Thursday, January 14, 2010
2006 Somerset Patriots Nick Bierbrodt
Who is this? Nick Bierbrodt, a former major league pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Cleveland Indians and Texas Rangers
What is this? An autographed card from the 2006 Somerset Patriots team set
Where'd I get it? I got it signed before a Somerset Patriots game in 2006
How much did it cost? The team set cost about $5
Why is this so special? Nick Bierbrodt was the first player in franchise history selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks. He was their first round selection in the 1996 amateur draft.
Bierbrodt made his major league debut with Arizona in 2001, but appeared in only five games before being traded to Tampa Bay. Bierbrodt missed much of the 2002 season after being shot, but he returned to Tampa Bay in 2003.
Bierbrodt never developed the control needed to become a successful major league pitcher and has played various independent baseball teams in the United States and for the Brother Elephants of the Chinese Professional Baseball League since 2005.
Bierbrodt's signature is recognizable, but I think you'd have trouble reading it if you didn't know what to look for.