Baseball cards highlighted Minor League pro careers of several Orleans County players
For well over a century baseball cards have been a key part of the major leagues diamond sport and since the 1970’s minor league players have also gained recognition on these cardboard collectables.
No less than six Orleans County players have been pictured on baseball cards during their Minor League careers including Daryl Bailey, Aaron Bouie and Andre Kinder from Albion, Brian Fry from Medina and Rob and Tim Riemer from Lyndonville.
Bailey, a pitcher who played two years at Monroe Community College after graduating from Albion was the Milwaukee Brewers first pick in the 1977 winter free-agent draft and the third overall selection.
He played three years in the Brewers minor league system at Burlington in the Midwest Class A League in 1977, at Burlington and Holyoke in the AA Eastern League in 1978 and at Stockton in the California A League and at Holyoke in 1979. He compiled a career record on the mound of 13-11 with 15 saves.
Bouie, who was also a pitcher, played four years at St. Bonaventure after graduating from Albion and was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 22nd round of the 2000 draft.
He played for the Bluefield Orioles in the Appalachian Rookie League and for the Orioles Gulf Coast Rookie League team in 2000 and for the Tennessee T’s in the All American Association in 2001.
Kinder, who attended Peru State College after graduating from Albion, was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 42nd round of the June 2011 draft.
He pitched for the Phillies Gulf Coast League rookie league in 2011. He then played for three teams in 2012, the Phillies Gulf Coast team, Clearwater of the Florida League and Williamsport of the New York-Penn League. Over the two years he had a 2-3 record on the mound and two saves.
Fry, a pitcher who played at Monroe Community College after graduating from Medina, was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 32nd round of the June 1989 draft.
He played for the Reds Billings, Montana team in the Pioneer League in 1989 and 1990. He compiled a 5-4 record on the mound with 2 saves.
Rob Riemer, likewise a pitcher, played at Monroe Community College after graduating from Lyndonville and was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 33 round of the 1986 June draft.
He played for the Giants, Everett Washington team in the Northwest League in 1986.
Tim Riemer, a catcher who also played for Monroe Community College, was signed by the Cleveland Indians in 1989 and played for Watertown in the New York-Penn League that season. He also managed the Newark team in the Independent North Atlantic League in 1995.