Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Player Profile: Rob Bell

I have seven cards of Rob Bell. This one is from 2001 Topps.

Playing career: Rob Bell was a mediocre starting pitcher for the Reds, Rangers and Devil Rays, who was unable to keep his ERA under 5.00 for any of these teams. In 2005, he was particularly bad for Tampa Bay, losing his starting job after three starts and posting an 8.28 ERA. That season he was diagnosed with anxiety attacks which he blamed on a bad breakup with his girlfriend and conflicts with manager Lou Piniella. He came back with Baltimore as a reliever in 2007 but did not pitch well there either, putting up a 5.94 ERA.

Where he is now: He is back in the Rays’ organization as Director of Corporate Sales for the Hudson Valley Renegades. He is also an Instructor for Baseball Miracles, which runs baseball camps in foreign countries, including recent camps in Kenya and Ireland.

My memories: Only know him from his card.

Google Autocomplete results: He is second when you type Rob B, between Rob Brezsny, an astrologer, and Rob Brown, an actor. There are no references to the ballplayer on the first page of google results; most results refer to a celebrity pastor.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Terry Bell.

1 comment:

  1. My first thought when I saw the heading was...."Rob Bell the pastor played Major League Baseball???"