Sunday, October 27, 2013

Player Profile: Gordon Beckham

I have four cards of Gordon Beckham. This one is from 2011 Gypsy Queen.

Playing career: Gordon Beckham came up with the White Sox in 2009 and made an immediate impact, hitting .270 with 14 HR and 63 RBI in 103 games, placing fifth in the Rookie-of-the-Year voting. He has not been able to live up to that start, however. Though he is the White Sox’ starting second baseman, he has failed to hit much over .250 or provide any real power.

Where he is now: In 103 games in 2013 he hit .267 with 5 HR and 24 RBI.

My memories: I had not heard of the name Beckham until the soccer player David became famous, then all of a sudden there was a hotshot White Sox rookie and the Rays also had a high-profile prospect with the name. Seemed like he would be a big start but I guess not.

Interesting facts: His Out of the Park Foundation has raised over $120,000 for the National Parkinson Foundation.

Google Autocomplete results: He is third when you type Gordon B, between Gordon Brown, the former UK Prime Minister, and Gordon Bennett, a restaurant in Brooklyn. There do not appear to be any other prominent Gordon Beckhams.

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

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