. He slowly became an important piece of the Orioles starting rotation. He had a career year in 2007, going 13-5 with a 3.16 ERA, finishing fifth in the Cy Young Award voting. After the season Baltimore traded him to Seattle for Adam Jones. Jones became a big star in helping the Orioles become a winning team again, while Bedard struggled with injuries and ineffectiveness in Seattle.

Where he is now: He pitched for the Astros in 2013, his fourth team in the last three years. In 32 games (26 starts) he went 4-12 with a 4.59 ERA.

My memories: For some reason I thought he was very wild. Actually his control is not his problems, injuries are. I think I was confusing him with Daniel Cabrera, another Orioles pitcher from the same time who was also highly touted but ultimately a disappointment.

Interesting facts: He is from Ontario but is French-Canadian and grew up speaking only French.

Google Autocomplete results: He is tenth when you type Erik , after Erik Kuselias, co-host of the NBC show Pro Football Talk. There do not appear to be any other prominent Erik Bedards.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Cam Bedrosian.

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