Saturday, February 22, 2014

TTM Return x2: Don Larsen & David Phelps

Two returns from two awesome Yankee pitchers :).

Received On: 2/22/2014

I'm pretty sure that most of you know who Don Larsen is. He was in the majors for 15 seasons and threw a perfect game in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series for the Yankees. And he was a pretty darn good hitter (as far as pitchers go).

I sent Mr. Larsen the card above along with a donation/fee and he sent it back signed along with a catalog/price guide for various other memorabilia (mostly 8x10 photos).

Up next is my first return from an active Yankee. David "Phelpsie" Phelps.

Received On: 2/22/2014

Phelpsie was drafted by the Yankees in the 14th round of the 2008 MLB player draft (440th overall). Phelps spent four seasons in the minors, made the Yankees' Opening Day roster in 2012 and made his MLB debut on April 8th, 2012 as a reliever.
Since then Phelps has been in and out of the Yankees rotation often filling in for injured starters.
2013 didn't go very smoothly for Phelps as he spent a lot of time on the DL but I really hope he bounces back in 2014. He's currently one of the candidates for the 5th spot in the starting rotation and IMHO is probably the strongest candidate. It'll be interesting to see what happens if Phelps doesn't get the job as the next logical job for him would be the long-man in the bullpen only that job is probably going to by occupied by Adam Warren. Good luck Phelpsie!

I'll go a lot more into detail about Phelps (especially his time in the minors) in a future edition of Players With Staten Island Yankees Cards.

So huge thanks to Mr. Larsen and Mr. Phelps for the awesome autographs.
As always I'd like to thank those of you who took the time to read all of this. Take care everyone.

TTM Goal Countdown: 40