Monday, June 25, 2012

Player profile: Rich Aurilia

I have 22 cards of Rich Aurilia. This one is from 2004 Donruss World Series.

Playing career: Playing mostly for the Giants, Rich Aurilia was an average-to-above-average shortstop, except for his career year of 2001, when he hit .324 with 37 HR and 97 RBI, leading the National League with 206 hits.

Where he is now: With former Giants teammate Dave Roberts, he is a founder of the Red Stitch Wine Group.

My memories: As he was a National Leaguer I only was vaguely aware of him. No specific memories.

Google Autocomplete results: He is second when you type Rich Au, between Rich Aucoin, a Canadian musician, and Rich Aurilia Steroids. Aurilia has never been officially linked to steroids, but fans who see that he was a teammate of Barry Bonds and don’t understand the concept of a “career year” are happy to make him guilty by association. There do not appear to be any other prominent Rich Aurilias.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Joe Ausanio.

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