Sunday, June 22, 2014

Week-end TTM Roundup: 6/16-6/21

More weeks, more returns :).

Received On: 6/16/2014

My first return this week was from former Yankees backstop Don Slaught. And boy was this return quite something.
Don Slaught was a catcher in the big leagues who had a playing career that lasted 16 years across 7 different teams. He was originally drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 7th round of the 1980 MLB player draft and made his debut on July 6th, 1982. He was traded to the Rangers two years later and after that he ended up in New York and playing for the bombers. He spent two seasons in the big apple, posting a triple slash line of .266/.324/.409 in two seasons. He later spent time with the Pirates, Angels, White Sox and Padres and his career ended in 1997.

I actually didn't send Slaught either of the Score cards you see above. I actually sent him this card.


Which he sent back unsigned but also included with other cards of his that were signed. Two of them you saw above, the rest were...

Received On: 6/16/2014

Holy smokes, Don took the time to sign all of those Buccos cards and sent them to me. And I know that he didn't use a stamp or something because every signature is different.
I don't even care that he sent back the original card I sent out unsigned, these six that are signed make up for it and then some.
Talk about a (D)onslaught eh? ... -_-; Yeah I'm sorry.

Received On: 6/17/2014

Next is former Yankee John Olerud.
Olerud needs no introduction. He was one of the best players in the game back in the 90's. Hitting for cycles, being selected to All-Star games, winning gold gloves, being on World Series Champion teams, the guy had a career that every minor leaguer and college/high school baseball player would kill to have. Olerud was also one of those rare players that could jump directly from college baseball to major league baseball without needing any seasoning in the minors. He was a slick defender who always wore his batting helmet even when he was fielding to prevent brain aneurysms, and given how dangerous baseballs that have just been hit off a bat are, I'm semi surprised that more players don't do the same.
Anyway I'm really glad that this return came back to me so quickly. Before I sent the request out the reported returns that popped up were originally sent like 2-3 years ago, and yet here I am receiving this in a matter of 2-3 months. No complaints though, I'm extremely happy to receive an autograph of such an iconic player. Long live Olerud.

Received On: 6/17/2014

This return had me jumping up and down out of pure joy.
Rinku Singh was one of the first two players born in India to play in Minor League Baseball, the other was Dinesh Patel. Rinku Singh is a lefty who was originally a javelin thrower before trying out for the reality TV show, Million Dollar Arm and earning a chance to come to America and win the million dollar prize. Rinku signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2008 and he made his professional debut on 2009 with the GCL Pirates. In the process he became the first player from India to ever pitch for a professional baseball team/league in America. While Dinesh Patel only lasted two season over in the US, Singh has still remained here and is currently looking to bounce back in 2015 as his 2013 season was derailed by injuries and his 2014 season never started thanks to Tommy John surgery. I really hope Singh manages to make it to the majors though. I'm all for players from places not known for baseball (which is pretty much anywhere that's not America, Canada, the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Japan, South Korea or the Netherlands) and we are long overdue for a player from India.

Received On: 6/21/2014

My last return this week was from former Yankee Charles Hudson.
Charles Hudson was originally drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in 1981 and made his debut with the Phillies two years later. He stayed in Philly for a few seasons before being traded to the Yankees in 1987. During his two seasons in New York, Hudson was primarily a reliever (although he did start close to 40% of the games he appeared in) and had a 3.97 ERA and a 1.238 WHIP with the team. He was traded to the Tigers in 1989 and his career ended that year due to a accident he got into while driving under the influence. Allegedly he began having alcoholic tendencies when he started to struggle as a professional baseball player. I'm amazed at how so few many of these kinds of guys are around today, in the 1890's they were everywhere, what happened?

Anyway, big thanks to Mr. Slaught, Olerud, Singh and Hudson for the awesome autographs.
And as always, thanks to you (the reader) for stopping by yet again. As always, take care :).

2014 TTM Count: 112

Sources:
*http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/slaugdo01.shtml
*https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Olerud
*http://pittsburgh.pirates.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090705&content_id=5704414&vkey=news_pit&fext=.jsp&c_id=pit
*https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Hudson_(baseball)
*http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/h/hudsoch02.shtml

4 comments:

  1. That is the onslaught of DonSlaught, certainly. And I know I have thought that before too.

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    1. Lol, I'm glad to see that I'm not alone :).

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