Monday, July 26, 2010

Ryan Rowland-Smith

Sent: 6/30/10
Received: 7/26/10
Time: 26 Days
Address: c/o Seattle Mariners
Item Sent: 2010 Topps
Item Received: 2010 Topps, signed in blue Sharpie.

The big Australian is having a rough season in the Mariners rotation this year, but when I uncovered this card in a pack of 2010 Topps I decided I should try for his signature.  He was, after all, very briefly a member of the Twins organization.  In 2005 he was in spring training with the Twins as a Rule 5 draft pick from the Mariners.  He didn't make the team, and was thus returned to Seattle, where he spent a few more years in the minors before getting the call.  Given that he never pitched in a regular season major or minor league game for the Twins, I'm not sure if I should include him in my Twins collection.  But I'm going to anyway.

1 comment:

  1. I am pleased you're happy with your Ryan Rowland-Smith signature. Whilst Rowland-Smith may have only had a short stay with the Twins, six Aussies have played MLB with the Twins. The Twins continued investment in Aussie baseball talent is much appreciated Down Under. Just last month another Aussie penned a deal with the Twins. Nicholas R.W. Henning - Australian Baseball Author