At Fantasy Baseball Dugout, we’ve made a living off of our Baseball’s Hottest Wives posts. They are, by far, the most popular posts on the entire site.
Soon, we will be debuting the Baseball’s Hottest Wives 2009 edition.
In the meantime, you’ll have to settle for Baseball’s Hottest SISTER–Amanda Aardsma. She’s first in the alphabet and first in the list of Baseball’s Hottest Sisters.
Amanda Aardsma, 26, is an actress and former beauty pageant winner. Amanda won the Miss Colorado Teen USA title in 1996 and finished in the Top 10 in the national competition for Miss Teen USA. As an actress, Amanda will appear in a starring role in The Young and the Restless this year.
Mariners Closer a Hot Commodity — in Fantasy Baseball
Brother David Aardsma has finally hit his stride this year after being the ultimate journeyman. Aardsma pitched for the Red Sox last year where his ERA was 5.55 with a 1.73 WHIP in 47 appearances. In ’07, with the White Sox, he was 6.40 with the same less than enthusiastic 1.73 WHIP. Aardsma pitched for the Cubs in ’06 and came up with the Giants in ’04.
So, based on past history, it’s not surprising if Aardsma was not at the top of your wish list for the 2009 fantasy baseball draft. This year, however, Aardsma, who had never earned a save before in the MLB, has converted on 13 of 14 save opportunities for the Mariners since taking over the closer role from Brandon Morrow on May 15 after Morrow had blown two straight saves in Texas. His ERA is 1.67 and his WHIP is 1.21 coupled with 39 strikeouts in 32.1 innings pitched. Aardsma has held opponents to a .170 batting average.
“It’s all about opportunity,” said Aardsma. “Coming into this year, I had only had two save opportunities in my career.”
It doesn’t look like Morrow is coming back into the closer role very soon in Seattle. The one blown save that Aardsma has this year was when he had a “tired arm” and had pitched four consecutive nights. Fantasy Baseball Dugout recommends that, if Aardsma is still available, you should add him to roster as soon as possible.
Aardsma Passes Aaron as # 1 Player of All-Time
Here’s some more trivia about this interesting family. David Aardsma is now first on the all-time alphabetical list of major league baseball players. The player Aardsma replaced? A guy by the name of Henry Aaron.
Aaron had been the first name listed in the Baseball Encyclopedia for 50 years. The fourth letter of Aardsma’s last name put him at the top of the list.
“I’ve always said that it’s an honor, but I wanted to leave this game with something more than that,” he said. “It has been a process. I’ve had to go up and down a few times, but if I hadn’t gone through all that, I wouldn’t be here today.”