Saturday, July 2, 2011

Birthdays June 26 - July 2

June 26
1992 Bowman #511 Derek Jeter
Mr. November was born in 1974 in Pequannock, NJ. He was the Yankees 1st round pick in 1992. He was the 1995 ROY, hitting .314 in 157 games. In 17 seasons he maintains a .312 average. He has appeared in 11 All-Star games, and as a shortstop has won 5 Gold Gloves. He has won 5 World Series championships with the Yankees, appearing in 147 post-season games. He is signed with the Yankees through the 2014 season.

June 27
2001 Ultra Greatest Hits #10 Jim Edmonds

Jim was born in 1970 in Fullerton, CA. He was a 7th round draft pick by the Angels in 1988. He played 7 years for the Angels and 8 years with the Cardinals. He played for the Padres and Cubs in 2008, sat out the 2009 season and finished up his career in 2010 with the Brewers and the Reds. He was a 4-time All-Star and won 8 Gold Gloves during his career. In post-season appearances he hit .274 with 13 home runs and 42 rbis, in 64 games. He was with the World Series Cardinals in 2006.

June 28
1998 Leaf Fractal Matrix Die Cuts Y-Axis #97 Mark Grace
Amazing was born in 1964 in Winston-Salem, NC. He was a 34th round draft pick of the Cubs in 1985. He played 1st base for the Cubs for 13 years. His last three years were played with the Diamondbacks. He is currently a TV announcer for the D-Back. Grace finished his career with a .303 BA and hit 173 home runs. He was eligible for the Hall of Fame in 2009, but didn't quite make the cut to stay on the ballot, receiving only 4.1% of the vote.

June 29
1991 Upper Deck Heroes of Baseball #1 Harmon Killebrew
Killer was born in 1936 in Payette, ID. He was a signed by the Senators in 1954. He played all but the last year of his 22-year career with the Senators/Twins. H 13-time All-Star, he hit 573 home runs in his career. He was elected into the Hall of Fame in 1984. He passes away this year on May 17th.

June 30
2003 Tops 205 #111 Garret Anderson
Garret was born in 1972 in Los Angeles, CA. He was the Angels 4th round draft pick in 1990 and played most of his 17-year career with the Angels. He is the Angels' franchise leader in games played, at bats, hits, total bases, singles, doubles, grand slams, extra-base hits, career RBIs, single-game RBIs, and consecutive games (12) with an RBI. Injuries started limiting his playing time in 2005 and he switched to mainly being a DH. The Angels declined to renew his contract after the 2008 season and he spent the last two seasons of his career with the Braves and Dodgers. His last game was 8/10/10.

July 1
2006 Bazooka Rewind Relics Nelson Cruz
Nelson was born in 1980 in Monte Cristi, DR. He was originally signed as a free agent by the Mets in 1998, came up to the majors with the Brewers in 2005, but has played all of his career with the Rangers since 2006. He's an outfielder with a career BA of .268 with 96 home runs. In 2011, Cruz became the third player ever to homer in the first four games of a season, joining Willie Mays and Mark McGwire. Pretty good company.

July 2
2010 Topps Heritage #187 Nyjer Morgan
Nyjer was born in 1980 in San Francisco. He was the Pirates 33rd round draft pick in 2002. You probably shouldn't expect too much from a 33rd round draft pick. He's currently playing for the Brewers and has a 0.325 BA after 45 games.

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