Saturday, January 18, 2014

Player Profile: Omar Beltre

I have one card of Omar Beltre, from 2011 Topps Throwback.

Playing career: Omar Beltre pitched in two games for the 2010 Rangers. Both were starts – he allowed a total of seven earned runs in seven innings.

Interesting facts: He was banned from the US for five years after taking part (unknowingly) in a Dominican human trafficking ring. Beltre and several other players (including Alexi Ogando) were talked into sham marriages with women they had never met to get the women into the US, where, unbeknownst to the players, the women were sold into prostitution. Beltre and Ogando were later allowed into the US after they offered to travel around the Dominican Republic educating young ballplayers about the practice.

My memories: Only know him from his card.

Where he is now: Anyone know where Omar Beltre is now?

Google Autocomplete results: He is sixth when you type Omar Be, between Omar Beats by Dre, referring to the company’s head of marketing, Omar Johnson, and Omer Beer, a Belgian drink. There do not appear to be any other prominent Omar Beltres.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Marvin Benard.

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