Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Casey Kotchman

Sent: 8/18/11
Received: 10/14/11
Time: 57 Days
Address: c/o Tampa Bay Rays
Item Sent: 2008 Topps Heritage
Item Received: 2008 Topps Heritage, signed in blue Sharpie.

Kotchman was one of the great under-reported stories of the 2011 baseball season.  He's a long time removed from being the Angels' first baseman of the future.  Since then he had bounced around from Atlanta to Boston to Seattle before signing a minor league contract with the Rays last off-season.  He took the first base job in mid-April and ran with it.  At the time of my request, he was suprisingly among the top five in the AL batting average race with a mark of around .330.  He did slump a bit down the stretch, but still finished the season with a very respectable .306 average (eighth in the AL) and .378 OBP (10th in the league), all while playing his usual sterling defense.

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