Saturday, July 6, 2013

Red Sox With No Cards Pt. 7: Bernard Gilkey

In this series I take a look at players who played for the Boston Red Sox but, for some reason, never had a card produced of them with the team.
Bernard Gilkey was a big-time prospect with the St. Louis Cardinals in the early 1990's.  He was part of a very talented group of young outfielders to come up through the St. Louis system, along with Brian Jordan and Ray Lankford.  He looked like he had finally arrived in 1993, hitting over .300 with 16 home runs.  He slumped in 1994 and though he rebounded in 1995, he was shipped to the Mets where he had a great season, hitting 30 home runs.  He joined the Diamondbacks in 1998.  In 2000, he started the season with the Diamondbacks where he played 38 games before being released.  He was signed by the Red Sox to play out the rest of the season.  Gilkey played in 36 games with the Red Sox, hitting .231/.327/.341 with one home run and nine RBIs.  All of his 2000 cards feature him with Arizona and his only 2001 cards show him back with the Cardinals for whom he signed a contract after being granted free agency by the Red Sox.  He ended up in Atlanta though in 2001, his last season in the Major Leagues.

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