Thursday, April 3, 2014

Player Profile: Rafael Betancourt

I have four cards of Rafael Betancourt. This one is from 2006 Topps.

Playing career: Rafael Betancourt has been a very steady middle reliever for eleven years. He came up with the Indians in 2003 and was traded to Colorado during the 2009 season. Only twice in his career has he had an ERA over 4.00. In 2012 he was named the Rockies’ closer, and he saved 47 games the last two seasons.

Where he is now: He tore a ligament in his elbow in 2013, necessitating Tommy John surgery. He is currently a free agent but is expected to re-sign with the Rockies in the middle of the season when he may be able to pitch again.

My memories: I thought I remembered him from the “midge game” against the Yankees in the 2007 ALDS, but apparently I was confusing him with Rafael Perez.

Google Autocomplete results: He is fifth when you type Rafael B, between Rafael Bush, a safety for the New Orleans Saints, and Rafael Bejarano, a thoroughbred jockey. Another prominent Rafael Betancourt is an attorney in New Jersey.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Yuniesky Betancourt.

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