Wednesday, November 18, 2009
2000 Topps Traded Autographs Tony Pena Jr.
Who is this? Tony Pena Jr., a former shortstop for the Atlanta Braves and Kansas City Royals
What is this? An autographed card from the 2000 Topps Traded Autographs insert set
Where'd I get it? This is yet another baseball card show purchase
How much did it cost? $1
Why is this so special? Tony Pena Jr. is the son of former catcher and former Kansas City Royals manager Tony Pena. He reached the majors in 2006 with the Atlanta Braves, but he was traded to Kansas City before the 2007 season.
He was the Royals starting shortstop in 2007, batting .267 with 2 home runs and 47 RBI. Those numbers probably would have been good enough in the 1970s, but not now. And the next year, he did worse - just .169 in 95 games. Pena's struggles at the plate continued this year; he hit .098 in 40 games in 2009, primarily as a defensive replacement.
But he's still trying. He went back to the minors and is trying to make it as a pitcher now.
Tony Pena Jr.'s autograph looks like it was definitely influenced by his father's.