Friday, March 25, 2011

Mike Trombley

Sent: 1/27/11
Received: 3/24/11
Time: 56 Days
Address: Home
Item Sent: 1991 Line Drive AA, 1993 Donruss, 1993 Ultra
Item Received: 1991 Line Drive AA, 1993 Donruss, 1993 Ultra.  All signed in black Sharpie.

Funny how less than a week after getting a return from Dan Naulty, I hear back from Mike Trombley.  Naulty, who would admit to steroid use years later, has talked about the guilt he felt in seeing Trombley - a presumably clean player - pack his bags as the last spring cut in 1996 when Naulty made the team over him.  I think it worked out okay for Trombley.  He made it back to the big leagues for good that June, and had a stellar year: 5-1 with a 3.01 ERA and six saves.  He would be one of the Twins' most valuable relievers for the rest of the decade, culminating in one season as a full-time closer (1999, when he collected 24 saves for a team that won just 63 games).  He signed a nice free-agent deal with Baltimore the following year, but returned to Minnesota for the final five games of his career in 2002.

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