I always thought Wilson Betemit could become a big league All Star. He is a switch-hitter with decent power who can play a decent third base and even an adequate shortstop in an emergency. He saw quite a bit of action with the Yankees in 2008 and the more he played the better he seemed to hit the ball. I knew he wasn’t going to see much action in the Yankee’s All Star infield that year but still, when he was traded to the White Sox, after that season I was sort of disappointed to see him go. The fact that the Yankees got Nick Swisher for him turned out to make the swap pretty much a steal for New York.
Betemit signed with the Royals in 2010 and hit .295, while smacking 13 home runs and driving in 43 for KC in just 84 games. He began the 2011 season with the Royals but was traded to the Tigers that July. Detroit Manager Jim Leyland credited Betemit’s play during the second half of that year as one of the key reasons why his Tigers rallied to win the AL Central Division race. In 2012, he signed with the Orioles and became Buck Showalter’s starting third baseman. He hit a creditable .261 with 12 home runs but lost his job when the O’s brought up the very impressive 19-year-old Manny Machado in August of that year. Betemit sat the Baltimore bench from that point on and was released in September of 2013. He is still just 32 years old but it looks like he might never get the opportunity to put together that all star season I thought he could.
Also born on this date is the only member of the Yankee’s all time roster to have been born in Aruba.
|ATL (4 yrs)||233||550||495||69||139||28||4||13||52||4||47||131||.281||.341||.432||.774|
|KCR (2 yrs)||141||541||479||65||139||35||1||16||70||3||56||132||.290||.362||.468||.830|
|LAD (2 yrs)||139||385||330||41||78||15||0||19||50||1||49||94||.236||.332||.455||.787|
|NYY (2 yrs)||124||290||273||35||69||17||0||10||49||0||12||89||.253||.286||.425||.711|
|BAL (2 yrs)||108||386||351||41||89||19||0||12||40||0||31||106||.254||.313||.410||.724|
|DET (1 yr)||40||133||120||11||35||7||3||5||19||1||11||47||.292||.346||.525||.871|
|CHW (1 yr)||20||50||45||2||9||5||0||0||3||0||5||13||.200||.280||.311||.591|
Sidney Ponson was one of baseball’s great opportunists. After going 1-7 with the Royals in 2009, his 12-year record as a big league pitcher was 91-113. He had a winning record in only two of those seasons. In 2003 he was 17-12 and in 2008 he finished 8-5. So you have to consider it pretty amazing that he was able to earn over $24 million during his career, including an $8.5 million salary from Baltimore in 2005, when he finished 7-11 for the season. Sidney pitched in pinstripes first in 2006, when he was 0-1 and then again in 2008, when he went 4-4. He was born on November 2, 1976, in Noord, Aruba, one of only four big leaguers and the only Yankee to be born in that island nation.
He shares his November 2nd birthday with this former Yankee infielder.
|BAL (8 yrs)||73||85||.462||4.86||223||212||5||28||4||1||1375.1||1529||790||743||180||465||836||1.450|
|NYY (2 yrs)||4||5||.444||6.63||21||18||2||0||0||0||96.1||125||73||71||14||39||48||1.702|
|KCR (1 yr)||1||7||.125||7.36||14||9||0||0||0||0||58.2||79||50||48||6||25||32||1.773|
|MIN (1 yr)||2||5||.286||6.93||7||7||0||0||0||0||37.2||54||31||29||7||17||23||1.885|
|SFG (1 yr)||3||6||.333||3.71||10||10||0||0||0||0||68.0||64||29||28||6||18||34||1.206|
|STL (1 yr)||4||4||.500||5.24||14||13||0||0||0||0||68.2||82||42||40||7||29||33||1.617|
|TEX (1 yr)||4||1||.800||3.88||9||9||0||1||0||0||55.2||71||36||24||3||16||25||1.563|