Oh there you are.
Here at the Banter we have planned to write our “Beantown Burnouts” since the blogs inception. Kind of like Sports Illustrated’s Where are they now editions, we are catching up with old friends and checking up on what they’ve been doing since they hung up the cleats. Not that these guys are all “Burnouts” per se, we just love our alliteration here at the BoSox Banter Blog and we thought it had a nice ring to it.
Brian Daubach, the “Belleville Basher” according to baseballreference.com was a fan favorite during his tenure in a Sox uniform. I remember him best as that streaky ball player that would hit the shit outta the ball throughout April and May, go O for June, and start mashing again sometime in mid July.
I don’t have these stats but I do know that when Dauby got traded back to the club from the White Sox in 04 his shirts were selling out at the Yawkey Way Store across the street from Fenway. Here’s some stats I do have, courtesy of baseball reference.
|BOS (5 yrs)||541||1802||241||477||86||306||194||477||.265||.341||.488||.829|
It took me about a half hour to get that table on there and it’s still not the way I like it but I digress.
Since Brian retired in 2005 he has stayed in the clubhouse as a coach, becoming the now defunct Nashua Pride’s hitting coach. The Nashua Pride, a team from the Can-Am League (not affiliated with the MLB), was kind of like an old Sox player haven. El Guapo pitched for them, Dan Duquette was a co-owner, and Dauby taught the youngsters how to roll up the pants to show off some stirrup.
In 2009 the team changed their name to The American Defenders of New Hampshire, and promoted Dauby to manager of the ball club with the catchy name. Unfortunately for Dauby and the players, the team was evicted from Holman stadium in Nashua midway through the 2009 season because of nonpayment of rent. The team is now in Pittsfield Mass with a better handle, The Colonials.
In 2010 Daubach was named manager of the Hagerstown Suns, a Single-A club in the Washington Nationals farm system. He’s still coaching there, having managed both Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg.
So here’s to Dauby, once and always a Dirtdog.