Wednesday, October 19, 2011
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.