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Geoff Blum
Geoff Blum.jpg
Blum with the Houston Astros
Infielder
Born: (1973-04-26) April 26, 1973 (age 46)
Redwood City, California
Batted: Switch Threw: Right
MLB debut
August 9, 1999, for the Montreal Expos
Last MLB appearance
July 17, 2012, for the Arizona Diamondbacks
MLB statistics
Batting average.250
Home runs99
Runs batted in479
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Geoffrey Edward Blum (born April 26, 1973) is an American former professional baseball infielder in Major League Baseball who played for the Montreal Expos, Houston Astros, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, San Diego Padres, Chicago White Sox and Arizona Diamondbacks. He is currently the TV color analyst for the Houston Astros.[1]

Early life

Before becoming a professional baseball player, he majored in sociology at the University of California, Berkeley and played for the California Golden Bears baseball team.

Professional career

Montreal Expos

He began his professional career when he was selected in the seventh round of the 1994 amateur draft by the Montreal Expos.[2] During his time with the Expos, he spent the winter of 1995 in the Australian Baseball League with the Hunter Eagles.[3]

Houston Astros

On March 12, 2002, after playing in Montreal for three years, he was traded to the Houston Astros in exchange for Chris Truby.[4]

Tampa Bay Devil Rays

He was then traded after the 2003 season to Tampa Bay Devil Rays in exchange for Brandon Backe.[4] In 2004, he batted only .215 for the Devil Rays, with a .266 OBP.[2]

San Diego Padres

Blum signed with the San Diego Padres as a free agent on December 9, 2004. He hit .241 in 78 games for the Padres in 2005.[2]

Chicago White Sox

He was traded to the Chicago White Sox for a minor leaguer on July 31, 2005.

On October 25, 2005, Blum hit a home run against the Astros at Minute Maid Park in the top of the 14th inning to win Game 3 of the World Series.[5]

On April 11, 2008 a monument celebrating the 2005 World Series was unveiled at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, featuring bronze statues of five players. Blum is one of them, commemorating his tie-breaking home run. The home run would forever cement his place in White Sox history.[citation needed]

San Diego Padres

He returned to the Padres as a free agent in 2006.[6]

Houston Astros

On November 20, 2007, Blum signed a $1.1 million, one-year contract with the Houston Astros. The deal also included a club option for 2009.[7]

Blum returned to the Astros in 2009 and played mostly 3B for Houston. He hit 10 home runs that season, drove in 49 runs and was known for playing excellent defense at all the infield positions.

On October 30, 2009, Blum re-signed with the Astros. The contract was worth $1.5 million for the 2010 season and included a mutual option for 2011, which would be worth $1.65 million that was declined, making him a free agent.

Blum suffered a season-ending injury to his elbow in July 2010 while putting on his shirt after a game.[8] He had this to say: "There are probably 90 percent of us in the big leagues that have loose bodies floating around. It just so happens that after the game, it tightened up on me. The shirt had nothing to do with the damn injury."[9]

Arizona Diamondbacks

On November 15, 2010, Blum signed a two-year contract worth $2.7 million with the Arizona Diamondbacks. In 2 years with the Diamondbacks, he appeared in a total of 40 games out of 326 possible games due to injury. He was released by the Diamondbacks on July 20, 2012.[10]

Broadcasting career

On January 12, 2013, he was named a color analyst of the Houston Astros. He is teamed with Todd Kalas, who is handling play-by-play.[11] At the end of the 2019 Season, the Astros announced that Blum and Kalas will return as broadcast partners for the 2020 season.[12]

References

  1. ^ "Houston Astros Broadcasters". MLB.com.
  2. ^ a b c "Geoff Blum Stats". Baseball Reference.
  3. ^ "AMLB Import Players To Reach the US Major Leagues". Flintoff & Dunn's Almanac.
  4. ^ a b "Geoff Blum Trades and Transactions". Baseball Almanac.
  5. ^ Merkin, Scott (September 25, 2018). "Blum was unlikely hero for 2005 White Sox". MLB.com. Retrieved 4 August 2019.
  6. ^ "Series hero Blum signs with Padres". Chicago Tribune. November 17, 2005. Retrieved 14 January 2013.
  7. ^ "Astros sign free-agent infielder Blum". MLB.com. 2007-11-20. Retrieved 2009-08-23.
  8. ^ Royal, John (2010-07-07). "Geoff Blum Joins Baseball's Stupid-Injury List: Here Are 11 Others". Houston Press. Retrieved 2016-10-28.
  9. ^ Bates, Mike (2016-03-29). "Baseball has the weirdest injuries". MLB Daily Dish. Retrieved 2016-10-28.
  10. ^ "Diamondbacks release Blum, select Wheeler". KSDK News. July 20, 2012. Retrieved 4 August 2019.
  11. ^ "Astros Name Todd Kalas TV Play-By-Play Announcer, Make Geoff Blum Full-Time Analyst". Sports Business Daily. December 23, 2016. Retrieved 4 August 2019.
  12. ^ Barron, David; Chronicle, Houston (2019-09-29). "Astros extend broadcasters Todd Kalas, Geoff Blum through 2021". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2019-09-30.

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