Today is Juan Richardson’s Birthday

Who is that? Richardson was on the first BlueClaws team, back in 2001 managed by Greg Legg.

That year, he had one of the best full seasons ever by a BlueClaw (Michael Taylor’s 2008 first-half is the best half). Richardson hit 22 home runs and drove in 83 runs as the team’s regular third baseman.

Those numbers are still part of the BlueClaws single-season record books. His 83 RBIs rank 4th, trailing Randy Ruiz’s 91, Jake Blalock’s 90, and Ryan Howard’s 87.

Jim Murphy made an assault of Richardson’s 22 home runs but could only tie the mark.

Richardson made it to Reading with the Phillies and played in AA with both Texas and Kansas City. He’s spent the last few years in independent leagues, playing last year with Wichita in the American Association and for two teams in the Mexican League.

We wish him a Happy 34th birthday.

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