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mike caruso, 2000 topps #86, white sox

Player: Caruso, Mike

Card: 2000 Topps #86

Position: SS

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Michael John Caruso (born May 27, 1977 in Queens, NYC) is a former Major League Baseball shortstop who played for the Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals.

Caruso was a prospect for the San Francisco Giants. During the 1997 season, Caruso was one of six prospects (along with Keith Foulke, Bob Howry, Lorenzo Barceló, Ken Vining, and Brian Manning) traded to the White Sox in exchange for Wilson Álvarez, Danny Darwin, and Roberto Hernández in what became known as the White Flag Trade.

In 1998, Caruso was called up by the White Sox at the age of 20 to become their everyday starting shortstop. He finished third in the Major League Baseball Rookie of the Year Award balloting after hitting .306 in 133 games. He was named to the 1998 Topps All-Star Rookie Team. However, his career in Chicago only lasted two years. He reemerged back into the Major Leagues in 2002 with the Royals, but only played in 12 games.

After two years out of the game, Caruso began a comeback attempt. He played the 2007 season for the South Georgia Peanuts of the independent South Coast League. However, the South Coast League only lasted one season before suspending operations. He then played for the Joliet JackHammers.

(excerpted from Baseball Almanac, BR Bullpen & Wikipedia)


Image courtesy of Lancaster Online


Mike Caruso is part of the New York City Born Player Tour – Go to the Next Stop

Mike is also part of the Topps Card Tour – 2000 Topps – Go to the Next Stop

Mike is also part of the Chicago White Sox Players Tour – Go To the Next Stop

See all of Mike’s baseball cards at TCDB

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