Sunday, April 22, 2012
Time: 7 Days
Address: c/o Inland Empire 66ers
Item Sent: 1989 ProCards Orlando Twins, 1990 Score
Item Received: 1989 ProCards Orlando Twins, 1990 Score. Both signed in black Sharpie.
Some players simply don't like receiving fan mail at their home. Take Chili Davis. I think he was a decent TTM signer throughout his career. At least I remember getting him through the Twins when I was a kid. But he built up a solid reputation as a non-signer following his retirement. That suddenly changed last year when he accepted a position as the hitting coach for the Pawtucket Red Sox. Suddenly Chili was a signer again, as long as his mail was sent to his team.
It looks like the same thing is happening this year with another former Twins slugger. Paul Sorrento, who was a power hitting prospect trapped behind Kent Hrbek and the aforementioned Chili Davis on the Twins depth chart, won the World Series as a rookie bench bat in 1991. Traded to the Indians the next year, he put together a solid career as a part of some of the best offenses of the '90s in Cleveland and Seattle. His TTM return rate, as reported on SCN, was hovering somewhere around 10% at this time last year.
This spring, he started a new gig as the hitting coach for the Inland Empire 66ers in the Angels' organization. I noticed a success posted on SCN, so I immediately wrote. A week later, and I had these two beautifully signed cards. Through the first month of the season, it looks like Sorrento has turned into an automatic autograph... as long as you send to the team.