It’s been a while since I got any autographed baseball cards back in the mail, but then again I haven’t sent any out since August.
Today I received this signed 2015 Topps card I sent to Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier back during spring training. I’m having a hard enough time getting to everything I want to do during the holiday season, so kudos to Dozier for fitting in time to go through fan mail.
An All-Star for the Twins in 2015, Dozier already has 75 home runs in just three and a half seasons in the big leagues.
We’re in the middle of the annual period where minor league baseball teams can change which major league organization they are affiliated with if their agreements have expired. This year, there seems to be a bit more activity than usual.
You can read Josh Levanthal‘s rundown of all the changes at Baseball America, but I’m just going highlight the changes that might be of interest to us in the New Jersey area.
The Colorado Rockies signed a two-year Player Development with the New Britain (Conn.) Rock Cats of the Double-A Eastern League. New Britain had been affiliated with the Minnesota Twins for the past 20 years. The Rockies had their original Double-A affiliate in the Eastern League, the New Haven Ravens, from 1994-98. (New Britain visits Trenton for a four-game series Aug. 31 – Sept. 3, 2015)
Pat Neshek is a 33-year-old relief pitcher who’s played for the Minnesota Twins, San Diego Padres and Oakland Athletics during a 7-year major league career.
In 2004, while he was still in the minor leagues, Neshek established his own website – which is still active today – giving him a way to communicate directly with fans years before Twitter became popular.
Neshek is also an autograph collector. He is one of the very few active baseball players to invite fans to send him anything they “need signed” and he’ll trade a signed card of himself for any signed card from one of the four major professional sports.
I picked up Neshek’s Topps Heritage card earlier this year when the set came out, but I only got around to mailing it to him in August. Last week, it came back signed 18 days after I sent it out.
Here are the other Pat Neshek autographed cards I’ve gotten over the years (the minor league cards were acquired through his trade offer.)