Monday, June 23, 2014

Player Profile: Tony Blasucci

I have one card of Tony Blasucci, from 1990 CMC.

Playing career: Tony Blasucci was the Pirates’ number one draft choice in 1983, but after three years of struggles as a starter was released. He was picked up by the White Sox for whom he saw success in the bullpen, moving more steadily through their system. Though he never reached the major leagues, he did spend part of three seasons at AAA in the White Sox’ and Mariners’ systems. A full account of his career can be found in a three part interview from The Greatest 21 Days in 2012.

Post-playing career: After his retirement from baseball he worked in sales for various companies and was also a youth baseball instructor, including working closely with his son Nick. He died in May 2014 due to injuries sustained in a boating accident. A fund has been set up for Nick to continue his baseball dream – details can be found in Blasucci’s obituary.

My memories: Only know him from his card.

Google Autocomplete results: He is fourth when you type Tony Blas, between Tony Blasi, a Managing Director at Credit Suisse, and Tony Blasco, a doctor in Quakertown, PA. There do not appear to be any other prominent Tony Blasuccis.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Jeff Blauser.

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