Tuesday, December 8, 2009
2004 Donruss Playoff Honors Edwin Almonte
Who is this? Edwin Almonte, a pitcher and former New York Met
What is this? An autograph card from the Donruss Playoff Honors set, #35
Where'd I get it? I got the autograph at a Newark Bears game in 2008.
How much did it cost? The card was probably a quarter or so; the autograph was free.
Why is this so special? Almonte started his career in the White Sox system, but was traded to the Mets in 2003 for Roberto Alomar. So in a few more weeks, he might be able to say that he was once traded for a future Hall of Famer.
Almonte struggled in his brief trial with the Mets, allowing 21 hits -- including 3 home runs -- in just 11.1 innings. When New York removed him from the 40-man roster that winter, he was claimed by the Boston Red Sox. While Almonte appears as a Red Sox player on some cards, he never appeared in a game for them.
By 2007, Almonte was out of affiliated baseball. He played for the Newark Bears in 2007 & 2008. In 2009, he returned to the starting rotation for the first time in 8 years with Schaumburg in the Northern League.
I never quite figured out how to read Edwin Almonte's autograph. His last name has been simplified to "Al_t_", but I can't quite figure out how to read the loops that make up his first name.