Sunday, April 18, 2010
2008 Bowman Chrome Brian Barton
Who is this? Former St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Brian Barton
What is this? An autographed card from the 2008 Bowman Chrome set
Where'd I get it? Barton signed it for me before today's exhibition game between the Bridgeport Bluefish and Newark Bears
How much did it cost? I'm not sure where I got the card
Why is this so special? Brian Barton came up through the Cleveland Indians system, but he didn't make it to the big leagues with them. He was selected in the Rule V draft by the St. Louis Cardinals following the 2007 season.
Barton spent 2008 in the majors, hitting .268 with two home runs and 13 RBI in limited duty. He was traded to Atlanta in 2009, but spent most of the year in the minors. This year, he was in spring training with the Dodgers, but he got released at the end of March. He's currently a member of the Bridgeport Bluefish in the independent Atlantic League of Professional Baseball.
Barton's signature isn't all that pretty, but I can't complain about penmanship when a player stops to sign before a game. Besides, it doesn't look much sloppier than the facsimile signature printed on the card.