Thursday, February 21, 2019

Johnny Almaraz


I met him at a Philadelphia Phillies Florida Instructional League game at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida in 2016.

He was the Philadelphia Phillies amateur scouting director and just happened to be in attendance that day.

Johnny signed a 1989 ProCards card #431.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.cgi?id=almara001joh

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Tito Polo


I met him at a Florida Instructional League game at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida in 2016, when the New York Yankees came to play the Philadelphia Phillies.

Tito signed a 2015 West Virginia Power Team Set card #12.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.cgi?id=polo--000tit

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Kyle Holder


I met him at a Florida Instructional League game at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida in 2016, when the New York Yankees came to play the Philadelphia Phillies.

Kyle signed a 2015 Staten Island Yankees Team Set card #16.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.cgi?id=holder000kyl

Monday, February 18, 2019

Travis Chapman


I met him at a Florida Instructional League game at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida in 2016, when the New York Yankees, whom he was coaching, came to play the Philadelphia Phillies.

Travis signed a 2003 Donruss Champions card #295.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/chapmtr01.shtml

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Wilkerman Garcia


I met him at a Florida Instructional League game at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida in 2016, when the New York Yankees came to play the Philadelphia Phillies.

Wilkerman signed a 2016 Pulaski Yankees Team Set card #14.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.cgi?id=garcia010wil

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Josh Tobias


I met him during the Philadelphia Phillies Florida Instructional League at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida in 2016.

Josh signed a 2016 Lakewood Blueclaws Team Set card #25.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.cgi?id=tobias000jos

Friday, February 15, 2019

James Rowson


I met him at a Florida Instructional League game at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida in 2016, when the New York Yankees, whom he was the Minor League hitting coordinator for, came to play the Philadelphia Phillies.

James signed a 2006 Rancho Cucamonga Quakes Team Set card.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.cgi?id=rowson001jam

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Vladimir Guerrero, Jr.


I met him during the Toronto Blue Jays Florida Instructional League at the Bobby Mattick Training Center at Englebert Complex in Dunedin, Florida in 2016.

Vladimir signed a 2016 Bowman Platinum Top Prospects card #TP-VG.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.cgi?id=guerre002vla

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Carl Wise


I met him during the Toronto Blue Jays Florida Instructional League at the Bobby Mattick Training Center at Englebert Complex in Dunedin, Florida in 2016.

Carl signed a 2015 Bowman Draft card #139.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.cgi?id=wise--000car

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Cavan Biggio


I met him during the Toronto Blue Jays Florida Instructional League at the Bobby Mattick Training Center at Englebert Complex in Dunedin, Florida in 2016.

Cavan signed a 2013 Panini USA Baseball Champions Highlights card #10.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.cgi?id=biggio001cav

Monday, February 11, 2019

Juan Rincon


I met him at the Bobby Mattick Training Center at Englebert Complex in Dunedin, Florida in 2016, while he was a Toronto Blue Jays instructor during the Florida Instructional League.

Juan signed a 2006 Upper Deck card #691.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/r/rincoju01.shtml

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Lane Thomas


I met him during the Toronto Blue Jays Florida Instructional League at the Bobby Mattick Training Center at Englebert Complex in Dunedin, Florida in 2016.

Lane signed a 2014 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects card #DP124.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.cgi?id=thomas000lan

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Ryan Mountcastle


I met him at a Florida Instructional League game at the Bobby Mattick Training Center at Englebert Complex in Dunedin, Florida in 2016, when the Baltimore Orioles came to play the Toronto Blue Jays.

Ryan signed a 2015 Bowman Draft card #80.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.cgi?id=mountc000rya

Friday, February 8, 2019

Kennie Steenstra


I met him at a Florida Instructional League game at the Bobby Mattick Training Center at Englebert Complex in Dunedin, Florida in 2016, when the Baltimore Orioles, whom he was coaching, came to play the Toronto Blue Jays.

Kennie signed a 1994 Classic Best Gold card #131.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/steenke01.shtml

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Jose Hernandez


I met him at a Florida Instructional League game at the Bobby Mattick Training Center at Englebert Complex in Dunedin, Florida in 2016, when the Baltimore Orioles, whom he was coaching, came to play the Toronto Blue Jays.

Jose signed a 1991 Classic Best card #94.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/h/hernajo01.shtml

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Ryan McKenna


I met him at a Florida Instructional League game at the Bobby Mattick Training Center at Englebert Complex in Dunedin, Florida in 2016, when the Baltimore Orioles came to play the Toronto Blue Jays.

Ryan signed a 2015 Bowman Draft card #188.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.cgi?id=mckenn001rya

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Bobby Shantz


I never actually met Mr. Shantz. However, I had seen numerous collectors with his autograph that they had acquired through the mail. That never appealed to me, because I like meeting people in person that sign for me.

I had owned this card for over 20 years and knew that I would most likely never have the opportunity to have it signed in person. So, a week before Mr. Shantz's 91st birthday (September 26, 2016), I sent him my card and a short note.

Six days later my card came back signed.

Bobby signed a 1993 Ted Williams card #69.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/shantbo01.shtml

Monday, February 4, 2019

Stephen Tarpley


I met him at game 3 of the Florida State League Championship at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Florida in 2016.
Due to planned construction to the Tampa Yankees home stadium, the entire series was played in Bradenton where Tampa got to play as the home team for game 3.

Stephen signed a 2016 Bradenton Marauders Team Set card. He had just been traded from the Pirates to the Yankees 13 days before I got this card signed.

https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/t/tarplst01.shtml

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Austin Coley


I met him at game 3 of the Florida State League Championship, where the Bradenton Marauders came to play the Tampa Yankees at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Florida in 2016.
Due to planned construction to the Tampa Yankees home stadium, the entire series was played in Bradenton where Tampa got to play as the home team for game 3.

Austin signed a 2016 Bradenton Marauders Team Set card.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.cgi?id=coley-000aus

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Henry Hirsch


I met him at game 3 of the Florida State League Championship, where the Bradenton Marauders came to play the Tampa Yankees at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Florida in 2016.
Due to planned construction to the Tampa Yankees home stadium, the entire series was played in Bradenton where Tampa got to play as the home team for game 3.

Henry signed a 2016 Bradenton Marauders Team Set card.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.cgi?id=hirsch000hen

Friday, February 1, 2019

Jose Regalado


I met him at game 3 of the Florida State League Championship, where the Bradenton Marauders came to play the Tampa Yankees at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Florida in 2016.
Due to planned construction to the Tampa Yankees home stadium, the entire series was played in Bradenton where Tampa got to play as the home team for game 3.

Jose signed a 2016 Bradenton Marauders Team Set card.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.cgi?id=regala002jos