Friday, September 2, 2011
Time: 500 Days
Address: c/o University of Portland
Item Sent: 1989 ProCards Portland Beavers, 1990 CMC Portland Beavers, 1993 Fleer Final Edition
Item Received: 1989 ProCards Portland Beavers, 1990 CMC Portland Beavers, 1993 Fleer Final Edition. All signed in blue Sharpie.
Yeah, you read that correctly. 500 days, on the dot! I wrote to Larry Casian within my first week and a half of starting this hobby and blog in April 2010. Nearly a year and a half later, he demolished my record for longest wait on a successful request, previously held by former Minnesota North Star Mike Craig (394 days). Casian spent parts of five seasons with the Twins. He appeared in 15 games for the 1991 World Series winners, but was not a part of the post-season roster. His finest season in Minnesota was 1993, when he went 5-3 with a 3.02 ERA in 54 games. After a disastrous 1994, which saw him released by both the Twins and Indians and posting a combined 7.35 ERA and 1.82 WHIP, he rebounded with two wonderful seasons for the Cubs. He was 1-0 with a 1.93 ERA in 42 games in 1995 and 1-1 with a 1.88 ERA in 35 games in 1996. The wheels fell off again in '97 and after brief stints with the Royals and White Sox, his career was over. He is now the pitching coach for the University of Portland baseball team.