Friday, December 10, 2010

Dominican Baseball Card #15: Rafael Belliard

This installment of Dominican Baseball Cards is a 1990 Topps #143, Rafael Belliard.  The Dominican Baseball Guy has a lot of cards from this Topps set.  Not sure why because they are pretty ugly, but they come at a very popular time for card collecting.
Rafael Belliard played 17 seasons in MLB, 1155 games and 2301 at bats, for the Pirates and Braves.  He hit 2 home runs.  Yes, that is not a typo.  He hit 2 home runs in 2301 at bats.  He was named as a Player that Obviously Never Took Steroids by Just Call Me Juice blog, which I guess is a good thing.

He never made an all-star team or had any individual honors.  Pretty amazing for someone to stick around for 17 years without ever taking any individual awards.  His biggest individual accomplishment: he twice appeared in the top ten in the NL in sacrifice bunts.  His prowess was as a great fielding short stop.  Rafael did win a World Series title with the Braves in 1995.  He played with the Tigres del Licey in the Dominican Winter League (LIDOM).

Rafael is currently a coach with the Tigers (Here is his Tigers coaching profile).  He even has his own Facebook page.  His cousin Ronnie Belliard played for the Dodgers last season and has been in MLB since 1998.  Rafael is from Pueblo Nuevo, DR.

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