Monday, December 30, 2013

Player Profile: Mark Bellhorn

I have twelve cards of Mark Bellhorn. This one is from 1996 Topps.

Playing career: Mark Bellhorn was a switch-hitting second baseman with some pop who played ten years in the major leagues for seven teams. He hit 27 home runs for the Cubs but is best known for hitting home runs against the Yankees in games 6 and 7 of the 2004 ALCS for Boston. A fuller account of his career can be found at Padrographs.

My memories: After struggling mightily in 2005 he was released by the Red Sox and signed with the Yankees, the first of a few attempts (Embree, Mientkiewicz, eventually Johnny Damon) by the Bombers to steal some mojo from those damn Red Sox of 2004.

Where he is now: Owns several Dunkin Donuts franchises in the Boston area.

Google Autocomplete results: He is ninth when you type Mark Be, between Mark Belanger, the former Orioles shortstop, and Mark Bernes, a WWII-era Russian singer. There do not appear to be any other prominent Mark Bellhorns.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Rafael Belliard.

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