Friday, May 29, 2009

Awesome night card, pt. 36

How many times have you uttered the phrase, "I can't believe this guy is still in the league"? I know I've done it often.

But no one has surprised me more by his ability to keep showing up in a major league uniform than Rudy Seanez, featured on this 2008 Upper Deck night card. His career has spanned 20 years. Can you believe that? I can't. He pitched for the Dodgers on two different occasions, including appearing in 73 games in 2007, but I was never all that impressed with anything he did. Such is the life of a reliever.

The thing that most amuses me is how many teams want the guy and then how many teams don't want the guy. Some Rudy Seanez facts:

-- Teams traded for him five times
-- Teams released him six times (the Red Sox released him twice)
-- He has played for eight teams (Indians, Padres, Dodgers, Braves, Padres again, Braves again, Rangers, Red Sox, Royals, Marlins, Padres a third time, Red Sox again, Padres a FOURTH time, Dodgers a third time, Phillies)
-- He also has been a member of three teams for which he never played a major league game -- the Mets, Cubs and Angels.

Please note that Seanez is not left-handed. Lefties seem to hang on forever. But Seanez is a righty.

Some other Seanez facts, according to the quasi-reliable wikipedia:

-- He is 40 years old. He made his major league debut on Sept. 7, 1989.
-- He apparently is a dedicated weight-lifter and mixed martial arts follower who has trained with UFC fighters.
-- He's got a whole bunch of tattoos

Also, baseball-reference.com says his nickname is "Action Traction." What's that mean? He's good in the snow?

Seanez is now pitching for Salt Lake City, the Angels' Triple A farm team. I kind of hope it's not the end of the line for Rudy. I'd like to see him pitch in a fourth decade. Wouldn't that be something?

4 comments:

  1. Judging by the state of the Angel bullpen this season, you can expect Rudy to be adding another makor league team to his resume very soon.

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  2. he was awesome with the Bravos the first time around... or was that the second??? I don't remember which....

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  3. I ran across his 1990 Leaf rookie card last night, oddly enough. I was wondering if he was still around.

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  4. I really thought Seanez was left-handed because of the way he's hung around like Jesse Orosco, Tony Fossas, et. al. Wow.

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