[21], On August 3, 2012, Blanton was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a player to be named later (minor league prospect Ryan O'Sullivan). Is he dating someone? ", © 2020 The Philadelphia Inquirer, LLC Terms of Use/Privacy Policy. [40], On March 2, 2017, Blanton signed a one-year, $4 million contract with the Washington Nationals. [16] He also pitched three complete games in 2007, but his first one of the season was his third career complete-game loss, on April 25. Blanton throws a low-90's fastball, along with a 12–6 curveball, a slider, and a straight changeup. For Kentucky-born Joe Blanton and his wife, California native LeeAndra Blanton, Selah Wines represents an opportunity to live in a place they love and pursue a passion they share: making great wine. The heart of California's wine country was where they got engaged and married, and the two of them spent two weeks vacationing there after every baseball season, he said. Joe was a young major league baseball player playing for the Oakland A’s when his interest in wine was stoked at team dinners on the road. In 2015, the Blantons moved to California and released their first wine — the 2014 Selah Cabernet Sauvignon — last November. Is he married? [32] He pitched in a pro day at Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin to demonstrate his pitching for potential major league clubs. Blanton, who won a World Series ring in 2008 after his first season with the Phillies and pitched for the team until 2012, purchased a vineyard on Howell Mountain in Napa Valley in 2014. [25] Most of his struggles were attributed to the home run ball, giving up 29 in 132.2 innings. For Kentucky-born Joe Blanton and his wife, California native LeeAndra Blanton, Selah Wines represents an opportunity to live in a place they love and pursue a passion they share: making great wine. [45], Blanton and his wife, LeeAndra, have three children and live in St. Helena, California. The new solo album from Bluefields member, Joe Blanton. After playing college baseball for the University of Kentucky, the Athletics selected in the 2002 MLB draft. Blanton was able to promote his wine in Philadelphia when he returned to the city for the 2008 Phillies' 10-year reunion celebration, which he called "an amazing experience." Ultimately, it was the place they decided to make their home, and they now live in the north valley town of Calistoga with their three children. [9] He posted a 12–12 record with a 3.53 ERA in 33 starts, and his 33 starts set an Oakland rookie record for most games started which had broken the previous mark of 32 set by Matt Keough in 1978. [3] In 2001 he played collegiate summer baseball in the Cape Cod Baseball League for the Bourne Braves. A search for vineyard land brought them to their Howell Mountain property, and as longtime admirers of Cabernet Sauvignon wines from the appellation, it was a site that spoke to them immediately. Amber Shader - Photography [27] He made two starts in the minors and then on April 13, 2014, Blanton announced his retirement from baseball. "Other sports people have put their names on wines, whether they're good or not, but Joe has taken a different approach," Schiavone said. His fiance? Josh, who was introduced to Joe and LeeAndra Blanton through Winemaker Thomas Brown, with whom he works on several wine projects, has been described as a hillside specialist due to his extensive work with mountain vineyards. Mora Cronin - Copywriting Napa Valley was where the couple could unwind and take a break from their busy lives. Instead, the Blantons hired winemaker Thomas Brown, named Food and Wine's winemaker of the year in 2010, to work with them, among many other clients. [8] He made his first start on April 8 against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, pitching five innings and allowing two runs. I have the good fortune to count Dan Baird and Warner Hodges among my closest friends. Presidential race hinges on crucial swing states, including Pa. 2008 Phillies' 10-year reunion celebration. The winery now makes 11 different wines. They used the trip as an opportunity to "pause and reflect" between the months when Blanton was training and playing. "The first year is basically getting it out there, telling the story, and really trying to develop your brand," he said. When Joe and LeeAndra met Thomas Brown, it was his likeminded philosophy of winemaking and easygoing style that convinced the couple he was the right winemaker for Selah Wines. [12] Blanton did not pitch in the ALDS for the Athletics, but was named to the roster for the ALCS, where he pitched two innings in one appearance, allowing no hits or runs. Does Joe Blanton (Washington, MLB) have a girlfriend? Loved by all who knew her! A native of Kentucky, Blanton, now 37, said Napa Valley became important to him and his wife long before he owned property there. The wine received a rating of 93 points out of 100 from wine critic Antonio Galloni, founder and chief executive of the wine publication Vinous and is available to buy through the vineyard's website for $110. Would you date him? The $3,000 cost isn't covered by insurance. He said it was good to see Blanton pursue another passion after baseball and succeed at it. On July 29, 2015, Blanton was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates for cash considerations. [43] Both before and after his stint on the disabled list, Blanton struggled with a significant increase in his rate of home runs given up. Josh Clark had the good fortune to grow up in Napa Valley, spending most of his days with his father who ran Clark Vineyard Management, the family’s vineyard management company. Joseph Matthew Blanton (born December 11, 1980) is an American former professional baseball pitcher, who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Oakland Athletics, Philadelphia Phillies, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Kansas City Royals, Pittsburgh Pirates, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Washington Nationals. "I've basically had a great few days of being there where I had a couple of days reliving my baseball career and another day focusing on my next career as a winemaker," he said. He worked alongside his father for two years before taking over the family business in 2000. He struck out 39 batters in ​34 1⁄3 innings pitched. They purchased their small Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard on Howell Mountain in Napa Valley in 2014, but their fondness for this wine region – and their determination to live and work here – goes back much further. Despite the fact that he was traded before the Royals' World Series run that year, he still received a World Series ring, his second in his career.