Tuesday, December 15, 2009
2000 Just Gold Shane Heams
Who is this? Shane Heams, a former minor league pitcher and U.S. Olympic Gold Medal winner
What is this? An autograph card from the gold parallel of the 2000 Just minor league prospect set
Where'd I get it? I got the card signed at a Somerset Patriots game in 2005
How much did it cost? I got the card in a trade; the autograph was free
Why is this so special? Shane Heams was drafted as an outfielder by the Seattle Mariners in 1994, but he didn't hit. So the Mariners tried making him a pitcher, and it worked out fairly well. For most of his career, he averaged better than a strikeout per inning.
In 2000, Heams pitched for the U.S. Olympic Gold Medal-winning baseball team. He was not able to translate Olympic success into a major league career, though. He finished his professional career with the independent Somerset Patriots in 2005, retiring at age 30
Shane Heams was very good about signing autographs, but he was efficient. He simplified his signature to just "Sh H."