Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Greg Colbrunn

Sent: 4/21/11
Received: 5/16/11
Time: 25 Days
Address: c/o Charleston RiverDogs
Item Sent: 1997 Fleer, 1997 Ultra
Item Received: 1997 Fleer, 1997 Ultra.  Both signed in black Sharpie.

Greg Colbrunn was once a top prospect for the Montreal Expos.  He appeared in 70 games for the 1997 Twins, right in the middle of his 13-year career.  Cast off by Montreal, he signed with the fledgling Florida Marlins in 1994.  The following season was the best of his career.  As the Marlins' everyday first baseman in 1995, he established career highs with 560 plate appearances, 23 home runs, 89 RBI, and 11 quiet stolen bases, while posting a .277/.311/.453 slash line.  Two years later, he was platooning with Scott Stahoviak in Minnesota.  He was dealt to the Braves for a prospect late in the season.  It was then when he found his true calling in the National League: pinch hitter and righty-platoon player. He spent most of the rest of his career in that role for the Arizona Diamondbacks, winning the World Series in 2001.

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