Geoff Blum

Team Houston Astros Houston Astros
Position Center Field
Born Apr 26, 1973
Nationality United States United States
Nickname Random Man
Team History
Houston Astros Houston Astros 2008 - present
San Diego Padres San Diego Padres 2006 - 2007
San Diego Padres San Diego Padres 2005

Geoffrey Edward Blum is a professional baseball player from the United States of America who plays as an infielder. Blum began his playing career during high school, at the Chino High School. Upon graduation, he attended the University of California and graduated with a degree in Sociology. Blum decided to appear for the 1994 MLB Amateur Draft and was picked at 196th overall, in the 7th round by the Montreal Expos.

Blum began in the low A-Division in the NYPL at Vermont. The following year, in 1995, he moved up to the Advanced A-Division after posting a .344 average in 241 at-bats, in the lowest division. At the Advanced A-Division, Blum was again a standout with 62 RBI and a .263 batting average. Blum was promoted to the AA-Division in 1996 and in an average season, posted a .240 batting average with 41 RBI in 396 at-bats. His .341 on-base percentage was probably the lone stat that supported his cause while 95 hits and just 1 homer didn’t help him much. However, he was considered good enough to be sent up to the AAA-Division but an injury brought an early close to Blum’s season.

At the time the injury struck, Blum had played 118 games in the division and had batted at .248 in 407 at-bats. He was playing as a second baseman or as a short stop, depending on what the team demanded off him. Struck by injury, Blum sat the remainder of the season out on the bench and then returned to the 1998 season with the Gulf Coast Expos in the Rookie League. The return was swift and within the season, Blum rose through the Rookie League, the Advanced A-Division, the AA-Division and finally ended up in the AAA-Division.

The majority of his appearances, in 1998, were in the AA-Division where he played 39 games at an ERA of .309. Despite reaching the AAA-Division, before the end of the season, , Blum wasn’t part of the MLB roster in 1999 and began in the AAA again. He did, however, make it to the MLB roster after about 77 games in the AAA-Division. In his first appearance in the MLB, Blum played 45 games and had 133 at-bats at an average of .241. His 32 hits saw him send 8 over the wall during his rookie year.

In 2000, Blum was part of the Houston Astros’ MLB roster for the entire season. Although injury didn’t allow him to be available for all the games, Blum did play 124 games at an average of .283.In 2001, Blum played his final season with the Montreal Expos and set a career high in appearances (148) and at-bats (453). With 9 homers and a .236 batting average, although Blum wasn’t extraordinary through the season, he did play a significant role in the team. At the end of the season, Blum moved to the Houston Astros for the first of his two stints with the franchise.

2002-03 was spent at Houston and Blum was quite effective, notching up 10 home runs a-piece in each season and ending 2002 with a .283 batting average and 2003 with a .262 batting average. Despite this stable showing, the Astros decided to trade him out to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in exchange for Brandon Backe. Blum had a poor season with the Devil Rays and ended with a batting average of .215 after 339 at-bats.

At the end of the season, the Devil Rays traded him out to the San Diego Padres and Blum was sent down to the Advanced A-Division to recover from an injury that had ended his 2004 season earlier than expected. After just 2 games to prove his fitness, the in-fielder came up to the MLB roster and played 78 games for the Padres. Batting at .241, Blum hit 5 home runs in 54 hits and was soon up on the market again as a trade option for the Padres. It wasn’t long before he was heading out again, this time to the Chicago White Sox.

Blum saw out the rest of the 2005 season at the White Sox and at the end of the season, moved back to the San Diego Padres for his second run. His second time at the Padres was considerably better as he played 109 games at .254 in his first season and then made 122 appearances at an average of .252 in 2007.

During the 2005 World Series, Blum hit a tie-breaking home run against the Houston Astros at the top of the 14th inning to lead the White Sox to a win in Game 3 of the series. A bronze statue of Blum was unveiled at the US Cellular Field in Chicago, as a mark of this spectacular play.

In November 2007, Blum signed a single year, $1.1 million contract, for the 2008 season, with the Houston Astros with an option for 2009. After batting at .240 in his second stint with the Astros, Blum began 2009 in the AAA Division and two games later, he was back with the big boys. In the 2009 season, Blum has been batting at an average of .258 so far.

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