Re: Iggy at AAA
posted at 5/19/2013 8:02 PM EDT
In response to Bill-806's comment:
The Sox don't know it yet, the next Luis Apraciao !!!!!
Your statement reminds me of a similar claim, when in 1956, the same year that Aparicio began his career with the White Sox, Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey boasted that "Buddin can become one of the top ballplayers of his time."
I guess when knowledgeable baseball people start looking to the future, there is just no telling what will come about.
But since you brought up Aparicio, let’s take a moment to look at a few of his accomplishments.
In 1956, Aparicio led the American League in stolen bases, assists, and putouts, and won both the Rookie of the Year and The Sporting News Rookie of the Year awards. He was the first Latin American player to win the Rookie of the Year award.
In 1959 Aparicio finished second to teammate Nellie Fox in the American League Most Valuable Player Award balloting.
And along the path of a brilliant 17-year career, he compiled a record of excellence that qualified him for the Hall of Fame.
However, after joining the Red Sox at the tail end of his career, he did have a few dubious distinctions.
In 1971, Aparicio was one at bat away from tying the longest Major League hitless streak for non-pitchers held by Bill Bergens with 45, set in 1909 with Brooklyn Superbas, by going without a hit in 44 at bats. Aparicio then hit a grand slam home run against the Indians in Cleveland and then led off a night game at Fenway with another home run. He hit for a career low .232 batting average that year.
So my question is, are you projecting Iglesias to perform as did the Aparicio of 1956 or the Aparicio of 1971?
Nice chatting with you Bill.