Monday, August 16, 2010
Time: 61 Days
Item Sent: 1983 Fritsch Visalia Oaks, 1986 ProCards Orlando Twins, 1988 CMC Edmonton Trappers
Item Received: 1983 Fritsch Visalia Oaks, 1986 ProCards Orlando Twins, 1988 CMC Edmonton Trappers. All signed in thin blue Sharpie.
It took a bit for a return from Mr. Holmes, but I am thrilled to add the signature of the biggest slugger on the 1983 Visalia Oaks to my team set. No, not Kirby Puckett. Stan Holmes hit .302 with 37 homers and 115 RBI, tallying a .983 OPS for the Oaks that season. He followed that with a 25 homer season at AA Orlando in 1984, but started declining from there and was out of the Twins organization after 1986. After struggling at the AAA level, he resurfaced with the Angels' AA Midland team in 1987 and hit .309 with 30 homers. He was out of pro ball two years later. All told, he slugged 143 home runs over nine minor league seasons, but never did get a chance to flex his muscle in the big leagues.