Sunday, June 29, 2014

Player Profile: Terry Blocker

I have five cards of Terry Blocker. This one is from 1989 Score.

Playing career: Terry Blocker played in 110 games for the Mets and Braves, hitting .205 with 2 HR and 11 RBI.

Blog synchronicity: This is the blog's 1982nd post. In 1982 Blocker played at AA Jackson, hitting .260 with 5 HR, 38 RBI and 40 SB.

Interesting facts: As a replacement player for the Braves in spring training 1995, Blocker befriended pitcher Dave Shotkoski. When Shotkoski was murdered one night in a robbery near the team’s hotel in West Palm Beach, Blocker used some contacts he had made when playing there in the minor leagues several years earlier to identify Shotkoski’s killer, helping police arrest him. Blocker gave his reward money to Shotkoski’s widow.

My memories: Only know him from his card.

Where he is now: Anyone know where Terry Blocker is now?

Google Autocomplete results: He is fifth when you type Terry Blo, between Terry Blount Twitter, referring to an ESPN NFL reporter, and Terry Bloom, a journalism professor at the University of Miami. There do not appear to be any other prominent Terry Blockers.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Ron Blomberg.

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