Thursday, June 19, 2014

Player Profile: Joe Blanton

I have eight cards of Joe Blanton. This one is from 2007 Topps.

Playing career: Joe Blanton had a ten-season major league career, winning 85 games for the A’s, Phillies, Dodgers and Angels. In 2008 he helped the Phillies win the World Series by going 4-0 for them after being acquired in a mid-season deal with Oakland. In the World Series that year he won Game 4, in the process becoming the first pitcher since 1974 to hit a World Series home run.

My memories: I remember him as the “other guy” on those big Phillies staffs with Halladay, Lee and Hamels. He probably didn’t get the respect he deserved for a pretty good major league career.

Where he is now: After two games with the A’s AAA team he retired this April.

Google Autocomplete results: He is first when you type Joe Bl, ahead of Joe Black, the former Dodgers pitcher. Another prominent Joe Blanton is the former President of Publix.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Jabari Blash.

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