Saturday, May 4, 2013

Unknown Heroes Pt. 29: Craig Breslow

What I like about Craig Breslow is not so much his success.  In fact he has not really played with Boston very long.  He made it into only 13 games in 2006 and then 23 after being re-acquired last year, and has yet to return from the disabled list this year.  No, what I like about Breslow is his intelligence.  There have been Ivy League players in the Majors before, but Breslow's academic success is very impressive.

Breslow attended Yale.  He has degrees in molecular biophysics and biochemistry.  He has formed a non-profit organization to help children with cancer.  He is an incredibly intelligent individual.  I am very smart myself.  I am a lawyer, I was accepted into every law school I applied to, and I have never had any real trouble finding a job.  Breslow makes me look pretty ordinary.  His intelligence makes him a very intriguing player.

Breslow has been an impressive player as well.  He has had two stints with the Red Sox.  In 2006 he pitched 12 innings, striking out 12 and having an 0-2 record with a 3.75 ERA.  I am not quite sure why he did not stick.  But he went on to have some nice seasons for the Twins and Athletics.

He was traded back to the Red Sox in 2012 and struck out 19 in 20 innings as a lefty out of the bullpen.  He was 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA.  He has been hurt so far this year but should make it back to displace Andrew Miller as the main southpaw in the bullpen.

1 comment:

  1. Fellow Yalie and friend of Breslow's Matt McCarthy wrote about his traverses in the Angels farm system in the book Odd Man Out, an interesting read. Like you said, Breslow seemed from the book to be a class guy. Cool stuff!