Saturday, January 16, 2010

2005 Somerset Patriots Giveaway Ryan Radmanovich

Who is this? Ryan Radmanovich, a former major league outfielder with the Seattle Mariners

What is this? An autographed card from the 2005 Somerset Patriots giveaway set

Where'd I get it? I got it signed before a Somerset Patriots game in 2005

How much did it cost? Nothing. Both the card and autograph were free.

Why is this so special? Ryan Radmanovich played in 25 games for the Seattle Mariners in 1998, but he had a much more extensive minor league career. In 17 seasons, he hit 269 minor league home runs.

Radmanovich was the starting right fielder for the Canadian Olympic team in 2004, and he played for Team Canada in the first World Baseball Classic in 2006.

He spent five seasons with the Somerset Patriots in the independent Atlantic League and holds a number of team records. He was honored as a member of the Somerset Patriots All-Time team in 2008.

Radmanovich has an interesting autograph. The open loops at the top of the initial "R" and the "h" are unusual.

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