Saturday, July 16, 2011

Birthdays July 10 - July 16

July 10
2003 Topps Shoebox #69 Andre Dawson
The Hawk was born in 1954 in Miami, FL. He was the 11th round draft pick by the Expos in 1975. He was the NL Rookie of the Year in 1977 with the Expos. The bulk of his 21-year career was with the Expos (11 years) and the Cubs (6 years). An 8-time All-Star, he was the NL MVP in 1987 when he hit 49 home runs and had 137 RBIs. He was finally elected to the Hall of Fame in 2010, his 9th year of eligibility.

July 11
1991 Stadium Club Members Only #3 Andy Ashby
Andy was born in 1967 in Kansas City, MO. He was signed as an amateur free agent by the Phillies in 1986. He put together a 14-year career for the Phillies, Rockies, Padres, Braves, and Dodgers. He had a career 98-110 record with a career ERA of 4.12. He was a 2-time All-Star with the Padres. His best season was 1998, when he went 17-9 and helped the Padres get to the World Series, where they lost to the Yankees in 4 games.

July 12 2010 Topps Allen & Ginter #189 Howie Kendrick
Howie was born in 1983 in Jacksonville, FL. He was the 10th round pick of the Angels in 2002. In 2010, his 4th with the Angels, he seems to have finally become a full-time player. He hit .279 in 158 games last year, playing infield and outfield positions. He's hitting .302 so far this season, good enough to get selected to play in his first All-Star game.

July 13
2004 Bowman Heritage Black and White TV #30 Yadier Molina

Yadier was born in 1982 in Bayamon, PR. He was the 4th round draft pick of the Cardinals in 2004. He is a catcher, as are his two older brothers, Benjie and Jose. They are the only trio of brothers to have each won a World Series ring. He is a 3-time All-Star and a 3-time Gold Glove winner. He is generally considered the best defensive catcher in baseball today.

July 14
1999 Fleer Mystique Fresh Ink Robin Ventura
Robin was born in 1967 in Santa Maria, CA. He was the 1st round (10th pick overall) by the White Sox in 1988. He mainly played 3rd base for the White Sox from 1988 through 1998. He was signed as a free agent for the Mets in 1999 and spent three years there before being traded to the Yankees for David Justice in late 2001. The Yankees turned around and traded him to the Dodgers in 2003, and he finished his career there in 2003. He had a career BA of .264 with 294 home runs. His first year of eligibility for the Hall of Fame was 2010 but he only garnered 1.3% of the vote.

July 15
1997 Topps #364 Kirt Manwaring
Not a lot of good choices for today. When in doubt go with a Phillie or Astro. Kirt was born in 1965 in Elmira, NY. He was the Giants 2nd round draft pick in 1986 and spent most of his career in San Francisco (1987-1995) as a catcher. He played a grand total of 37 games for the Astros in 1996 and retired in 1999 after three years with the Rockies. He is currently a catching instructor in the Giants system.

July 16
1992 Topps McDonald's Baseball's Best #7 Terry Pendleton
Terry was born in 1960 in Los Angeles, CA. He was drafted by the Cardinals in the 7th round of the 1982 draft. He played for the Cardinals from 1984 to 1990, losing the World Series with them in 1985 and 1987. After the 1990 season, he was signed as a free agent by the Braves, just in time for their ascendency. In 5 seasons with the Braves, he appeared in 3 World Series, losing all three. There are not a lot of players who can say they've appeared in 5 World Series, and probably even fewer who can say they were on the losing side in 5 World Series. Terry played a total of 15 seasons with a career BA of .270 and 144 home runs.

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