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Friday, August 31, 2012

Nashville Sounds infielder Erick Almonte says playing days just about done

Almonte…everybody draws straws for.

After 17 professional seasons, Sounds infielder Erick Almonte said the 2012 season probably will be the last of his baseball playing career in the United States.

“I’m going to go play winter ball and see what the future is going to be for next year,” Almonte said. “I’ve met so many people through the course of my career. Seeing different states and different stadiums across America, playing with a lot of different guys… it’s been pretty fun. A lot of bus rides and airplanes, but it’s been worth it.”

The 34-year-old said he plans to stay involved with baseball in some capacity, transitioning into a coaching or scouting role.

“For like the last five years I’ve been thinking about it,” Almonte said about the possibility of coaching. “I kind of like to give the younger guys some advice.”

Repoz Posted: August 31, 2012 at 05:44 AM | 18 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 31, 2012 at 09:20 AM (#4223378)
Keltner test?
   2. McCoy Posted: August 31, 2012 at 09:32 AM (#4223386)
Did this guy shoot a president or something? Who is he?
   3. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: August 31, 2012 at 09:36 AM (#4223388)
I'm guessing this is the guy who caused the big Little League World Series controversy by being 17 years old.

...No, that was Danny Almonte.

Though unknown to most of us, Erick Almonte played in the majors in 2001, 2003, and 2011; that's pretty impressive.

Also from Wikipedia:

Fans call him "E9" and "Ericka".
Became the first player to be placed on MLB's concussion-based 7-day disabled list on April 26, 2011.
   4. 'zop is not an $88 player Posted: August 31, 2012 at 10:12 AM (#4223436)
Erick Almonte never made a lot of money. His name was never in the paper. He's not the finest character that ever lived. But he's a human being, and a terrible thing is happening to him. So attention must be paid. He's not to be allowed to fall in his grave like an old dog. Attention, attention must finally be paid to such a person.
   5. McCoy Posted: August 31, 2012 at 10:16 AM (#4223442)
If Danny Almonte is 34 years old and has had a 17 year professional career I would feel really old. Like Andy-Harvey old.
   6. The Long Arm of Rudy Law Posted: August 31, 2012 at 10:26 AM (#4223457)
Almonte was the Yankees shortstop for a month when Jeter got injured on opening day in 2003. When he moved into that Yankee lineup, everybody wanted him in fantasy baseball. It turned out that month was most of his MLB career.
   7. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: August 31, 2012 at 10:33 AM (#4223475)
If Danny Almonte is 34 years old and has had a 17 year professional career I would feel really old. Like Andy-Harvey old.

Maybe he was 23 when he played in the LLWS. I don't remember all the details of that story.
   8. AROM Posted: August 31, 2012 at 10:47 AM (#4223497)
Danny Almonte, pitching a no-hitter in the LLWS and then being congratulated by his wife and teenage son was pretty suspicious.

As for Erick, you normally don't see these stories. Players like Chipper Jones and Mike Mussina get to decide when their time is up. For most of the players there is no story, just an expired contract and a silent phone over the winter. Best of luck to Erick on his post-player career.
   9. Fernigal McGunnigle Posted: August 31, 2012 at 11:25 AM (#4223558)
Almonte has probably been one of the ~1200 best ballplayers on the planet over the last decade. That's something.

EDIT:
As for Erick, you normally don't see these stories. Players like Chipper Jones and Mike Mussina get to decide when their time is up. For most of the players there is no story, just an expired contract and a silent phone over the winter. Best of luck to Erick on his post-player career.


There was a similar story earlier this year about Chris Woodward, except that he'd dome something like get a business degree to get ready for his post-playing career.
   10. Der-K should've known better than to fly on AA. Posted: August 31, 2012 at 11:43 AM (#4223588)
As for Erick, you normally don't see these stories. Players like Chipper Jones and Mike Mussina get to decide when their time is up. For most of the players there is no story, just an expired contract and a silent phone over the winter. Best of luck to Erick on his post-player career.

Particularly unusual to see an article like this on a scrub (meaning no offense - like Fernigal said, being as good as he is is definitely something) that's Latin American. Best of luck to the guy...
   11. morineko Posted: August 31, 2012 at 01:37 PM (#4223773)
Erick Almonte received his concussion in 2011 by being hit in the head by an errant Craig Counsell throw...during batting practice.

He's been on Nashville's DL for most of the season but has been travelling with the team. I'm assuming he's been acting in an unofficial coaching capacity all year. Most people know that minor league teams don't have base coaches but Almonte was usually the first one up last year for coaching first base when he wasn't playing. He interacts with fans of both teams, is really nice to them, and it seems that his teammates really like him. I hope he gets the coaching position he wants.
   12. Most doorknobs are on the right side of the doors Posted: August 31, 2012 at 02:52 PM (#4223863)
Almonte somehow managed to play worse defense than Jeter in 2003 according to zone rating.

He had some prospect hype coming up because he had a good arm and flashed occasional power but it never panned out.

I do find it pretty impressive that he toiled in the minors until he was able to get another brief stint in the majors in 2011 eight years after he last appeared in them in 2003. I hope he's able to continue working in baseball in some way.
   13. morineko Posted: August 31, 2012 at 03:22 PM (#4223908)
To also add: I wasn't familiar with the Yankees version of Almonte at all as I started watching baseball again in 2007, so to me Almonte's always been the 1B/corner OF that he's been in his last four years propping up those positions at Nashville being a placeholder for future prospects. I just can't imagine his playing shortstop; his occasional fill-ins at third base when Nashville's regular guy needed a day off or couldn't play were adventure enough.

To be honest his injury this year was probably a good thing as it kept him on the roster all year. Sean Halton and Caleb Gindl were finally ready to start at the AAA level and Almonte was starting to get used as a pinch-hitter for pitchers and a DH against AL affiliates when he got hurt. (I'm wondering what they're going to do with Halton in 2013, probably splitting time between 1B and DH with Hunter Morris; Morris shouldn't be stashed at AA, and his bat is probably better than Halton's; not sure if his fielding is better, I've seen more of Halton than Morris, and re Halton, sometimes I'd rather have seen Almonte.)
   14. TerpNats Posted: August 31, 2012 at 04:27 PM (#4223982)
The Steve Demeter of his era. (Longtime International League fans will get the allusion.)
   15. catomi01 Posted: August 31, 2012 at 04:34 PM (#4223992)
Played for the Ducks for a few seasons when I worked there....real nice guy...played mainly third and was a good hitter relative to the league at that time - I want to say it was 06 or so that he was there...but I could be way off...from what I remember, he had a third baseman's arm, but not the hands to handle the spot, and not enough range to play up the middle by then.
   16. puck Posted: August 31, 2012 at 05:22 PM (#4224035)
Looks like he's a corner guy now. Which is probably good, as BB-ref has him listed at 6'2" and 245 lbs.
   17. The Long Arm of Rudy Law Posted: August 31, 2012 at 07:55 PM (#4224116)
I want to say it was 06 or so that he was there


Almonte...


And Mike Crudale.
   18. Mayor Blomberg Posted: August 31, 2012 at 08:08 PM (#4224120)
C'mon 'zop, that's not true. He had the wrong dreams. All wrong. He never knew who he was.

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