Saturday, April 5, 2014

Player Profile: Wilson Betemit

I have thirteen cards of Wilson Betemit. This one is from 2007 Topps Update.

Playing career: Infielder Wilson Betemit has played in 805 major league games since 2001. He is a mediocre fielder but a decent bat, having reached double figures in home runs four times. In his eleven seasons with the Braves, Dodgers, Yankees, White Sox, Royals, Tigers and Orioles he has hit .267 with 75 HR and 283 RBI.

Where he is now: He signed with the Rays for 2014 and will start the season at AAA Durham.

My memories: I remember him as a mediocre infielder on the Yankees in 2008. When they traded him straight up for Nick Swisher I wasn’t expecting much from Swisher. That turned out to be a really nice trade for the Yankees.

Google Autocomplete results: He is fifth when you type Wilson B, between Wilson Bentley, who perfected the first method of photographing snowflakes before they melt, and Wilson Basketball, referring to the sporting goods manufacturer.  There do not appear to be any other prominent Wilson Betemits.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Steve Bethea.

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