Friday, September 30, 2011
Time: 17 Days
Item Sent: 1990 Star Kenosha Twins, 1991 ProCards Visalia Oaks, 1993 Fleer/ProCards Nashville Xpress
Item Received: 1990 Star Kenosha Twins, 1991 ProCards Visalia Oaks, 1993 Fleer/ProCards Nashville Xpress. All signed in black Sharpie.
Jayson Best spent five seasons in the Twins organization, eventually making the 40 man roster before an injury cut his career short. After a couple of seasons as a starter and swingman, he was converted into a full-time reliever in 1992. He responded with 22 saves over two minor league levels that season, struck out a hitter per inning, and was viewed highly enough by the Twins that he was placed on the 40-man. In 1993 he only appeared in three games before undergoing Tommy John surgery. He was not able to come back and was eventually released by the Twins. Jayson wrote in his reply letter to me that he is now a mail carrier in Indiana. He also notes that the picture on the 1991 Visalia card I sent is actually of Steve Dunn. He and Dunn switched IDs in attempt to prank the photographers, and it worked. I may send the card to Dunn to see if I can get both of their signatures!