February 2013 Archives

Blog #46 (Bruce Aven)

February 20, 2013

This week there is no legal section of the blog.

Now for the Opening Day memory:

This Opening Day memory is from right handed hitting reserve outfielder Bruce Aven, who I bet is unknown to almost all of you readers. I did promise when I embarked on this blog that I would provide a cross section of player memories from the superstar to the relatively unknown. Bruce played in the big leagues for parts of 6 seasons, beginning and ending his career respectively in 1997 and 2002 with the Cleveland Indians and playing for the Florida Marlins, Pittsburgh Pirates and Los Angeles Dodgers in between. In 609 career at bats, he hit a respectable .273 with 20 home runs and 103 RBIs. A very respectable season, although he did it in parts of 6. Here is his Opening Day memory.

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Blog #45 (Doug DeCinces)

February 6, 2013

This week there is no legal section of the blog.

Now for the Opening Day memory:

Not only did I get the opportunity to interview Doug DeCinces about Opening Day, I also got to sit next to him at the Rolling Stones show at Angels Stadium (either 2005 or 2006 - I think). Doug was a right-handed power hitting third baseman for the Baltimore Orioles and California Angels for 15 years from 1973-1987. He concluded his MLB career with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1987 and actually played with the Yakult Swallows in Japan in 1988. Doug succeeded Brooks Robinson in Baltimore (a very hard act to follow) and was traded to the Angels before the 1982 season to make room for Cal Ripken, Jr. So he truly was a bridge between those two Hall of Famers, and although not a Hall of Famer himself (he did become a member of the Orioles Hall of Fame in 2006), he was a very solid player in his own right. He finished his career with a not too shabby 237 home runs, made the A.L. All Star team in 1983 and has one of the most memorable game winning home runs in Orioles history for the 1979 A.L. pennant winners (who lost to the Willie Stargell led "We Are Family" Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1979 World Series). Here is Doug's Opening Day memory.

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