Friday, March 20, 2009

Aaron Boone

Aaron Boone was a #3 draft pick by the Reds in 1994. He made his debut with the Reds on June 20, 1997. After playing 6 and part of a 7th year with the Reds he was traded to the Yankees in July 2003. He only played the rest of 2003 with the Yankees, being released before the start of the 2004 season. He put the Yankees into the 2003 World Series with an 11th inning home run in Game 7 of the ALCS. He played for the Indians in 2004 and 2005, with the Marlins in 2007 and with the Nationals in 2008. He was signed by the Astros for the 2009 season. I always liked Aaron Boone, but I might not have paid any attention to him, or his brother Bret, if their father hadn't been Bob Boone, the Phillies catcher on the 1980 World Series team (and for a number of years before and after).

Aaron is a career .264 hitter with 126 home runs. He was projected to platoon at third base for the Astros in 2009. Today it was announced that he will have surgery to replace a valve in his heart. This is a condition he's apparently had since the early 1990s which suddenly and unexpectedly became worse. Aaron is 36 years old and has had an 11-year career. It seems doubtful to me that he'll be back as a player. In addition to his father playing baseball, his grandfather, Ray Boone also played. Will there be a 4th generation of Boones? Here's a short retrospective of his baseball cards, except for his year with the Marlins. I've got no Marlin cards of Aaron Boone.

1995 Bowman (foil card, #246)

2004 Topps (#578)
2005 Topps Traded Gold (#11)
2008 Upper Deck (#698)
2009 Topps Heritage (#297)

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