Boone Needs Heart Surgery
Veteran third baseman Aaron Boone needs heart surgery, according to a press conference held yesterday by the Houston Astros. It is not an emergency situation and Boone has known for several years that he would eventually have to do the surgery, but doctors have recommended that Boone take care of the situation now.
The third baseman is best known for his homerun in game 7 of the American League championship series against the Red Sox that propelled the New York Yankees to the 2003 World Series.
Boone, 36, was expected to platoon at third base for Houston along with Geoff Blum. Now, it looks as though Blum will get most of the playing time, although the Astros are still considering power hitting Chris Johnson.
Blum, 35 and an eleven year MLB vet, hit .240 last year and is a .250 career hitter. Blum posted career highs last year with 14 homers and 53 RBI in 114 games with Houston. He’s off to a horrible start this spring as his average is currently just .094.
Boone’s wife, Laura Cover, was a finalist for Fantasy Baseball Dugout’s Baseball’s Hottest Wives in 2008. Cover finished eighth in the voting. We at Fantasy Baseball Dugout wish Aaron the best and hope to see him back on the field in 2010.