Friday, July 19, 2013

Player Profile: Marty Barrett

I have 37 cards of Marty Barrett. This one is from 1987 Donruss.

Playing career: Second baseman Marty Barrett played ten seasons in the major leagues, nine with the Red Sox. His best season was 1986, when he earned MVP votes by hitting .286 with 39 doubles, 4 HR, 60 RBI and 15 SB. That season he was the MVP of the ALCS and played well in the World Series, but made the final out, striking out against Jesse Orosco.

Interesting stories: Barrett tore his ACL in 1989, an injury that effectively ended his career. The Red Sox team doctor, Arthur Pappas, was also a part-owner of the team and did not inform Barrett of the extent of his injury, telling him it was just torn cartilage and he could still play on it. Barrett sued Pappas and in 1995 was awarded $1.7 million. Despite this, Pappas stayed as the Red Sox medical director until 2002, when Nomar Garciaparra famously told the media “Our doctors are killing us.”

His brother Tommy Barrett played in the major leagues for the Philadelphia Phillies.

My memories: I remember Barrett well from the 1986 postseason. Unfortunately it’s mostly from the clip of the end of the 1986 World Series being shown on TV all the time here in New York.

Where he is now: Investing in real estate in Las Vegas.

Google Autocomplete results: He is fifth when you type Marty Ba, between Marty Baron, editor of the Boston Globe, and Marty Bandier Wiki, referring to a music publisher. Another prominent Marty Barrett is Director of College Scouting for the Chicago Bears.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Michael Barrett.

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