Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Player Profile: Ron Belliard

I have 18 cards of Ron Belliard. This one is from 2001 Topps.

Playing career: Ron Belliard was a consistent but unspectacular second baseman for six teams over thirteen seasons, putting up seven seasons of 100+ OPS, though only once reaching higher than 107. He was an American League All Star with the Indians in 2004 and won a World Series ring with the Cardinals in 2006.

My memories: As a Cardinal fan (my NL team) I remembered him fondly from the 2006 team. In 2011 he actually was with the Yankees for spring training but did not make the team and later retired.

Interesting facts: In 2006, the married Belliard had a one-night-stand with a girl he met at a nightclub. The girl’s father later tried to extort money from Belliard, claiming that the girl was pregnant. The man, George Edwards, was sentenced to a year in prison.

His cousin is former major leaguer Rafael Belliard.

Where he is now: Anyone know where Ron Belliard is now?

Google Autocomplete results: He is sixth when you type Ron Bel, between Ron Bello, President of NAV Enterprises, and Ron Belldegrun, a UPenn alumnus. Another prominent Ron Belliard is a Technical Support Manager at Crane.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Clay Bellinger.

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