[35]. Blanton said a little over three acres are planted at Blanton Family Vineyards, which does not have an accompanying winery to actually make wine. Boutique wines are often not available in restaurants or stores, he said, so a lot of their sales come through wine tastings. [36] Blanton appeared in 21 games, going 5–0 with a 1.57 ERA. Logan said he thought Blanton's wine was "spectacular" — showing "the grape qualities of a big Napa wine" — and invited him to share his story with his wine club back in Philly. Joseph Oberhansley, 34, appeared in Clark County, Indiana court on Monday when he was hit with more charges in the September murder of his ex-girlfriend Tammy Jo Blanton, 46. [13] He pitched his first career complete game shutout against the Kansas City Royals on May 31. Blanton made his major league debut on September 21, 2004, against the Texas Rangers. Joe Blanton's career as a major-league baseball pitcher introduced him to a passion that would become his next one: winemaking. He struck out 143 batters in 176 innings, tossing one complete game in 26 starts.[7]. He was also credited with the win in the Phillies' Game 4 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays, pitching six innings and allowing two runs on four hits. Blanton returned from retirement to pitch in MLB from 2015 through 2017. [41] He was put on the 10-day disabled list on May 17 with right shoulder inflammation[42] and reactivated June 11. He made his MLB debut in 2004. Selah is considered a boutique wine, generally meaning it comes from a small vineyard that prioritizes quality over quantity. While searching for a name for their wine, Blanton and his wife discovered that the Hebrew word "Selah" is often translated as "to pause or to reflect," he said. [1] He graduated from Franklin-Simpson High School in 1999. "We saw our wine as something that really didn't have anything to do with my previous career in baseball," he said. Blanton and his wife, LeeAndra, have three children and live in St. Helena, California. Blanton and his wife own a 3-acre (1.2 ha) vineyard on Howell Mountain that produces cabernet sauvignon. Single? Join our mailing list and receive future offerings. [26], On March 31, 2014, the Oakland Athletics signed Blanton to a minor league deal and sent him to the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats. During travel between games he immersed himself in wine books and tasted as often as he could with likeminded teammates. [23][24] Blanton would go on to finish the 2013 season with a disappointing 2–14 record and a 6.04 ERA. [37] He became the Dodgers primary setup man, appearing in 75 games with a 7–2 record and a 2.48 ERA in 80 innings. [31], On February 13, 2015, Blanton signed a minor league contract with the Kansas City Royals. A native of Kentucky, Blanton, now 37, said Napa Valley became important to him and his wife long before he owned property there. Older players – mentors on and off the field – would order wine for the group, and Joe became intrigued. "I know that sounds a little weird, but when I was a younger player and we used to travel a lot, the older guys would pick up the dinner and we would usually go to steakhouses and they would always order wine.". The drug, which is sold in tablets of 100 and 200 milligram tablets become effective as early as 2010, Teva Pharmaceuticals, the Israeli-based pharmaceutical company enters the final stages of patenting a new medication for the treatment of the condition. [16] Blanton made his 100th career appearance at the end of the season, a 7–3 win against the Texas Rangers on September 15. [44] He finished the 2017 season with a 2-4 record and a 5.68 ERA in ​44 1⁄3 innings across 51 appearances, all in relief. Blanton is not the first member of a Philadelphia sports franchise who transitioned to a career in winemaking. Blanton was third on the team in innings pitched, but still exceeded 200 innings in his first full season. Bronze - Design & Creative Direction Club 21 member Vince Schiavone, chairman of Akuda Labs, a San Jose technology company, and a principle of Prioratus, LLC, a consulting firm, said he was most impressed by Blanton's commitment to his wine. He started 10 games for the Dodgers and was 2–4 with a 4.99 ERA. For the season, 51% of his strikeouts were "looking", the highest percentage in the majors. Business news and analysis sent straight to your inbox every Tuesday morning. Blanton, who retired from baseball after the 2017 season, said they knew immediately that they wanted the wine to stand on its own, separate from his time as a pitcher. Joe Blanton's Home Page Dedicated to the memory of my loving wife Joyce, who lost her battle with ovarian cancer on Friday, January 19, 1996 at 9:05 a.m.. Joyce Elaine McGonigal Blanton Apr 1945 - Jan 1996: A loving wife, wonderful mother, and dedicated teacher. He made three appearances and pitched eight innings. [22], In December 2012, Blanton signed a two-year contract worth $15 million with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. 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