Saturday, July 2, 2011
Melvin Mora, 2005 Bowman #104
If this truly is the end of the road for Melvin, he has plenty to celebrate. There aren't a whole lot of players who stick around for 13 seasons after making their big league debut at age 27. As it stands, he has a .277 lifetime average with 1,503 hits, 171 home runs, and 754 RBI. He was an All-Star in 2003 and 2005, and earned a Silver Slugger as the American League's top-hitting third baseman in 2004; that year, he placed second behind Ichiro with a .340 average and led all A.L. batters with a .419 on-base percentage. That's certainly more than the O's could have hoped for when they acquired him as one of the pieces in a deadline deal with the Mets for Mike Bordick in 2000.